By Judy Grahn
"Blood, Bread, and Roses" reclaims women's myths and tales, chronicling the ways that women's activities and the instructing of fable have interacted over the millenia. Grahn argues that tradition has been a weaving among the genders, a sharing of knowledge derived from menstruation. Her wealthy interpretations of historic menstrual rites provide us a brand new and hopeful tale of culture's beginnings in response to the mixing of physique, brain, and spirit present in women's traditions. "Blood, Bread, and Roses" deals we all a fashion again to figuring out the real which means of women's menstraul power.Foreword through Charlene Spretnak"[Grahn's] fascinating day trip via folklore, delusion, faith, anthropology and background bespeaks a feminist conviction that male starting place tales has to be balanced through a acceptance of women's crucial function in shaping civilization." -Publishers Weekly
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The origins of most of the tribal groups are relatively clear. Five of the six main tribes and all the minor groups, or closely related tribes, are living today in China, particularly in Yunnan Province. The Karen, the largest group, have an uncertain origin, though it is most likely the first Karen came to Burma long ago from southern Tibet or China (Lewis and Lewis 1984). The earliest reports of tribal people in northern Thailand are several centuries old. Particularly the Karen, but also the Hmong and Mien, were mentioned in two nineteenth-century writings, one edited by Mary Backus (1884) and the other titled An Englishman's Siamese Journals: 18901893 (1895).
These specimens, which are made into dry, flattened mounts on permanent herbarium paper, provide the all-important basis for the scientific identification of the plant, and serve as a formal voucher showing exactly what plant was described. The Latin scientific name enables taxonomists to catalog the material and indicates relationships. Moreover, these names are universally understood by scientists. These voucher specimens are then deposited in the herbarium of a major institution. I sent the main set of my voucher specimens to Harvard University's Economic Botany Herbarium, a second set to Arizona State University, and two additional sets to Payap and Chiang Mai universities in Thailand.
Occasionally the common names helped me determine the identification of the plant and provided confirmation of another record. Accuracy in recording the information was of great importance, but one could never be sure how much imagination or misrepresentation was involved. Though I never felt I was told a deliberate untruth, there was never a guarantee that what I was told was accurate. I was always pleased when a group of tribal people would gather around as I worked. One or two people would be the primary informant to whom I would direct questions.
Blood, Bread, and Roses: How Menstruation Created the World by Judy Grahn