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The taste of basil is known all over the world since the 16th century, because it is unique and is enhanced when cooking. But it is not only an essential ingredient for obtaining delicious dishes , it is also a symbol of original traditions and contains in its sprigs DNA full of stories.
A version that tells the story of this aromatic account that it grew around Christ's tomb after his resurrection. That is why many Orthodox churches use it to prepare their holy water and under the altars place vases filled with basil. There is also a version about Greeks and Romans, who for this plant to grow, cursed it. However they are all popular legends that do not have their proof...
This plant is also used to repel flying insects, and that is why it is always ideal to have it in any vegetable garden. Some of its medicinal properties are proven by its loyal consumers. Basil is digestive, serves as a soothing and helps to heal wounds . Other disciplines such as aromatherapy love it for its relaxing aroma. Its floral essence is widely used to integrate sexuality with spirituality, and for its contribution against mental fatigue.
This plant finds its real meaning in every community that venerates it and uses it as something much larger than an aromatic one. Chocó Indians, for example, plant and use seven different varieties of this plant to take their twigs and make baths for good luck. In addition, due to its aroma, basil was used by native communities as a perfume. These communities wore twigs on their neck or wrists to smell rich.
This fragrance became a symbol of carnival present and indispensable in all meetings. With its intense aroma, the fresh ramito of basil is used as an ornament and represents joy, protection and complicity, among thousands of positive emotions. Mainly used in carnival digs and burials, where it is combined with ancestral rites and symbolies typical of idiosyncrasy northerña.
The potency of this plant has to do with its intense aroma that connects the spirit with the here and now. In addition, it is digestive, and that is why it is directly related to the harvest time and the fact of digesting the thousands of traditional meals prepared for the carnival time. Therefore, all the parsas welcome their guests at the door with a branch of fresh basil , which is placed on one of the ears and represents a symbol of acceptance of the celebration.
In the Andean area, the carnival coincides with the end of the rainy season and the beginning of the crops. Therefore, in time of carnivals the earth is thanked, offerings and orders are made to the Pachamama. In addition, the ripening of fruits is appreciated , fertility and abundance are celebrated. And, in this sense, basil takes prominence. It is that, in reality, Carnival is intimately related to other festivities or meetings within the festive agricultural calendar. This time also comes the harvest of corn, and the elaboration of delicious humites that are perfumed with this traditional aromatic.
According to some accounts, basil leaves placed on the left ear indicate that the person is single and if the leaves are placed on the right ear he is married. In this case it would work as a kind of carnivalesque code, indicating what is the marital status of the person carrying the branch. Although there are also stories that mention that knowledge belonged to grandmothers and, in doubt, recommend using the basil branch on the right side.
And you... did you know the symbolism of basil? Which side would you wear the ramito on?
Publication Date: 13/04/2021
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