Artemis As Artemisia: Ancient Female Spirituality & Modern Medicine by Stuart Dean

Once again,
limb-loosening Love [Eros]
makes me tremble,
the bitter-sweet,
irresistible creature.

I just referred in a poem of my own to the stories held in the names of plants and then I stumble upon this fascinating article. I’m very happy to pass it on.

Detail of Artemis from a 5th century BCE Attic Vase Detail of Artemis from a 5th century BCE Attic Vase  (Museum of Fine Arts (Boston))

The 2015 Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded in part to a Chinese woman (Tu) for her identification and isolation to treat malaria of a chemical known as Artemisinin.  The name of that chemical derives from the fact that it is found in varying amounts in the ‘family’ (technically, genus) of plants known as Artemisia.  The name of that family derives from its association with the goddess Artemis.

Because Tu’s work began in China in the 1960s it is understandable that even if she knew this about Artemisia (a term I use to refer to any one plant or all of the plants of that family) it would not have been a ‘careerbuilder’ for her to point it out to those for whom she was working.  It was bad enough that…

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One Response to Artemis As Artemisia: Ancient Female Spirituality & Modern Medicine by Stuart Dean

  1. Chris,
    This article is fascinating thank you for sharing it. It reminds me of just how much of our Goddess ancient wisdom has been lost to us and needs to be restored.
    Wonderful stuff.

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