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What was the plant that Gilgamesh found after Utnapishtim's story?

I'm assuming that the Gilgamesh myth is fairly distinct from the Mesoamerican Fountain of Youth and the Hindu Soma, but are there any corroborating myths or other research into the details of the ...
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What is "cemuc barley" referred to in a Sumerian proverb, and how is it related to necromancy?

I found this cryptic Sumerian proverb looking for ancient barley references: "The cemuc barley is reserved for the necromancer." There is an unrelated note that follows explaining how ...
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Ηοw is the pomegranate connected with New Year's celebrations?

I flew to Crete on New Year's Eve, and the flight crew offered all of us a pomegranate and instructed us to break it open at midnight. What's the story there? How is the pomegranate connected with ...
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Why are poinsettias associated with Christmas?

The site Poinsettia Facts associates the flower with Christmas: No flower says Christmas like the beautiful poinsettia. Learn a few facts about this traditional Christmas plant. Today the plant is ...
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What was the Plant of Everlasting Youth? [duplicate]

In which story we can find information about the Plant of Everlasting Youth and what kind of plant it was? Did it give immortality or something else?