Voynich Meadow Part 3: Nerium Oleander
This work was inspired and adapted from the "Voynich Manuscript," a 15th century codex hand-written in an unknown writing system, which may have been composed in Northern Italy during the Italian Renaissance. The mystery of the meaning and origin of the manuscript has excited the popular imagination, making the manuscript the subject of novels and speculation.
The Nerium Oleander plant of the dogbane family Apocynaceae is toxic in all its parts, but was nevertheless dubbed by the ancients as the “desert rose.” It signified the feminine face of god as a symbol to both pagans and early Christians.
In Greek Myth, Nerium Oleander is associated with charm and romance. The origin of the name was said to have come from a young man, Leander, who out of sheer determination to see his love swam the Hellespont every night.
In one fateful night however, while trying to reach a blossom of the plant for his lady, he drowned-- and so the sweet romance ended. In the morning, his precious lady longing for his love can be seen shouting and with such forlorn cried “O Leander!”, “O Leander!” in the banks until finally he found and clasp in his hands are these sweet flowers who has now become a symbol of everlasting love – Oleander!
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