Martin Schwartz, Pahlavi = Adiantum capillus-veneris L.: Ethnobotany, Etymology, and Iranian Cultural History





A series of Bundahišn associations of plants with divinities of the days of the Zoroastrian month will be discussed as part of the chief goal of identifying the Pahlavi phytonym . The identification of the plant in question will proceed from combining an analysis of the nature of the day-divinity involved, the etymology of, and the realia linking the etymologically determined plant with the divinity with which it is associated. The history of the Persian name of the plant, and its quasi-mythological reference, with also be set forth.