The Lotus Quest

The Lotus Quest

In Search of the Sacred Flower

Book - 2010
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Bewitched by a lotus which flowered from three-thousandyear- old seeds in his English garden, Mark Griffiths set out to track the origins and significance of this sublime plant in this beautifully-illustrated book. The Lotus Quest takes Griffiths from the headquarters of the Linnaean Society in London to a mountain top in northern Japan. As he travels in search of this ancient flower, Griffiths looks at the lotus’s significance in ancient Egypt and India, the plant’s medicinal uses and the inspiration it has provided to Western artists. As he tracks the plant, its story unveils a stunning vision of Japan’s feudal era with visits to shrines, ruins, gardens and wild landscapes as well as meetings with priests and archaeologists, philosophers and anthropologists, gardeners and botanists, poets and artists. He even dines on the lotus in a Tokyo cafe. By the end of Griffiths’ journey, when he reaches the hauntingly beautiful Japanese temple of Chuson-ji, readers will finally understand why the lotus has obsessed people throughout the ages. --From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2010
Edition: 1st u.s. ed
ISBN: 9780312641481
0312641486
Branch Call Number: 583.89 GRIFFITHS
Characteristics: xiii, 338 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., (some col.) ; 25 cm

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