Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Where do we come from???
herbalist I often think of my ancestors and family. I wonder whether
unlike our modern days where herbalism can be separated from a
religion in generations before us we know that is not the case.
I want to better understand what my family heritage is?
I also want to know what herbs are used on the Island? What
remedies do they use? How have they preserved the knowledge
base that dates way back? I am curious so I spoke to my mother and
am going to speak with my grandmother and document as much as
possible. I found some books that talk about healers in P.R. I hope to purchase them soon and get reading. It's kinda funny when I think about it, I would have never imagined feeling so hungry for a better understanding of the pieces that make me. In my blood runs, Taino Indian blood, Spaniard blood and who knows what else. I was told that one of my great grandmothers was a midwife and people often went to her because she knew how to get babies to turn in the belly.
I am excited at what I will find. I am going to document all that I learn for posterity. I will report any herbal findings on my herbal blog.
How do you move forward without knowing your past. Even as someone who has chosen to follow HaShem and who's faith is in essence Jewish and many customs to me feel as natural as day. I can't disconnect my where I come from. It seems the older I get the more I long to have an established sense and understanding of these things. This stuff rattles my brain often like puzzle pieces. I think it is due time I put some of it together so that there is some sort of continuity.
Sorry for the long ramble I just am almost sure someone else out there knows what I mean. For those who have the blessing of a known family tree, of great grandparents and a history enjoy it and don't take it for granted. It is important, it doesn't make you but it is part of you.