Apple, Crab – Malus sylvestris or Malus coronaria

Sacred to: Venus, Dionysus, Olwen, Apollo, Hera, Athena, Aphrodite, Diana, Zeus, Iduna

Myth: The Norse goddess Iduna grows the Apples of Immortality, the food that nourishes the gods and allows them to live forever. Hel grows her own variety of apples to sustain the inhabitants of the Underworld where she rules

Myth 2: Johnny Appleseed. As the tale goes, he loved apples so much that he decided to travel the country barefoot in his overalls with his pockets filled with apple seeds and another bag of apple seeds slung over his shoulder. The legend says that as he traveled the countryside, he tossed these seeds randomly to create a country filled with apple trees. Johnny Appleseed truly did exist. His real name was John Chapman, born in Massachusetts in 1774. He did indeed love apples, learned about their cultivation, and started many apple nurseries that stretched from the Allegheny River in the East as far west as Ohio. His dedication to apple cultivation earned him his legendary nickname, Johnny Appleseed.

Myth 3: The forbidden fruit in the book of Genesis is not identified, popular European Christian tradition has held that it was an apple that Eve coaxed Adam to share with her. As a result, in the story of Adam and Eve the apple became a symbol for temptation, the fall of man into sin, and sin itself.

Myth 4: Idun, the Norse goddess of youth carries a box of golden apples. Whoever eats the apples never grows old. Loki tells her that a crabapple tree’s fruit is better than her golden apples when trying to obtain some for the giant Thiassi.

Other Notes: Due to Cyanogenic glycoside found in the seeds, ingest can cause poisoning.

Hahgwehdiyu – An Iroquois Creation Tale

 

The good creator god of the Iroquois, shaped the earth with his hand, he placed his dead mother’s face in the heavens as the sky, while from her breasts he made the moon and stars. To the earth he gave her body as the source of fertility. He fought against his twin brother, the evil creator Hahgwehdaetgah, who had challenged the goodness of Hahgwehdiyu’s creation. The two gods fought a duel with the huge thorns of the great crab-apple tree, which luckily for mankind Haghwehdiyu won.

Crabapple blossoms

Crabapple blossoms

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