The Wild Rue of Persia: Magic, Myth and Folklore in Iran, Hardback Book

The Wild Rue of Persia: Magic, Myth and Folklore in Iran Hardback


The Wild Rue is a unique study of myth and magic in Iran.

Bess Donaldson spent thirty years in Iran as both missionary and teacher and in this classic work she records the beliefs and superstitions of country at a time when they were increasingly under threat from the tremendous changes brought about by the Shah's program of modernization.

This earlier way of life, with its belief in angels and the evil eye, and with its age-old rituals surrounding childbirth and burial, is recounted in an informed yet highly readable text.

A unique study of magic, myth and folklore with chapters on cosmology, names and numbers, snakes, dreams, talismans and signs, childbirth, angels, the evil eye, and the calendar.

A classic work, long unavailable but now back in print.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 216 pages, 8 bw integrated
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
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  • Category: Folklore, myths & legends
  • ISBN: 9781780769455



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