In ancient Europe, parsley was considered a plant associated with the world of the dead and capable of pacifying restless souls, not only of dead people, but also of animals. To this end, in order to calm the spirits of slaughtered animals, parsley was used as a seasoning for their meat. The Romans planted parsley on tombs, and the Greeks decorated tombs with parsley. Perhaps this was done so that the dead could not get out of them. Parsley was so steadfastly associated with death that the meeting of the army with a donkey loaded with sacks of parsley was considered an omen of death, and forced the army to retreat from the battlefield. The ancient Greeks even considered the name of this herb an effective defense against vengeful spirits, so it is often found in spells and lyrics.
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