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We all know the outstanding importance of seaweeds, in the coastal environment, as food, industrially, and as excellent scientific models. It is also clear from the above that this importance have been known to people for thousands of years. Despite that, there seem to be very few cultures that have assigned any major religious significance to macroalgae or created any seaweed gods. There are, however, two examples from the British Isles concerning offerings to a higher power in order to increase the amounts of seaweed that I want to bring to your attention. One account is from Martin (1703) describing a ceremony from the island of Lewis performed at hallow tide (around November 1st):

 

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Nihil vilior alga

or how the lack of knowledge of seaweeds caused the collapse of the Roman Empire.

 

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Gilgamesh

What is the earliest historical report on the medicinal use of seaweeds?

I want to put forward the hypothesis that the first report about medicinal use of seaweeds is actually also the oldest deciphered text of all: the Gilgamesh epos- a story more than 4,500 years old.

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