Fr, 28. 2. 2020, 7.00 p.m.
Univ.-Prof.in Dr.in Christa FRANK
Humans and mollusks – a comprehensive topic affecting a wide variety of areas of life. It is not only the fascinating beauty of the shells that are washed ashore at coasts not yet touched by tourism. Some species have a deep symbolic meaning connected with mythical-religious ideas; many served as currencyor material for jewelry, others as raw material for handicraft. Snail purple and shell silk were sought-after, valuable commodities, pearls are still today.
Many species, especially mussels and oysters, are consumed, molluscs are used in folk medicine, and some species are harmful feeding on our cultivated plants. We encounter snails and their shell shapes in architecture and painting, sometimes as emblems … Surprises are waiting!
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