The characters often refer to "knowing" someone as a euphemism for having sexual intercourse with them.
A feud between families that continues for generations after it has started
A type of flower, often used to make tea
In Blood Wedding, the pickled buds of the caper plant, used as an ingredient to add flavor to food
A common flower that grows around the world. Although different colors have different meanings in different cultures, the carnation is associated with death and misfortune in some Mediterranean countries, especially France.
A brightly colored flower
In a custom similar to the throwing of the bridal bouquet in the United States, the characters in the play believe that the woman who receives the first hairpin the Bride takes off after the wedding will be the next to get married.
A kind of stone that breaks easily and is thus often used as a makeshift knife. It can also be used to set fires.
The "green branch" could refer to a laurel branch, given on a variety of important occasions, from weddings to funerals to important victories.
A hard type of stone, usually red or brown
Also known as Jupiter's beard, this red flower grows in Mediterranean climates. The plant used to grow at the Bridegroom's farm, but it died after his father was murdered. There may be a symbolic connection, then, between the name of the plant, which refers to the Roman king of the gods, and the Bridegroom's father.
A special lacy veil worn in Spain, especially at weddings and funerals
A sharp tool used in the fields, similar to a pickaxe
A songbird known for its pleasant chirping. Its song is often associated with death and / or poetry.
A poisonous flower that grows in Mediterranean climates
Spanish for "Mrs.," also used as a generic term of respect for an older woman
A sharp farming tool with a curved blade
A rapid downpour of water, either from a river or from the rain
Refers to the special embroidered sheets the Bride receives for her wedding
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The setting for Blood Wedding is in the 1930's, during the Spanish Civil War. More directly, the play was inspired by a sensational crime that Lorca read about in the Madrid daily ABC in 1928. In the farming village of Níjar, a young man had been...