hand of glory ii
Estragon: What about hanging ourselves?
Vladimir: Hmm. It’d give us an erection.
Estragon: (highly excited). An erection!
Vladimir: With all that follows. Where it falls mandrakes grow. That’s why they shriek when you pull them up. Did you not know that?
Estragon: Let’s hang ourselves immediately!
Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot.
‘hand of glory’ is thought to be derived from ‘mandrake’ as folk etymology might have it, & mandrake seems to be related to fertility, sleep, hallucinations, & death.
the root of the mandrake is the shape of a man & screams when dragged from the earth