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Moon Juice and Uproar

James McHugh

in Sandalwood and Carrion

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199916306
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980260 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199916306.003.0005
Moon Juice and Uproar

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Given the diverse natures of smells, and their powerful affective potencies it is only natural that people sought to exploit them to please gods, placate kings, and arouse lovers. This chapter introduces texts on the art of perfumery, presenting a brief survey of these materials with particular emphasis on sources that treat perfume at some length. Perfume names in medieval South Asia are a rich source of information on the aspirations expressed through aromatic-culture: “Moon Juice”, “Who Goes There?” “Uproar.” The chapter focuses on one text called the Essence of Perfume (Gandhasāra) that presents some perfume formulae in a strikingly playful and literary manner.

Keywords: perfumery; Sastra; Varahamihira; Gandhasaras

Chapter.  14281 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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