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The Incense Trees of the Land of Emeralds

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/9780199916306.003.0007
The Incense Trees of the Land of Emeralds

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The most valued components of perfumes were precious and exotic materials: sandalwood, aloeswood, musk, camphor, saffron, and incenses. This chapter discusses the imaginary worlds where these materials were said to originate: forests filled with worm-eaten woods, and remote places where deer roamed with perfume-filled navels. The materials produced in such places were all the more valuable for these strange origins, and, despite these origins, texts prescribe these materials above all others as offerings to gods and enlightened beings.

Keywords: exotics; aromatics; spices; trade; sandalwood; agarwood; musk; camphor; saffron

Chapter.  9986 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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