James McHugh

in Sandalwood and Carrion

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199916306
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980260 | DOI:

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Sandalwood is arguably as important a raw material to South Asian religions and civilization as jade is to China, or porphyry was to the Roman empire at certain times. This chapter provides a comprehensive account of this material. The word “sandalwood” and terms for it in Sanskrit in fact refer to a large number of woods valued as much for their cooling properties and colors as for their fragrance. Taking sandalwood as an example the chapter presents several texts on the evaluation and artifice of aromatics and concludes that faking this costly material was clearly both common and profitable.

Keywords: sandalwood; Santalum album; wood; trade; fake; artifice

Chapter.  9736 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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