White teeth

Paul Kekai Manansala sac51900 at saclink.csus.edu
Thu Jul 10 04:12:09 UTC 1997

> From:          Luis Gonzalez-Reimann <reimann at uclink.berkeley.edu>

> Dear list members,
> Some Puraa.nas describe the Buddha as wearing red clothes (kaa.saayavastra),
> having the head shaven (mu.n.dita) and white teeth ('sukladanta).  Does
> anyone know the significance of the white teeth?

Chewing paan (betel) stains the teeth red, so white teeth
might be considered unusual among people who chewed a lot 
of  paan.  

Paul Kekai Manansala

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