two queries

Herman Tull hwtull at MSN.COM
Tue Nov 25 02:47:42 UTC 2008

Betel (tambUla) is mentioned in the Mahavamsa (e.g., 35.75) and according to 
the references in Rhys Davids and Stede (Pali-English dictionary) it also 
occurs in a number of Jatakas.  I think the story Jonathan Silk refers to is 
the above referenced Mahavamsa section.

Herman Tull

From: "Ashok Aklujkar" <ashok.aklujkar at UBC.CA>
Sent: Monday, November 24, 2008 8:15 PM
Subject: Re: two queries

> Dear George,
> As I recall, P.K. Gode traces the history of betel chewing back to the 2nd
> century B.C. (to Patanjali's Mahabhasya?). I do not have access to his
> article at present. Kindly check the collection Allen Thrasher mentioned.
> ashok aklujkar
> On 11/24/08 1:16 PM, "George Hart" <glhart at BERKELEY.EDU> wrote:
>> I learned that the earliest reference to betel chewing is in the
>> Cilappatikaram (about 400 CE?).  Don't know if that is accurate.
>> George Hart

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