two queries

Jonathan Silk kauzeya at GMAIL.COM
Mon Nov 24 22:03:40 UTC 2008

I remember reading decades ago a reference in a Buddhist text--which I
*think* I remember to have been in Pali, of a man offering betel to a woman
as a sexual overture. Perhaps it would not be so difficult now for someone
to dig out the passage (if my memory of this is not as defective as it seems
to be becoming in many other things!). But whether the Pali was canonical,
and what the date of the text in question was, I have no idea at all...

On Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 10:16 PM, George Hart <glhart at> 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
> On Nov 24, 2008, at 11:31 AM, Allen W Thrasher wrote:
>  There are several articles on the history of betel by the P.K. Gode
>> reprinted as part of his Kleine Schriften in Studies in Indian Cultural
>> History < >.  (There are some problems in
>> the proofreading of the t.c., which I had added to our online catalog
>> record.  I mean to get them corrected.)
>> The subject headings to browse in the LOC or WorldCat catalog that seem to
>> pull up titles on the culture of betel chewing rather than works on the nut
>> and leaf as contemporary economic crops are:
>> Betel chewing—Paraphernalia
>> Betel cutters
>> Betel nut
>> Betel nut—Pictorial works
>> A Google Images search on the Linnaean name Terminalia bellerica (variant
>> belerica) produces a good variety of images of Vibhitaka on the tree, fresh,
>> and dried.
>> Allen
>> Allen W. Thrasher, Ph.D.
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