s.hodge at PADMACHOLING.PLUS.COM
Mon Nov 24 23:19:37 UTC 2008
The betel chewing part of this thread is of interest to me. A Buddhist
sutra I have been working on for many years, which is datable to c90CE (+/-
a couple of decades either way) and originates in Andhradesha, gives a
lengthy compendium of forbidden items in which dissolute monks of the age
indulged. One section of this list gives all the ingredients for paan
chewing: "betel leaves, herbal oil, powdered lime, cardamon and areca-nuts".
Another shorter list just mentions "betel mixtures". So the custom is
attested in literature long before 400CE.
----- Original Message -----
From: "George Hart" <glhart at BERKELEY.EDU>
To: <INDOLOGY at liverpool.ac.uk>
Sent: Monday, November 24, 2008 9:16 PM
Subject: Re: two queries
I learned that the earliest reference to betel chewing is in the
Cilappatikaram (about 400 CE?). Don't know if that is accurate.
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