[INDOLOGY] the word 'sesame' and the use of sesame oil

Dominik Wujastyk wujastyk at gmail.com
Mon May 1 16:32:04 UTC 2023

Sesame oil is absolutely everywhere in Ayurvedic literature.  And as Paturi
pointed out, there's a fourteenth-century metarule presented by
Śāraṅgadhara that "oil" means "sesame oil" unless otherwise stated.  No,
I'm not aware of any name similar to /sesame/ that isn't a loanword.

Watt is always good:

If one knew where to look, there is probably more up-to-date information
from genetics about the very early history and distribution of the plant.


On Wed, 26 Apr 2023 at 04:21, Robert Zydenbos <zydenbos at lrz.uni-muenchen.de>

> Dear list friends,
> A non-Indological colleague asked me whether there are any references in
> ancient Indian literature to the medicinal use of sesame oil.
> Related: is there any Indian word in any language for 'sesame' that
> resembles 'shumshum', 'simsim' or 'shamashammu'?
> Any information concerning these two questions would be most welcome.
> RZ
> --
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> Department of Asian Studies
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