Oak and the Tribe of the Buddha
a.passi at ALMA.UNIBO.IT
Sun Oct 9 04:22:05 EDT 2005
On 09/10/2005, at 8:36 AM, Plamen Gradinarov wrote:
Dr. Ambedkar writes in his Patana:
"Sidhartha Gautam Buddha belongs to Shakya Gana of Adivasis having
totem of the tree of Salai and Gautam means a bull which was his totem."
What is Salai?
The Salai is apparently the incense tree, Boswellia Serrata, also
known as Dhup or Salar. I wonder if Dr. Ambedkar here is confusing it
with the 'Saal tree, Shorea Robusta, which appears in Buddhist lore
as the tree upon which Maya rested when she gave birth to the
Bodhisattva, as well as the tree(s) under which the Buddha passed
into Parinirvana. Neither is the same as the 'Saaka or teak tree,
Tectona Grandis, apart from the fact that both Shorea and Tectona are
valuable timber trees.
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