Santalum album 2013

A Series of Sandalwood Dreams

Photo: TFS

Santalum album Sandalwood seedlings
Photo: TFS

We stepped back in time with Part 1 and Part 2 of this Series of Sandalwood Dreams. Tonight we are moving forward in time to 1999.

We will be exploring the northern reaches of a continent that broke away from Gondwanaland many eons ago. We will be visiting perfume plantations…

Part 3 is over at Basenotes; click here to web-travel.

A Series of Sandalwood Dreams
Basenotes – Part 1 – Myths and Legends
Basenotes – Part 2 – The Perfumed Chamber
Basenotes – Part 3 – Planting Santalum album in Australia 
Basenotes – Part 4 – Harvesting September 2013
Basenotes – Part 5 – Processing Sandalwood Logs
Basenotes – Part 6 – Distillation
Basenotes – Part 7 – What does it smell like?
Basenotes – Part 8 – Sandalwood Oil Giveaway

Thanks and appreciation to the following authors whose research, writings and communications for Part 1 & Part 2 I enjoyed immensely… The Buddha's House

The identifying mark of a hut as the Buddha’s dwelling is not only visual but also olfactory.

The Buddha’s House
Kazi K. Ashraf
RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics
No. 53/54 (Spring – Autumn, 2008), pp. 225-243
Published by: The President and Fellows of Harvard College
Article Stable URL

History of Religions
“Gandhakuṭī”: The Perfumed Chamber of the Buddha
John S. Strong
History of Religions
Vol. 16, No. 4, The Mythic Imagination (May, 1977), pp. 390-406
Published by: The University of Chicago Press
Article Stable URL

Sandalwood and Carrion
Sandalwood and Carrion: Smell in Indian Religion and Culture
James McHugh
Oxford University Press
Published: September 18, 2012

Divine Stories Divyavadana
Divine Stories: Divyavadana, Part 1: Divyavadana v. 1 (Classics of Indian Buddhism)
Andy Rotman
Wisdom Publications
Published: February 8, 2013

Glorious Deed of Purna The
The Glorious Deeds of Pūrṇa: A Translation and Study of the Pūrṇāvadāna
Joel Tatelman
Motilal Banarsidass Publisher
Published: January 01, 2001

8 responses to “Santalum album 2013

  1. I second Azar. It’s so informative and easy to understand in my overworked brain. Picture of the seeds is lovely. Do they smell at all I wonder. Bussis. Val xx

    • The seed photo is a treat. I will find out if the seeds have a scent. I would think not but I do think that they would make a lovely Dahl. Hmmm, an expensive Dahl; maybe I will stick to chick peas. Hang on, how about Sandalwood seed humus? Aha!

      In Australian the original inhabitants of the land do eat the seed kernels, the nuts and the fruit of the native Australian sandalwood. We call this bush tucker. Tucker = Food, a handy Aussie word to know if you are expecting any visitors from that continent next year.

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