Wednesday, October 31, 2007
The smell of curry, an intro to India
Bay opf Bengal
Star and crescent: Muslim nations of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan.
Wheel of life: symbol of India and of Hinduism.
Mandala: wheel; wheel of life.
Om: a symbol similar to the numeral 3. A Sanskrit symbol for Hinduism.
Swastike: Chinese and Indian symbol for good fortune.
Diwali, festival of lights - see other post.
Laxmi, goddess of wealth.
Bindi: red dot on forehead.
Sitar: multi-stringed guitar-like instrument.
henna: dye used in hands and face to make a temporary form of tattoo.
guru: master or teacher.
Curry powder: cumin, cardamom, coriander, fenugreek, mace, dill, ginger, turmeric, cloves, red and black pepper.