Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The smell of curry, an intro to India

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Originally uploaded by trudeau
Map of India:
Arabian Sea
Indian Ocean
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.

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