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Fragments Workshop. Scented Protection: A History of Saffron in Medieval China

Yan Liu, SUNY Buffalo
Friday, September 22, 2017
2:00-5:00 PM
1022 202 S. Thayer Map
Panelists: Aileen Das (Classical Studies), Amanda Repass (PhD student in History-Anthropology Program), and Paul Freedman (History, Yale).

The flourishing commerce of the Silk-Roads and the vibrant cultural exchange between China and the Western Regions (xiyu) fostered the circulation of diverse substances across the Eurasia continent. Prominent among them were a large number of aromatics of Indian, Persian, or Southeast Asian origin that entered Tang China (618-907) and transformed the landscape of Chinese medical practices. This paper focuses on a particular aromatic, saffron (yujin xiang), which came from northern India and Kashmir. The paper explores the identification of the plant in Chinese sources, various ways through which it was imported into China, and the diverse values it acquired there.
Building: 202 S. Thayer
Event Type: Workshop / Seminar
Tags: Asia, History, India, Medicine
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS), Department of Classical Studies, Asian Languages and Cultures, Department of History