Re: maize in ancient india: strong transpacific links are indicated
Paul J. Gans (firstname.lastname@example.org)
6 Jan 1997 02:13:56 GMT
Yuri Kuchinsky (email@example.com) wrote:
: Carolyn S Hoff (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
: : why is it that this sculpture is assumed to be zea maize? it could be
: any number of grasses represented in an "oversized" fashion to compensate
: for limitations imposed by carving on stone.
: You misunderstand. In fact there are _hundreds_ of such carvings out
: there, in those temples. So the possibility of misidentification is
: significantly diminished...
There are significant numbers of carvings of pineapples in
medieval churches too. And pineapples were not known in
Europe until modern times.
Of course, they *could* be carvings of something else, but
to me they look like pineapples and there are so many of them
so they must be pineapples.
------ Paul J. Gans [email@example.com]