Friday, March 23, 2012

Medieval Recipes for Spring Fever

Almost every civilization has a system by which they link food with bodily "humors" and attempt to control it.

The Romans had one, and India has one. China has a very elaborate one.

The "humors" (= dosha) in the Indian Ayurvedic system are called vāta (wind), pitta (bile) and kapha (phlegm.)

While the system dates back to the second millenium BCE, there is a particularly intriguing book written by a royal physician in the 16th century.

Ksemakuthuhalam was written by one Ksemasarma (clearly an attributive name rather than a real one since ksema means "welfare".)

Let's get right off the bat to the one of the best recommendations:
During spring season, one should overcome the buildup of vāta, pitta and kapha by respectively embracing, kissing and enjoying intercourse with a damsel in the middle of her youth, moon-faced, lotus-eyed and made-up for the occasion.
The CC wonders what he recommends for a damsel with the buildup of vāta, pitta, etc. Perhaps a moon-faced, lotus-eyed, etc. young man? Or a moon-faced, etc. damsel?

In any case, spring is here and the CC, quite clearly, has all of his dosha's completely and utterly out of sync. It's time to overcome all this buildup of vāta, pitta, etc.

Let's get medieval!

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