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[pfp: cover art for "Wild World" by Bastille]
—The name ‘India’ was derived from Sindhu, the Sanskrit name for the river Indus.
—The first couple of lines refer to the Vedas, which are ancient Hindu religious texts. They’re supposed to be orally transmitted ‘divine revelations.’
—“vermillion in parted hair” refers to Sindoor, a traditional vermilion powder “usually worn by married women along the part of their hair.”
—Chillum is a smoking pipe made of clay; sadhus are religious ascetics or mendicants; moksha is freedom from the cycle of death and rebirth.
—“love immortalised in mausoleums” is a reference to the Taj Mahal that was built by an emperor in memory of his favourite wife.
—The second half of the second paragraph is all references to deities in Hindu mythology.
—Gandhi and his non-violence pretty much overshadow the Indian freedom movement. The revolutionaries are relatively well known, but most Indians can name only like three female freedom fighters.
—A saree is usually six metres of cloth and is wrapped around a woman’s body.
—The primary witness in Hindu weddings is the fire deity, in the form of the consecrated fire. Red is symbolic of a Hindu woman’s matrimony, so most Hindu brides are decked up in red.
—On Holi, a Hindu festival, people throw powdered colours and water on each other and basically everywhere. “Bura na maano, Holi hai” roughly translates to “don’t be offended/annoyed, it’s Holi” and means how literally everyone is fair game on Holi. So if a random stranger throws a bucket of water on you on Holi, you can’t really fight with them about it.
—“Abode of snow” is the meaning of ‘Himalaya’ in Sanskrit.
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Written By: Wicked!
July 11, 2020