One is straight away struck by the paucity of words availed to expound this chanced-upon poiesis born in the crevasses of cultural hybridity and nourished in the no man's lands of ascetic transmutation...

Interiorising Southeast Asian Histories

Of the tropical agricultural and horticultural goods that stimulated 15th century Southeast Asian sea trade, both among herself as well as with the world, the black peppercorn (Piper nigrum) was far and away king. This was followed by cloves, then the nutmeg seed together with its outer covering known as mace, then raw palm sugar and benzoin resin widely used in the production of incense. Next came a catalogue of forest materials like deerskins, sandalwood, sappanwood, camphor, lac, and a whole compendium of medicinal herbs. Might there not have been a cure among those aromatic cargoes, an artist, a poet, a mendicant researcher?

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