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Re: maize in ancient india: strong transpacific links are indicated
Carl Johannson's "Maize sculptures" from India are images of fat,
hand-grenade-like objects in the hands of several sculpted figures. They
struck ME immediately as depictions of pomegranetes (sp?!), when he showed
me 8x10 photos. He replied that this was because of my "prejudice." Maybe
so---but 2 can play that game: Why does he (and Yuri and others) see them
as "smoking guns" rather than as depictions of a typical South and SW
Asian luxury fruit well-suited to the hands of dignitaries, gods, etc.?
Especially in the (non)light of South Asian history and cuisine in which
maize does not seem to have made a dent?!
--John R. Cole