University of Atlantia

Course Detail

Dragon's brain, dragon's spittle - the exquisite fragrances of China's Song Dynasty

Instructor:
Dúgū Jìnán


Instructor's Kingdom: Atlantia, Time Zone: EST
University Session:
UA106 February 13, 2021
Crs #:
316
Date:
Sat Feb 13
Time:
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Fee:
Length:
2 hrs
Credits:
2
Attendees:
19/99
Room:
Geography
Course Category:
Health and Medicine
Track:
Non European Studies
Description
The art of incense compounding reached its height during Song Dynasty. The influences of Indian states and Islamic caliphates' perfumery traditions were blended with Chinese aesthetics to create the most unique scents in Chinese history. No wonder that at least two emperors of Song were accused of spending more time on compounding new incense blends than on governing. It was also a period when incense compounding split into the art pursued by aristocracy and cheap blends became accessible for the less affluent populace. We will discuss ingredients and their origins, the extant recipe sources and dissect a few recipes, showing the variety of fragrances available during this period. This class will not be recorded.