The story so far

10/29/2013 12:54:15 PM
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The sesame was the first oil crop cultivated by man, as far as present knowledge goes. A lump of it was found during excavations at Harappa. Historians and archeologists have found references to the use of sesame seeds in the ancient Egyptian and Babylonian cultures too.

Myth and Legend
The sesame plant figures largely in myth and legend, and is mentioned in the Vedas, the ancient Hindu scriptures.
According to Assyrian legend, the God, at a pre-creation get-together, drank sesame wine.
In Hindu mythology, the sesame is believed to have sprouted from the droplets of sweat which fell to earth from Lord Vishnu. It is also associated with his consort, Goddess Lakshmi, who presides over Good Luck and Wealth.
It also figures as the magic password in the Arabian Nights story of Ali Baba, giving him entry into the cave of treasures.

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