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Marco Polo’s description of the Hygiene habits of the people of Pandyan Kingdom in India

Courtesy: https://twitter.com/ugra/status/1392846262588739591

Marco Polo, who traveled through the Pandyan kingdom in the 1290’s describes people’s hygiene habits.
1) Bath twice a day.
2) Always eat with right hand.
3) Never drink from other people’s vessels.
4) Never allowed lips to make contact with vessel while drinking.

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People of Pandya kingdom worshipped the Ox & would not harm it on any account.

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People of Pandya kingdom majorly abstained from consuming alcohol. And those who did drink didn’t enjoy high regards of the society.

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The birth of a newborn would be followed by the preparation of the child’s astrological chart.

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Children of darker skin texture were highly regarded. Parents applied sesame oil on children to give their skin a nice lustrous texture. Polo notes the images of the gods were also dark. (Inference : Dark color skin was never looked down upon in Bharat)

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Source : Foreign notices of South India by Nilakanta Sastri.


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