Object 2: Madras Turmeric
May 27, 2021
A thousand-year-old saffron-coloured spice in India part of its culture of medicinal herbs. The knowledge of its antioxidants believed to prevent heart diseases, eye conditions and reduce cancer.
The knowledge of this object and its relationship to culture is linked via an Indigenous group called Khasi-tribes (Meghalaya) known since 18th Century. Meghalaya introduced turmeric that is used to this day as part of home remedies. Knowledge of turmeric’s positive effect being conveyed through language helped to spread cultural heritage for generations. Hence, their knowledge and belief in turmeric moved through culture and expanded around the world. Indian culture resonates with the object since turmeric is always used as home remedy ingredient or spice.
The object contributes to belief of traditions in cultures. Belief is another form of knowledge and is acquired through faith and trust in someone or something. The Hindu Culture sees turmeric as a sacred, auspicious and symbol of purity, fertility and prosperity. This culture can influence knowledge in the community around you and be passed onto many generations to learn and share. This object links to my culture of turmeric being used to bring women Luck and also its significance of indicating marital status and ability to run a household. One tradition is to spread turmeric paste on skin as blessings, drive away evil spirits and make skin glow. Culture is known as the ‘way of life’ for groups of people. Hence the object is the symbol of cultural faith.