Monday, June 27, 2011

Smelling the Garments

And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son [is] as the smell of a field which the LORD hath blessed: Gen. 27:27

From Roberts's Oriental illustrations we find the following interesting notes:

—The natives of the East are universally fond of having their garments strongly perfumed; so much so, that Europeans can scarcely bear the smell. They use camphor, civet, sandal-wood, or sandal oil, and a great variety of strongly- scented waters.

It is not common to salute, as in England ; they simply smell each other; and it is said that some people know their own children by the smell. It is common for a mother or father to say, " Ah, child, thy smell is like the Sen-Paga-Poo." The crown of the head is the principal place for smelling.

Of an amiable man it is said, " How sweet is the smell of that man! The smell of his goodness is universal."

That delightful traveller, Captain Mangles, R.N., informed me that while on a short visit at the house of Mr. Barker, our consul at Aleppo, he heard Mrs. Barker, who was a Greek lady, say something to her child, accompanied by signs of great endearment. Mr. Barker said to Captain Mangles, " You do not understand her ; she says, ' Come hither, my darling, and let me smell thee.' "


  1. Ahhh.... a new term of endearment:

    " Ah, child, thy smell is like the Sen-Paga-Poo."

    Thanks for the good idea.

  2. This reminds me of my interest in the smell of heaven and the smell of Jesus Christ. My last few babies that were born at home - they have a really strong sweet smell after they arrive (and are not bathed for a couple days). Is it the scent of heaven or angels?

  3. Wow. That's super interesting! Thanks for sharing that. It's so fascinating to learn about other cultures than our own. Great job on your blog!