How one Indian village turns rain into perfume

Publishing in the journal Nature in 1964, Bear and Thomas proposed a name for the scent brought on by rain. They called it “petrichor,” a blend of the Greek words petra, rock, and ikhor, the blood of the gods in Greek mythology. But the scientists acknowledged that they were not the first to identify the stormy smell. They were not even the first to extract it. In fact, what they had dubbed petrichor was already a signature fragrance produced in Kannauj, India.

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/04/making-perfume-from-the-rain/391011/

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2 thoughts on “How one Indian village turns rain into perfume

  1. It was a wonderful link…i remember about 10 years ago during a stint with an ad agency ,sitting with the copywriter doing his research on a brand of oats for which we had to come up with a pitch and chancing upon the word petrichor..the smell of earth when it rains…A moment when u fall in love with an otherwise screwed up language ..just because it has summarised such a wonderful experience into a word !

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