Sri Lanka: Honey and parched corn

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The stamp Sri Lanka 1986 - 0,50 - Mi 741 shows a scene from Buddhism. As I understand it: on the stamp Thapassu and Bhalluka offer honey and parched corn to Siddharta.

The brothers Thapassu and Bhalluka were merchants. And (again: as I understand it) they have met Siddharta in a harbour in Sri Lanka.

Later Siddharta was called the Buddha and it seems Thapassu became his sixth diciple. Difficult stories when you know nothing about Buddhism.

But ... also here honey plays an important part!

by Jan de Crom  
taken from "The Postal Bee" 1/2006 
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