Friday, May 16, 2008
Not another plain vanilla theory.
Picked this from Wikipedia: Vanilla is a flavouring derived from orchids in the genus Vanilla native to Mexico. The name came from the Spanish word "vainilla," meaning "little pod."
Now study the picture featured above. It's a vanilla flower with the pod. The colour of the pod has no connection to the colour that comes to mind when you think of Vanilla. Whereas the colour of the flower does. Ancient people were not botanists to name flowers after pods. They were simpler by nature. And my gut says, they would have named the flower after its colour.
And here is where I shall unleash my theory. There is a school of thought that believes that the Mayans in Mexico were Tamil adventurers from Sri Lanka. Read this article by Gene D. Matlock and you will be convinced so.
If Mayans were tamilians and ancient people named flowers after colours, there is a high chance the Mayans would have used a tamil word to describe the colour of the flower. The colour in question here is moonwhite. The tamil word for moonwhite is Venn Nilla!
So ladies and gentlemen, I am postulating that the word Vanilla was derived from the tamil word Venn Nila.