Bimba ビンバ

Coccinia grandis (Bimbi, Bimbika)

A perennial, much branched handsome tendril climber, roots sometimes tuberous; leaves simple, deltoid or sub rotund, angled or lobed, bright green above and pale beneathpalmately 5 – nerved from a cordate base with circular glands between the nerves; flowers white, large, unisexual; fruits ovoid or oblong or ellipsoid berried with white streaks, bright scarlet red when ripe; seeds ovoid, compressed, yellowish grey. Flowering-fruiting major part of the year. (Ashok Sheth (Ed.). 2005 The herbs of ayurveda vol.2 Gujarat : Ashok Sheth. p342)

तन्वी श्यामा शिखरदशना पक्वबिम्बाधरोष्ठी

मध्ये क्षामा चकितहरिणीप्रेक्षणा निम्ननाभिः ।

श्रोणीभारादलसगमना स्तोकनम्रा स्तनाभ्यां

या तत्र स्याद्युवतिविषये सृष्टिराद्येव धातुः ॥ ७९ ॥

Her body is slender, her teeth are sharp, and her lips are like the ripe Bimba fruits;
She is thin in the middle, her eyes are that of a frightened deer, and her navel is deep;
Her gate is dull due to the heaviness of her hip, and she leans slightly because of her breasts:
The woman who would be there, is like the first of the woman-kind to be created by the Creator. (79)

細い身体 尖った歯に、唇は熟したビンバの実のよう
尻の重さゆえ動きは力無く 乳房のために傾ぎぎみで

In the description of the Yakṣa’s wife, the Bimba fruit is used as a metaphor to describe the freshness and redness of her lips.


(c) Tomomi Sato 2013

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