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Subject: I agree with Anneza (m)
Author: beata   (guest, 216.157.207.187)
Date: March 9, 2004 at 10:15:03 AM
Reply to: Help me document Yasmeena by Willa Rose
There are some reasons why it would be hard, if not impossible, to find Yasmeena as a name in pre-17th century Western Culture. First, jasmine is not native to Europe. It is believed to originally come from India. According to www.augustflorist.com, jasmine wasn't even introduced to England 1548, or halfway through the 16th century. And even then it would be introduced to the aristocracy, and it would most likely be years before the flower became common enough & affordable enough that the average citizen would be familiar with it. So to the common man jasmine would indeed seem exotic. Plus, the word jasmine is of Arabic origin, so who knows how foreign Jasmine or Yasmeena would have sounded to a peasant who couldn't even read or write his own language.

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