The name of Musk (musk deer) is known to the entire humanity
but today, a few tens of thousands of live persons have had
privilege to smell it's odor. It was the scent of the kings
and of the emperors and the common people could smell it only
in the wake of the powerful ones on earth. Musk is the very
archetype of Scent, and possesses an extraordinary power
either in the olfactory sense than for its action on the psyche
and for its curative virtues.
Musk (musk deer) is still used in unani and ayurveda medicine,
together with honey, ruby powder and other ingredients, as a
tonic capable to resuscitate the exhausted vital energies. Its
reputation as a powerful aphrodisiac is certainly not denied
by it's very much animally and nearly corporal smell that lends
to whoever wears it an enormous charge of physical attraction, conferring
him a sense of audacity and assertiveness that he will
be able to transform in mental (as the king in order to
govern) and spiritual energy (is the scent of the saints
and of the
prophet Muhammad, Peace be upon him).
The opened purses of musk. Low on the
left the inner skin is visible. It is made to macerate in the
oil of sandalwood (up in the bottle). Low at right, the
tail of the Musk Deer.....
Musk is made to infuse
in pure alcohol for at least a year
Musk is produced by the male of a small deer, the Musk Deer,
from the Hindu
Kush and the Himalayas, the moschus moschiferus, a sedentary
animal that marks its territory dropping small balls of the
Musk that is produced in a single purse situated under it's belly. The Musk deer drops the
musk grains during the reproduction season as an olfactory message,
for females and rivals, that contain all the information
about itself; age, state of health and genetic patrimony.