This blog is a collection of papers and how-to articles I have written over the past 25+ years, as well as my travel journals and announcements. Scholarly works from "The Library" on my old website, are labeled here as "Historica Tractatu."
- Thank You All
- Block Printing and its impact on textile and book arts
- It's a Bird... it's a Plane ... it's a Sale!
- Moroccan Epilogue
- The High Atlas Mountains in Morocco
- From Ouarzazate to Taroudant, and a GPS Fail
- A race, a fortress, and the Atlas Film Studios
- Kasbah Ait Ben Moro and a Berber carpet shop
- To Tinghir and Tomboctou
- Into the Red Dunes
- Monkeys, a White Horse, and a Kasbah
- Fez Day 2 - a tile factory, a cemetery and a souk.
- Fez - Volubilis and broken things ...
- My Morocco Tour - Casablanca to Rabat
- Welcome to Casablanca!
- Morocco At Last
- Pro-bono projects - and Morocco!
- It's not about the Hats
- AnyDay Hats at Beppa
- A Requiem for a Hat
- Ramping up for Fall
- Beppa Studio Fall Sale
- Arts North Studio Tour Sept 10-11
- Walking Around History
- A Few New Works
- Mood Indigo at SAAM
- December 2017
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The ger, or yurt as it is commonly called, is one of two forms of portable housing that have been used by Central Asian nomads for centuries, dating back to the Scythians. The ger remains today as the primary form of portable housing on the Himalayan Plateau and the Central Asian Steppes.
My study of gers reflects their usage by the nomads of Tibet, Mongolia and China since the time of Marco Polo.
"The thoughts of the princely man
ought to be written down.
But why should one not voice his own opinion?
As we admire the ancients,
Every action of that virtuous one (my father)
Meant a literary creation…"
From Dungzheng Fu (Traveling East)
by Pan Chao
"What are the Four Intelligent Creatures?
They are: the Unicorn, the Phoenix, the Tortoise, and the Dragon"
from the Li Ki (Book of Rites and Ceremonies)
So it has been said that these are the four spiritually endowed animals sacred to ancient China...
The legend of Prester John was continued by European explorers and missionaries as they traveled through China. During the 3rd Crusade, John of Joinville, the chief chronicler for Louis IX of France, wrote of two envoys where were sent to Kuyuk Khan, bearing with them a chapel...
As I was researching the wives of the Mongolian khans back in the late '80's, I ran across a reference to a tribe called the Kerait¹ - a Christian tribe of Turko-Eurasian ethnicity who had been absorbed by the Mongolian Federation of Tribes under Chinghis Khan during the 12th century. The women of this tribe, with their auburn hair, fair skin and gray or green eyes, were so renowned for their beauty, that they are credited with saving their tribe from obliteration...
warfare is based on deception….Feign disorder, and crush him. If he
is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior
strength, evade him. If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to
irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. If he is
taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate
them. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not
-- from "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu
thanks to the editors of
The Elf Hill Times,
who first published my article in January, 1998 under the title
"The Mongols: Their Attempt at World Domination". I have updated it to include notes from classes I taught in 1998-99 on
"Warfare in Medieval Mainland Asia".
This work has been cited
in an academic research paper titled "Challenges Facing
Mongolia's Participation in Coalition Military Operations",
written by Lt. Col. Byambasuren Bayarmagnai of the Mongolian
Armed Forces, published by the U.S. Army War College in March 2005.
Endnotes and sources are at the end of Part 2.
It is provided here as a resource for historians, heralds, historical reenactors and gamers.