Stories From the Silk Road: Hats Off to The Silk Road

Stories From the Silk Road: Hats Off to The Silk Road

Added over 8 years ago

Paul Wilson has been traveling the Silk Road for over ten years and has written several books and articles on the subject.  Paul has just returned from Kashgar and writes "there have been several events in Xinjiang recently which have dampened my spirits (see our story on these events here), but I did manage to seek out a new hat for my collection, a Kyrgyz 'ak kalpak ', and it has inspired this month's article 'Hats off to the Silk Road', a discussion on just why the headgear to be found along this route is an anthropologist's dream.

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Ritual Objects of Buddhism and Hinduism - the Swastika

Ritual Objects of Buddhism and Hinduism - the Swastika

Added over 8 years ago

The latest entry in our ongoing compendium of eastern Asian ritual objects and deities...you can find the entire Compendium here in the Articles section.

Pictured here is the left-facing swastika set into a Roman mosaic, 2nd century A.D., Tunisia.  The Romans considered the swastika to be a symbol of perpetual motion as well as a symbol of luck.

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Kathmandu Guest House Time Capsule

Kathmandu Guest House Time Capsule

Added over 8 years ago

Recently the Guest House contacted some of it's regular guests with an interesting proposition - they plan to create a Time Capsule, to be established and sealed on January 1, 2011 and opened on January 1, 2050, and are asking their guests to place something inside, either for a future loved-one or for future guests of the hotel...

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Foreign Correspondent Program on Kashgar's Old City

Foreign Correspondent Program on Kashgar's Old City

Added over 8 years ago

Rob, the Australian Broadcasting Commission's cameraman in China, tells us that an ABC film crew have just returned from the city of Kashgar where they have been filming a story for the program Foreign Correspondent, Australia's premier international current affairs series. It's about the demolition of Kashgar's Old City and the historical importance of this magical place on the old Silk Road...(Picture courtesy of Ben Paarmann)

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East Timor Update

East Timor Update

Added over 8 years ago

The East Timorese Association invites you to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of East Timor's Vote for Independence by attending a fundraiser and exhibition of East Timorese textiles on Sunday 12 July at Naremburn Catholic Church in Willoughby, Sydney Australia...

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