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Medieval Dog-Heads: An Eye-Witness Report January 9, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
Medieval Dog-Heads: An Eye-Witness Report

An interesting passage from the Itinerarium of Friar Odoric (obit 1331), a pioneering Italian traveller in Asia: Odoric may have been the first European to reach Lhasa. He certainly stood before the great Khan and penetrated China. He also visited the south seas. The island of Moumoran has never been satisfactorily identified but probably lies […]

The Dog-Headed Saint January 12, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
The Dog-Headed Saint

  St Christopher is in many ways a typical early eastern saint. He was for many years a prisoner of war: check. He was a Roman soldier when he turned to Christ: check. His staff miraculously took to life and began to bloom: check. An angel – Raphael no less – gave him the gift of speaking […]

Dog-headed Indians November 26, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
Dog-headed Indians

What do Marco Polo, Augustine, Paul the Deacon, Vincent of Beauvais and the Buddhist missionary, Hui-Sheng all have in common? Well, to keep things short – Beachcombing is on bedtime duty tonight for his insomniac daughter – they all described and (with the exception of Augustine) believed in tribes of dog-headed human beings in lands distant […]