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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 […]

Floating Yogis in the Fourteenth Century March 9, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
Floating Yogis in the Fourteenth Century

Here is a text that has long got on Beachcombing’s nerves. A fourteenth-century Arab traveller finds himself invited to the court of an Indian sultan and there has an encounter with some local yogis. *The Sultan sent for me once when I was with him at Delhi, and on entering I found him in a […]