A Soup for the Qan: Chinese Dietary Medicine of the Mongol by E. N. Anderson, Paul D. Buell

By E. N. Anderson, Paul D. Buell

Paul D. Buell, Ph.D. (1977) in heritage, collage of Washington, Seattle, is Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter on the Horst-Grtz-Stiftungs-Institut, Berlin. He has released widely at the heritage of the Mongols together with an old Dictionary of the Mongol global Empire (Scarecrow, 2003). E. N. Anderson, Ph.D. (1967) in Anthropology, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, collage of California, Riverside. a expert in ethnobiology and human ecology with broad box paintings, he's the writer of Floating international misplaced (University Press of the South 2007).Charles Perry, B.A. (1964) in heart East Languages, collage of California, Berkeley, is a Los Angeles-based author focusing on the nutrition heritage of the Islamic international. His writings comprise Medieval Arab Cookery (Prospect, 2000), with A.J. Arberry and Maxime Rodinson.

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We begin with Mongolia. V. CULTURAL SPHERES OF THE MONGOLIAN WORLD ORDER Steppes of Mongolia45 The Mongolian Way of Life Traditional life on the Mongolian steppe was extremely harsh, environmentally and socially. It was only possible at all through a well thought–out strategy of life, and of resource use developed over the centuries involving near constant movement. 46 Two types of seasonal movement were involved. The most common was transhumance. It required alternation between low–lying winter pastures and mountain summer pastures, with as much of the year as possible being spent at high altitude.

They had killed a three–year–old deer and were cooking its ribs and intestines. 50 This same tradition was also one underpinning for the great feasts later sponsored by the Mongolian qan of empire and post–empire days as described by Marco Polo: And when the Great Kaan has his table for any formal court occasion he sits thus; for his table is considerably higher than the others. He sits positioned to the north so that his face is directed south and his primary wife sits next to him on his left side.

The Zhuogeng lu version of Xuanhui yuan organization includes a “Sugar Office” (Shatang ju 砂糖局), not mentioned above. The word buralgi (buralki) is discussed by Paul Pelliot, Notes on Marco Polo (Paris, 1959–73), I, 112–4, and by G. Doerfer, Türkische und mongolische Elemente im Neupersischen (Wiesbaden, 1963–75), I, 213–5. Its original meaning of the word was lost property left behind when the ordo (tent palace) of the qan and associated elements moved to a new site. The word is probably a Mongolian pronunciation of Turkic bulargi, “pertaining to what is, what exists, is found,” although there is dispute about the etymology.

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