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Sep 20

Hey friends

I’ll have limited Internet access for the next ten days or so, so I won’t be around much. See you in October!


Sep 17

medievalpoc:

peashooter85:

The Jews of Ancient China —- The Kaifeng Jews

The destruction of Jerusalem at the hands of the Romans in 70 AD would create a wave of Jewish diaspora as Jewish rebels were sold into slavery or exiled to locations all over the Roman Empire.  However the spread of Jewish peoples would expand beyond the borders of the Roman world, as Jewish genes can be found all over Europe, Africa, and Asia.  One far flung Jewish community can be found in China, one of the most extreme examples of Jewish immigration in the ancient world.

After the Jewish revolt against Rome many thousands of Jews headed east to enjoy the wealth and riches of the Silk Road to Asia.  Jewish merchant communities sprang up all over Persia, Afghanistan, and Northern India.  One Jewish group traveled as far as Henan Province (Eastern China) and settled in the cosmopolitan city of Kaifeng between 600 – 900 AD.  By the year 1100 the Jews of Kaifeng had established a large and healthy community with a synagogue, communal kitchen, kosher slaughterhouse, ritual bath, and Sukkah (special building used to celebrate the festival of Sukkot).  During the Ming Dynasty the Kaifeng Jews took Chinese surnames which corresponded with the meanings of their original Jewish names.  One Kaifeng Jew, Zhao Yingcheng (Moshe Ben Abram) made his mark in Chinese history by being named the Director of the Ministry of Justice by the Emperor in the mid 1600’s. The religious traditions of the Kaifeng Jews remained the same through most of their history, corresponding exactly to the religious practices of Jews in the west.  However, in the 1860’s the community would be uprooted due to the chaos caused by the Taiping Rebellion.  The synagogue was destroyed and much of the ancient practices of the Kaifeng Jews were lost or forgotten.  The war caused a mini-diaspora of Chinese Jews as they sought refuge all over China.  After the war many Jews returned to Kaifeng to rebuild their community.  Today the Kaifeng Jews still maintain a small community with a rebuilt synagogue.  Today 1,000 Jews still maintain a prosperous community in Kaifeng.

Further Reading:

The Jews of Kaifeng, China: History, Culture, and Religion By Xin Xu

The Haggadah of the Kaifeng Jews of China By Fook-Kong Wong, Dalia Yasharpour

Legends of the Chinese Jews of Kaifeng By Xin Xu

The Kaifeng Stone Inscriptions: The Legacy of the Jewish Community in China By Tiberiu Weisz

The Jews of China: Historical and Comparative Perspectives edited by Jonathan Goldstein



Birthday presents!


46/50 films watched in 2014: The Big Lebowski

46/50 films watched in 2014: The Big Lebowski


Dawn Powell book covers by Richard McGuire


Sep 16

thegirlofgood replied to your photo “So I accidentally gave myself this haircut.”

That’s a mighty fine accident you’ve gotten yourself into :). I like it a lot. Are you going to color it?

Thank you! I think I’m going to go with my natural colour for a while. It’s “more professional,” and there’s only so much dyeing one’s hair can take (I actually decided to cut my hair because the dyed ends were so damaged). Also I haven’t been my natural colour in 3 years so it will be a nice change (and it’ll save me a little money).


So I accidentally gave myself this haircut.

So I accidentally gave myself this haircut.


vintageblackglamour:

A member of the African Choir, London Stereoscopic Company, 1891. From The Guardian:
The African Choir were a group of young South African singers that toured Britain between 1891 and 1893. They were formed to raise funds for a Christian school in their home country and performed for Queen Victoria at Osborne House, a royal residence on the Isle of Wight. At some point during their stay, they visited the studio of the London Stereoscopic Company to have group and individual portraits made on plate-glass negatives. That long-lost series of photographs, unseen for 120 years, is the dramatic centrepiece of an illuminating new exhibition called Black Chronicles II.
Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

vintageblackglamour:

A member of the African Choir, London Stereoscopic Company, 1891. From The Guardian:

The African Choir were a group of young South African singers that toured Britain between 1891 and 1893. They were formed to raise funds for a Christian school in their home country and performed for Queen Victoria at Osborne House, a royal residence on the Isle of Wight. At some point during their stay, they visited the studio of the London Stereoscopic Company to have group and individual portraits made on plate-glass negatives. That long-lost series of photographs, unseen for 120 years, is the dramatic centrepiece of an illuminating new exhibition called Black Chronicles II.

Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images



Sep 15

feministdisney:

some words from the Worst Muse, on twitter. Might be a good resource of (anti) advice for aspiring writers ;)


eatsleepdraw:

Weave, 2014
A fun pattern piece I created for the launch of Hysteria Magazine Issue III at Blacklisted Gallery, Sydney.
ellenporteus.com
ellenporteus.tumblr.com

eatsleepdraw:

Weave, 2014

A fun pattern piece I created for the launch of Hysteria Magazine Issue III at Blacklisted Gallery, Sydney.

ellenporteus.com

ellenporteus.tumblr.com


Sep 14
ursulavernon:

A friend requested I make this, and so here it is, and I offer it to anyone who needs it, with all the authority vested in me by whoever vests these things. Print it out if you need to.
The best art advice ever given to me—ever, ever—was “Don’t be afraid to make bad art.”
You will make a whole lot of crap in your time. Some will be truly awful and some will be merely mediocre. And that is totally normal and totally fine and for the love of little green apples, just keep going, because that’s the only way I know to get to the good stuff eventually.
(I normally feel horribly egotistical mentioning my awards, but I think this counts as using that power for good.)

ursulavernon:

A friend requested I make this, and so here it is, and I offer it to anyone who needs it, with all the authority vested in me by whoever vests these things. Print it out if you need to.

The best art advice ever given to me—ever, ever—was “Don’t be afraid to make bad art.”

You will make a whole lot of crap in your time. Some will be truly awful and some will be merely mediocre. And that is totally normal and totally fine and for the love of little green apples, just keep going, because that’s the only way I know to get to the good stuff eventually.

(I normally feel horribly egotistical mentioning my awards, but I think this counts as using that power for good.)

(via tangerineicing)


It’s a beautiful September Sunday and I look like I’m a thousand years old. Hi! Instead of sleeping in I had to get up to do some proofreading I’m supposed to deliver this afternoon and have barely started at this point.

It’s a beautiful September Sunday and I look like I’m a thousand years old. Hi! Instead of sleeping in I had to get up to do some proofreading I’m supposed to deliver this afternoon and have barely started at this point.


Sep 13

You know what happens when you tell potential clients you speak Spanish? They write to you in Spanish. And I mean, I understand written Spanish perfectly, but oh man is it hard to produce a few simple sentences to write them back in their own language.


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