For all, who are interested in the Orient

Oriental Collection № 3/2014

  • Kuala-Lumpur, a photo essay by Svetlana Sysoeva opens the third issue of 2014.
  • Maxim Mikhalyev. The Poem of Fire. The essay, the action of which takes place in the Altai, Pamir and Himalayas, is dedicated to the fire revered by the people as something bearing the true knowledge, the true light and the true liberation.
  • Yuriy Aver’yanov. The Sufi Trace of the Master of Graphics. The Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul stores four albums with the drawings by different authors. Among them are the works by Siyah Kalem, the genius medieval artist, whose personality still remains a mystery. The author of the article offers his own version. 
  • Elena Khokhlova. Ceramics by State Order and Not Only. The Punchong Ceramics (XIV—XVI centuries) rank among the major achievements of the Korean national culture. Ceramic items, which had been originally used only by the royal court, over time became widespread.
  • Mariam Emami. Marriage in Iran. In her thorough article also based on personal experience, the author describes in detail traditions, rituals and public policy related to marriage, marital life and raising of children in Iran.
  • Irina Vinokurova. Dzhigits on Jeeps. Part of Adyghes (Circassians), who left the North Caucasus after being conquered by the Russian Empire in the mid-nineteenth century, settled in Palestine. Adyghes still live compactly in two Israeli settlements preserving their language, religion and customs.
  • Rashid Kukashev. Winter Colours of Bayan-Olgey. A group of ethnographers from Kazakhstan conducts field research among Kazakhs living in Mongolia. The article is based on the material obtained by the author on the art craft of this ethnic group.
  • Kseniya Mironova. The Responsive City on the Sunny Side. The impression of the author about the Chinese city of Shenyang — its history, architecture, customs and people.
  • Svetlana Ryzhakova. Heavenly Jewel in the Dust of the Earth’s History. Not so long ago an alien was abandoned to get into the remote Indian state of Manipur. Now this ban has been removed and the author of the essay seized the opportunity. Among the characters of her essay are the girls celebrating Holi-Yaoshang, priestesses and shamans, an expert of the local cuisine and a famous Theater Director...
  • Yury Ilyakhin. China in Fragments. The magazine presents the author of the book «China in Fragments» — the Russian sinologist and publisher working in China. His book is the result of long-time observations of the Chinese modern life, profound study of Chinese culture, history, manners and customs of the people. An extract from the book telling about the twelve most popular Chinese dishes is published here.
  • Andrey Strelkov. Magic Gift of the Mongolian Lama. The article reproduces a semi-legendary story of how Lama Lhundup-pandita the scientist came to the conclusion that the Buryats had matured to perceive the Tantric studies and went to Buryatia with secret Buddhist texts.
  • Andrey Shugaev. Through the Pages of the Forgotten Book. The author of the article, a philocartist-researcher, discovered in the accidentally purchased book «The World of Islam» illustrations similar to mail postcards from his collection. The conducted research yielded interesting results.
  • Sören Urbanski. Russian Cossacks in Manchuria. Transbaikal Cossacks who since the 1870s had been engaged in agriculture on vacant Chinese lands at the edge of the river Argun, became immigrants after the Russian Civil War. They were under the rule of Qing officials, Japanese invaders and the Red Army. A German researcher tells about the fate of Cossacks.
  • Vladimir Belyakov. The Fiery Sky of Alexandria. The author presents two extant diaries of the Russian people who lived in Alexandria. During the World War II this city suffered from devastating bombing by the aviation of Germany and Italy.
  • Yury Zinin. The Minaret Giving a Bow. The Filibuster Street. Russian Amazon in the Arabian Desert. The next issue of the column «Arabesque» gives fascinating information about some interesting and little-known facts and phenomenon of life in the Middle East and North Africa.

Translated by Natalia Mishan.

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