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Book Release: Early Christian Remains of Inner Mongolia PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 July 2008 21:12

Early Christian Remains of Inner Mongolia
Discovery, Reconstruction and Appropriation
Tjalling H.F. Halbertsma

The early Christian presence in Inner Mongolia forms the subject of this book. These Nestorian remains must primarily be attributed to the Öngüt, a Turkic people closely allied to the Mongols. Writing in Syriac, Uighur and Chinese scripts and languages, the Nestorian Öngüt drew upon a variety of religions and cultures to decorate their gravestones with crosses rising from lotus flowers, dragons and Taoist imagery. This heritage also portrays designs found in the Islamic world. Taking a closer look at the discovery of this material and its significance for the study of the early Church of the East under the Mongols, the author reconstructs the Nestorian culture of the Öngüt.
The reader will find many newly discovered objects not published before. At the same time this study demonstrates how many remaining objects were appopriated and, in many cases, vanished after their discovery.

 
Mongolian Grammar Study Book PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 11 December 2006 18:02
Mongolian Grammar

Complete Grammar (and Study Book) of the Mongolian language, featuring Cyrillic script, Classical script (as used in Inner Mongolia) and English explanations. 448 pages, good quality paperback. Ideal for learners and researchers of Mongolian.

Awarded as "Best Academic Book of the Year 1997" by the Ministry of Education of Mongolia.

Buy Mongolian Grammar Study Book Online

ISBN 9992904453
Ulaanbaatar 2005
Paperback, 448 pages
It contains 5 parts:
1. Introduction with general information about the Mongolian language, the alphabets and the word structure.
2. Lexicology with word building, special parts like idioms and indigenous Mongolian vocabulary
3. Morphology, covering all the different parts of speech.
4. Syntax, covering sentence structure, parts of a sentence and punctuation.
5. Appendix with many helpful tables, lists and word index.



This book provides the learner with:

* very detailed table of contents, both in Mongolian and English language
* many example sentences of everyday life
* explanations of necessary linguistic terms
* literal translation for analytical understanding
* helpful comparison and overview tables
* insights in Mongolian cultural heritage
* hints for using colloquial language
* necessary rules

This is the third completely revised version. Only 500 copies available.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 December 2006 17:55
 
In the footsteps of Zanabazar: Mongolia's leader and artist PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 06 May 2006 23:41
A new guide book was launched tracking the special places in the life of the world famous spiritual and worldy leader of Mongolia, who became especially famous for his impressive works of art.
Guide to Locales Connected With The Life of Zanabazar : First Bogd Gegeen Of Mongolia
Zanabazar (1635-1723) was the son of the Tüsheet Khan, one of the rulers of seventeenth-century Mongolia, and a distant descendant of Chingis Khan, founder of the Mongol Empire. His spiritual propensities were apparent almost from birth and in 1639, while still a small boy, he was recognized as the head of the Sakya sect of Buddhism in Mongolia. He later traveled to Tibet where he was recognized as the 16th incarnation of Javsandamba and converted to the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism by the 5th Dalai Lama. As the head of the Gelug sect in Mongolia he introduced many new innovations, including the Maitreya Ceremony, and initiated the construction of numerous new temples and monasteries. A renowned polymath, Zanabazar composed new prayers, scriptures, and music, and invented the Soyombo alphabet, but he is probably best known for his incomparable sculptures, which rank among the greatest works of Buddhist art ever created. These include  White Tara, the Twenty-One Taras, the five Transcendental Buddhas, Sitasamara, Vajradhara, and many more. The Guide to Locales Connected with the Life of Zanabazar contains detailed information on fourteen places in Mongolia associated with Zanabazar and on seven museums and temples where his artworks can now be viewed. GPS coordinates are provided for countryside locations. The Guide will be of interest to pilgrims, tourists, and armchair travelers alike.

The Book is available in two versions:
Both are available online at Amazon
Last Updated on Saturday, 06 May 2006 23:55
 
New Photo Book on Tsagaan Sar - Mongolia's Lunar New Year PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 01 May 2006 18:33
Amsterdam, Holland April 30, 2006 -- Amateur photographer Remy Lang has released his first photo book on Mongolia: "Tsagaan Sar - Mongolian New Year".

The book contains photos he took during Tsagaan Sar (Buddhist New Year) in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in February 2005 and is divided into two sections. The first section consists of photos of all the in-laws Remy Lang encountered during the three-day long celebrations. The second section is an impression of the festivities.

Normal price is $19.99 but for a limited time only "Tsagaan Sar - Mongolian New Year" is available for the special introduction price of just $17.99.

http://www.lulu.com/content/114880.


Last Updated on Monday, 01 May 2006 18:50
 
KUBLAI KHAN: The Mongol King who Remade China PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 23 April 2006 19:26
Financial Times (London, England)
April 22, 2006 Saturday
By LUDOVIC HUNTER-TILNEY

KUBLAI KHAN: The Mongol King who Remade China

by John Man

Bantam Press Pounds 20, 383 pages

Thanks to Coleridge, Kublai Khan is widely remembered for a stately
pleasure dome conjured from the mists of an opium-assisted dream. It is
not much of a memorial for a Mongolian warlord, Genghis Khan's favourite
grandson, who was once the leader of an empire that stretched over
one-fifth of the world's
inhabited land area.

Rather than lounging around in Xanadu, Kublai wrestled with the
intricacies of governing 13th-century Asia as well as scouting out new
countries to invade. He had a yearning for conquest, to extend his
dominion that ended in failure when he attempted to follow his defeat of
China by invading Japan.

In Kublai Khan, John Man gives a lively account of his life, portrayed as
a study in vaunting ambition and its corollary, discontent: "How could he
not be, if he was to be true to his grandfather's mission - to set the
bounds of empire wider still and wider, until all the world acknowledged
the fact of
Mongol supremacy?" Although some of the book's parallels are over-egged
("As CEO, Kublai was committed to Mongolia Inc."), it brings the last of
the great Khan's empire-building feats into focus.
 
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