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Ancient Eireann Tartans,
This review is from: The Mummies of Urumchi (Hardcover)
It's some while since I read this book but it's sehr interessant,With plenty of stuff on textiles and perhaps more archaologically absorptive than one would think,Unless one is a keen reenactive fashionista-The origin of many of the oldest Ch'inese words such as 'Mak',Turn out to be Eurasian or Paleo-European in origin,that is,'Mak',is Cognate with words like 'Maha',as in 'Maha-Rajah'(Where the 'Raja' part means 'Reich','Reach', or 'Kingdom')and 'Magi' as in 'Magic' and 'Major' as in the classic Latin for 'Big' or simply 'Great'-Barber also describes the dress of these wandering Eurasian Magi or 'Gandalfs' in 'Welsh' hats and lists the numbers of other Non-Ch'inish words and names found in ancient texts.
As such,Philology can teach us a lot about the past but it can also teach us about identity and thus I recommend this bulky book to Europeans for that reason,For their ancestors are here, Locked in the obscurity that followed the Christian censorship of ancestor worship,ironically normal to those pagan Ch'inese,Who were forced to build the great wall of old Ch'ina to keep the Iranian Scyths,Huns and Oigurs and their horse warrior ilk out,The latter of whose rowdy descendants have been rioting in the New territory or Shinjiang Oigur-If you interest yourself in Textiles,History,Ethnology,then this book has all of that and is also a revelatory read on some other counts,Such as in its description of the various techniques of weaving and so is a worthy addition to any well-read readers philosophical bookhoard-It's depth and detail will fulfill your curiosity.