As disappointing as this is, these frescoes aren’t ancient murals. They’re from a Qing Dynasty hall at the temple — in other words, about 270 years ago, around 1743. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like there’s any way to repair the damage done, though.
Uyghur dance: Dolan meshripi (CCTV dance competition)
The Dolan people are grouped part of the Chinese Minority group known as Uyghurs. This piece is a part of a meshrep dance, performed at a CCTV dance competition. The meshrep is actually a longer, elaborate community gathering which displays music, dance, poetry, and conversation. The traditional Meshrep also falls under UNESCO’s Intangible World Heritage in Need of Safeguarding.
Found among the Uygur people concentrated largely in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Meshrep constitutes the most important cultural carrier of Uygur traditions. A complete Meshrep event includes a rich collection of traditions and performance arts, such as music, dance, drama, folk arts, acrobatics, oral literature, foodways and games. Uygur muqam is the most comprehensive art form included in the event, integrating song, dance and entertainment. Meshrep functions both as a ‘court’, where the host mediates conflicts and ensures the preservation of moral standards, and as a ‘classroom’, where people can learn about their traditional customs. Meshrep is mainly transmitted and inherited by hosts who understand its customs and cultural connotations, by the virtuoso performers who participate, and by all the Uygur people who attend. However, there are numerous factors endangering its viability, such as social changes resulting from urbanization and industrialization, the influence of national and foreign cultures, and the migration of young Uygur to cities for work. Frequency of occurrence and the number of participants are progressively diminishing, while the number of transmitters who understand the traditional rules and rich content of the event has sharply decreased from hundreds to tens.
Kassite pink chalcedony cylinder seal, Circa 14th Century BC
Carved with a standing king on the right with his hand raised, a recumbent human-headed bull wearing a hat above, inscribed:
'Enshashar, chief administrator of Enlil, for the life of […], daily his pleasing word, may it be […]. Indaglan, son of (king) Kurigalzu, king of the world.'
The Kassites were an ancient Near Eastern people who controlled Babylonia after the fall of the Old Babylonian Empire c. 1531 BC until about 1155 BC. The gained control of Babylon after the Hittites sacked the city in 1585 BC. They were members of a small military aristocracy but were efficient rulers and not locally unpopular. Their 500-year reign laid an essential groundwork for the development of subsequent Babylonian culture.
The original homeland of the Kassites is not well known, but appears to have been located in the Zagros Mountains in Lorestan in what is now modern Iran.
Anonymous asked: I am am not asking this to be inappropriate or anything I'm really not. I have a paper to do for human psychology and culture. I was wondering if you know what era the first known erotica or erotic like materials(story's or paintings/drawing) was? Please and thank you. Sorry I'm not very good at wording questions
I don’t mind sincere scholarly questions about erotic materials. There’s a vast difference between this and the questions I have deleted previously, so there’s no need to be concerned about that.
However, your question does have a few problems:
I cannot directly give you an answer to a homework assignment, essay or otherwise.
Even if I could, in this case, basic research should tell you that erotic works date back to most ancient civilizations. Sex is, in art/culture/story a primary motivator/theme/subject.
This isn’t a question specific to A.) Asia or B.) more importantly, a specific culture in Asia. The earliest works of erotic art in India would likely be different than erotic art in say, Korea. Or Mongolia. If you want to know what the earliest found and dated work was, I’m sure you could google or research it quite easily! There’s an entire wikipedia page of the History of Erotic Depictions. When the answers are so easy to find, I wonder why you would ask me, instead of going straight to the source! If you’d asked “Do you know where I might find collections of Shunga works?” (which is too late for “first known” anything) then I might have suggested some databases or museums, but really, I’m confident you can find the answer for this one.