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Medieval Islamic games

By | 2017-07-23T17:11:39+00:00 July 23rd, 2017|Africa, Games, Islam, West Asia|

Muslims playing chess in Spain The big new game of the Islamic Empire was chess. The Arabs learned to play chess from the Sassanians when they conquered them, and probably the Sassanians learned chess from people in India. Indian people themselves seem to have learned at least some version of chess from people in China. [...]

Chicken history – Where are chickens from? India and China

By | 2018-01-11T15:29:21+00:00 June 12th, 2017|China, Food, India|

Chicken history: Clay hen whistle from Mohenjo Daro (ca. 2700 BC, now in Brooklyn Museum) Where are chickens from? Long ago, lots of wild chickens lived in India and East Asia (China, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam). That's where people first domesticated (tamed) chickens, maybe around 7000 BC. Recent genetic evidence shows that people [...]