Weather Magic in Inner Asia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780933070332
  • Publisher: Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies, Indiana Universi
  • Publication date: 2/28/1995
  • Series: Uralic and Altaic Series
  • Pages: 174

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Maps
Key to the Symbols Used
1 Weather-Magic in Historical Records 1
The Pre-Turk Period 1
The Turks 2
A Conspectus of the Early Islamic Sources 3
The Uighurs 8
The Karluks and the Islamic Legends on the Origin of the Rain-Stone among the Turks 9
The Karakhanids 34
The Khwarazmshahs 36
The Mongols 43
The Timurids and After 51
The Ottoman Turks 60
2 Recent Turkic and Mongol Beliefs 70
The Oghuz Turks 70
The Turkic Peoples of the Volga Region 73
The Central Asian Kipchak Turks 75
The Turkic Peoples of Turkestan 79
The Turkic Peoples of Siberia 89
The Buriats 96
The Western Mongols 97
The Monguors 102
The Ordos Mongols 102
3 The Linguistic Argument 104
4 Types of Weather-Magic in Inner Asia and Their History 117
Sprinking Water and Plunging into Water 117
Frogs and Snakes 118
The Dark-Coloured Horse 124
The Rain-Stone 126
The Distinctive Features of Rain-Stones 127
The Rite 134
The Use of Rain-Stones: the Functional Aspect 137
The Geographical Argument and the Early History of Rain-Stones in Inner Asia 139
5 Weather-Magic and its Practitioners in Society 143
Appendix: Altturkische Fragmente uber den Regenstein 147
Bibliography 152
Maps 152
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