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    The Mongols loved competitions of all sorts, and they organized debates among rival religions the same way they organized wrestling matches. It began on a specific date with a panel of judges to oversee it. In this case Mongke Khan ordered them to debate before three judges: a Christian, a Muslim, and a Buddhist. A large audience assembled to watch the affair, which began with great seriousness and formality. An official lay down the strict rules by which Mongke wanted the debate to proceed: on pain of death “no one shall dare to speak words of contention.”

    Their debate ranged back and forth over the topics of evil versus good, God’s nature, what happens to the souls of animals, the existence of reincarnation, and whether God had created evil. As they debated, the clerics formed shifting coalitions among the various religions according to the topic. Between each round of wrestling, Mongol athletes would drink fermented mare’s milk; in keeping with that tradition, after each round of the debate, the learned men paused to drink deeply in preparation for the next match.

    No side seemed to convince the other of anything. Finally, as the effects of the alcohol became stronger, the Christians gave up trying to persuade anyone with logical arguments, and resorted to singing. The Muslims, who did not sing, responded by loudly reciting the Koran in an effort to drown out the Christians, and the Buddhists retreated into silent meditation. At the end of the debate, unable to convert or kill one another, they concluded the way most Mongol celebrations concluded, with everyone simply too drunk to continue.


    Jack Weatherford, Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World (via athenaltena)

    I’m interested that the Muslims drew the line at singing but not at getting totally obliterated on mare’s milk. (via )

    Someone else brought that up since alcohol is supposed to be forbidden by the Koran, but I did some poking around and apparently kumis (the mare’s milk in question) gets a bit more leeway in that regard, especially among Turks who have been drinking it since before Islam existed. It might also have to do with it not actually being all that alcoholic, relatively speaking, being roughly 2% ABV.

    Also if a Mongol Khan told you to drink would you say no?

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  3. cumrun:


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  4. Tagged #Good ideas
  5. tundras:

    F/F Books with WOC Characters/Protagonists.

    (in honour of Femslash February!)

    (i’ve only read about half of these, but have been told that the other half is well worth checking out! definitely feel free to add your own recs. :) never enough books about QWOC!)

    Oh! Haha, Shira Glassman is lovely, you should definitely read her book, I totally did some illustrations for her a while back when I was in Florida and while I never got round to reading the book the snippets that she sent me were delightful. I wanna read all these books. you should too.

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  6. dajo42:


    "i’m a nice guy, why don’t bitches like me"

    well son, let me tell you about the birds and the bees. i have 100 birds and 100 bees in this box. they’re angry. i’m opening the box. they’re coming for you

    an interesting amount of people condone setting angry bees and birds on fake nice guys

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  7. levithedisneyprincess:


    This is apparently coming out in 3 days.

    In 3 days, I’m going to start to be a total jogging addict, I think

    I’ve been beta testing it and I can confirm it’s actually the greatest app ever. Full iOS release date is as specified, Android release this Spring.

    It’s so intense, at one point during the first mission when radio contact was lost, I could hear them trying to contact me “Can you hear us?!” and I literally grabbed the mic and shouted, “I CAN HEAR YOU WHAT DO I DO?” even though that’s not how it works.

    I’m just glad nobody was near me.

    Alright yall sit your asses down I’m telling you a story

    I have this app and it is one of my best purchases I’ve ever had. It endorses your running and makes you work.

    The only downside is that it is fucking terrifying. One time, I was running, and got surrounded by zombies. Groaning and shuffling from all angles. And I have never ran that fast in my entire life. I completed my course(which usually takes 15 mins) in 5. I was also screaming a bit. I got some really weird looks, too.

    So, morale of the story: This is a fucking scary app and I recommend it 100%.

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    Tagged #super
  8. gailsimone:


    Gail Simone is on a tear on twitter this morning.

    I said some stuff.

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    Tagged #my hero
  9. gobe:

    Earth Day indeed.

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  10. quinnecl:

    Well, here’s a redux of an old comic I kind of squirreled away. 

    [By show of hands, is anybody interested in a printed copy?]

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