09.22.12

The Book of the Nishan Shaman 17

Posted in Books, Translation at 10:15

See here for a list of previous installments.

[It's been more than a year since the last installment!  I've been working on it alone, but steadily and surely, and going over the glosses very carefully. --Randy]

The Nishan Shaman reaches the hall of Omosi Mama, Manchu goddess of birth and smallpox.

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07.27.12

Manchu cropping up in very strange places

Posted in Culture, Romanization, Translation at 10:20

Awhile ago I posted about a guy I bumped into with Manchu script on his shirt.  Now I found something even more odd.  You’ve probably seen those kinds of notebooks that students often buy with forms in them where their classmates are supposed to fill in their contact information and their likes and dislikes.  Look at this example (below the fold): Read the rest of this entry »

07.25.11

The Book of the Nishan Shaman 16

Posted in Books, Translation at 11:55

See here for a list of previous installments.

The Nishan Shaman deals with her unexpected acquaintance and comes across the hall of Omosi Mama.

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06.23.11

Manchu script in modern fashion

Posted in Culture, Script at 23:55

Having started summer vacation, I brought my kids up to Jilin to see the relatives for a couple weeks. I skipped down to Beijing for a couple days to meet up with Victor Mair, David Moser, Joel Martinsen, Brendan O’Kane, and Syz.  On the way back I had to switch trains in Changchun.  I found a cell phone charger and while I was waiting for it to charge, a guy came up and stood near me.  I glanced at his t-shirt and was very surprised at what I saw. Read the rest of this entry »

11.23.10

The Book of the Nishan Shaman 15

Posted in Books, Translation at 15:06

Previous installments: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

While the Nishan Shaman is leading Sergudai Fiyanggo back to the Land of the Living she encounters someone she had not expected to meet.
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10.23.10

Where the story took place

Posted in Announcements, Geography, History, Legend at 12:18

The story of the Nishan Shaman is generally considered to be a legend, undoubtedly because there is no empirical evidence that shamans can travel to the underworld and raise the dead.  But many legends are based on real events.  And of course there is a lot of fiction that is set in real places.  Based on matching geographical information from the story to real geographical information, I believe I have determined the physical setting of the beginning of the story. Read the rest of this entry »

08.05.10

Manchu Archery in Global Times

Posted in Culture at 10:55

The Netherlands’ Peter Dekker studies Manchu archery and has been written up in Global Times.

He also runs a very informative website called Fe Doro (The Old Way).

(Hat tip to Kellen.)

06.18.10

The Book of the Nishan Shaman 14

Posted in Books, Translation at 21:00

Previous instalments: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

The Nishan Shaman rescues Sergudai Fiyanggo and they are on their way back from the Country of the Dead, but Monggoldai Nakcu chases them to strike a bargain. Read the rest of this entry »

06.03.10

The Book of the Nishan Shaman 13

Posted in Books, Translation at 20:35

Previous instalments: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

The Nishan Shaman reaches the city of Ilmun Han,
and meets Sergudai Fiyanggo’s kidnapper, Monggoldai Nakcu.

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05.25.10

The Book of the Nishan Shaman 12

Posted in Books, Translation at 19:57

Previous instalments: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

The shaman passes different obstacles that appear on her way to rescue the soul of Sergudai Fiyanggo.

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