publication . Article . 2016

Birds of the Mongol Empire

Eugene N. Anderson;
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  • Published: 01 Sep 2016 Journal: Ethnobiology Letters, volume 7 (eissn: 2159-8126, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Society of Ethnobiology
The Mongol Empire, the largest contiguous empire the world has ever known, had, among other things, a goodly number of falconers, poultry raisers, birdcatchers, cooks, and other experts on various aspects of birding. We have records of this, largely in the <em>Yinshan Zhengyao</em>, the court nutrition manual of the Mongol empire in China (the Yuan Dynasty). It discusses in some detail 22 bird taxa, from swans to chickens. The <em>Huihui Yaofang</em>, a medical encyclopedia, lists ten taxa used medicinally. Marco Polo also made notes on Mongol bird use. There are a few other records. This allows us to draw conclusions about Mongol ornithology, which apparently w...
free text keywords: Ethnoornithology, Mongol empire, Falconry, Zoomedicine, Medieval Asia, China, Empire, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Ancient history, Ornithology, Ethnoornithology, History, lcsh:Human ecology. Anthropogeography, lcsh:GF1-900
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