Muzium Negara Gallery B
This is one of the many very informative interactive screens at the Muzium Negara galleries. You can really spend hours going through the various modules that are available. You can choose between English and Malay versions.
Some interesting books you may find interesting on the Silk Road
Life along the Silk Road by Susan Whitfield
With a nod to the storytelling traditions of the ancient central Asian bazaars that it describes, Life Along the Silk Road is a wily half-breed of a history book.
Mixing narrative and historic minutiae, each chapter introduces an inhabitant of the Silk Road at the end of the 10th century. Following the lives and stories of the Merchant, the Soldier, the Monk, the Courtesan, and others, Susan Whitfield brings the dramatic history of pre-Islamic central Asia down to a human scale, fleshing out the battles of conquest and trade with the details of everyday life.
Whitfield is the director of the British Library-sponsored Dunhuang Project, which makes a remarkable collection of ancient Silk Road manuscripts, including those acquired by legendary explorer Sir Aurel Stein, available on the Internet.
Her knowledge of this treasure trove of primary material shows throughout the book.
- What is the choicest cut of meat from a camel? The hump.
- The Chinese recipe for curing possession by demons? It involves a number of ingredients, including a broiled centipede, with all the legs removed.
- What ancient Silk Road town was famous for its dancing girls? Read and see.
--Ken Peavler --
From Publishers Weekly
Illustrated with drawings, manuscripts, paintings and artifacts, this historical journey through the byways of the old Silk Road is a beautifully rendered tribute to the thousands of years in which these routes served as the center of trade.
In reality, as Wood, head of the Chinese section at the British Library, explains, merchandise passing from Central Asia to Europe crossed over a large variety of routes before arriving at its destination, and "the number of travelers who actually traversed the full length of the Silk Roads was always very small."
But the importance of the Silk Road is demonstrated by the vast cultural and religious movements that either began or flourished around it, and which are related in historical detail by the author, who traces the road to its origins as far back as Alexander the Great. This is a rich, and richly illustrated, history.