Skip to comments.Church in Prague receives relic of Czech Marco Polo [Odoric of Pordenone]
Posted on 09/18/2018 10:33:41 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
I, brother Odoric, a Czech from Turlania,...crossed the sea and visited the land of the unbelievers intending to harvest some of their souls. I will not mention all that I have seen...For I would have not believed it myself, if I had not heard it and seen it with my own ears and eyes.
Thus begins the 'The Journey into the Empire of the Great Khan', a book of recollections written in the 14th century by Czech priest, Odoric of Pordenone, who set out for China in 1318, after being commissioned by the Pope to establish contact with the its Mongol rulers.
Crossing Persia and Tibet, his journey would eventually take him beyond the Middle Empire, as far as the Philippines, where he was the first priest to conduct Christmas mass.
Yet despite the extraordinary life of this Czech Marco Polo, Odoric is virtually unknown in the country and wider Europe as a whole.
"Odoric was historically unlucky. His account was discovered by a French author and plagiarised in the 1350s, becoming a collection of travellers' tales, which we know today as the 'The Travels of Sir John Mandeville', so Odoric's own story was forgotten. His book was eventually published in Czechoslovakia in 1962, but that was more than half a century ago."
The reason why Odoric is from Pordenone and not a more Czech sounding settlement, is because he was born in 13th century Northern Italy, to a Czech soldier serving in the army of Premysl Ottokar II., as it was campaigning in Friuli.
It is also in Pordenone where Odoric's body lies today, in a church specially built to resemble a Mongol tent.
(Excerpt) Read more at radio.cz ...
Odoric of Pordenone relic was delivered to the Church of Our Lady of the Snows, photo: Zdenka Kuchynová
Why do catholic clergy wear dresses? You would think with all the sex scandals that they would wear big boy pants.
The City of Light:
The Hidden Journal of the Man
Who Entered China Four Years Before Marco Polo
by Jacob D'Ancona
tr by David Selbourne
Christians in China: A.D. 600 to 2000
by Father Jean Charbonnier,
contributions by David Notley,
tr. by M. N. L. Couve de Murville
Being Italian and into Aramaic studies, I found the following article about Pasta in the Talmud nothing less than fascinating. ?
The first clear Western reference to boiled noodles, Perry says, is in the Jerusalem Talmud of the fifth century A.D., written in Aramaic. The authors debated whether or not noodles violated Jewish dietary laws. (Today only noodles made of matzoh meal are kosher for Passover.) They used the word itriyah, thought by some scholars to derive from the Greek itrion, which referred to a kind of flatbread used in religious ceremonies. By the tenth century, it appears, itriyah in many Arabic sources referred to dried noodles bought from a vendor, as opposed to fresh ones made at home. Other Arabic sources of the time refer to fresh noodles as lakhsha, a Persian word that was the basis for words in Russian, Hungarian, and Yiddish. (By comparison with these words, noodle, which dates from sixteenth-century German, originated yesterday.)
Pasta in the Talmud | Steve Caruso | September 15, 2007
Why do Scotsmen wear kilts?.
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Yo, Gurt, that's a yert.
Interesting piece of historical information. Its too bad he is not more widely known.
May as well ask why Scots wear kilts or Japanese wear Kimonos. Some traditions endure.
Q: How many birds can fit under a Scotsman’s kilt?
A: Depends on the size of the perch.
No caption, too wide.
Sorry. Just grabbed the first thing that came to mind to show priests wearing suits to show that poster. So I just left it the size that it was. :(
Chinese and Italian racists colluding for noodles.
I hadn’t heard of this guy. According to Wiki, he visited lots of places besides China. Are there any English translations of his diaries?
Probably, I haven’t had time to look yet. :^)
“colluding for noodles” sounds like a reality show idea... hmm...
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