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Posted by Anne Beltestad on July 11, 2002 at 01:53:39:

In reply to: Re: WOW! this looks like what I doodle, and have been brainstorming! posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on July 11, 2002 at 01:37:49:

A third avenue of exchange
: was Moorish Spain up to Ireland. The manuscript ornamentation sloshed
: back and forth there for centuries, other media too.

So you reckon it was the flowering of "civilization," that is art and
so on, in the Islamic world that brought knotwork to the Picts and
Celts too? they were powerful sailors to be sure...of course nothing
like the good ol'Vikings ;)
but what about the pre-Islamic origins of this type of design?
Ethiopian Christians use it, the Chinese use it, and what I want to
know is does it predate the patriarchal monotheistic desert religions,
or did they need to have that level of being "settled" before people
could come up with it (mathematics and so on) and maybe the barbarians
could copy but didn't actually "invent" it?
I want all good things to come from before the angry jealous desert
god, of course, because he is not indigenous to most people who
worship him today just as he was forced upon most of our ancestors
with much slaughter...but wonder what historical evidence shows about
my beloved knotwork.
Somewhat offtopic, can anyone recommend a good "Islamic knotwork"
design book for me to look at/photocopy/maybe buy? Nice knots for henna?



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