India, too, I've been noticing...

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Posted by Anne Beltestad on July 11, 2002 at 01:54:48:

In reply to: Neat-o! posted by Anne Beltestad on July 11, 2002 at 01:53:39:

seems to be influenced (via the Persians?) by the miniatures, styles
of rendering people, and a lot of decoration, not only henna...

: 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
: peace
: Anne


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