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OKAY! So it's been a couple of days since I joined Mastodon, which means it's time for a history thread. Going by tootles' responses, I'm going to be starting with these fascinating artefacts: the hero stones of the medieval Deccan.

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Hi there, ! Thanks so much for connecting! Here's a of useful resources I've found to help make the UX a little easier to understand and navigate:

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@Deepsealioness Hello! I'm Anirudh. I'm a geopolitics researcher and amateur historian. My focus area is the early medieval Deccan, c. 600-1100, and I try to make critical understandings of history accessible through podcasting and memes.

I'm new here and am looking to connect with more like-minded folks - can I get a boost, please? :)

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I think the Supreme Court's bowing to majoritarian pressure on Ayodhya underscores more than ever the need to have broad, critical understandings of India's medieval history.

I'd like to contribute to the discourse with a bunch of photo essay-ish toots about the evolution of the myriad meanings of temples and idols - in particular, their meanings in warfare. What should I start with?

RT @achakrava
4/ If we have no problems believing that Namboodiri brahmins can preserve millenia-old linguistic features in the Vedic canon through oral mnemonic devices, then why are we so averse to entertaining the idea that non-elite oral cultures can persevere across time without writing?

"Beringia: A Story in Four Seasons".

Gives me chills to see all these prehistoric animals as just that - animals with the same kinds of behaviours we see in species around us. The history of life on earth is so vast and amazing.

(Via Reddit)

RT @meenakshi__a
From the archives: a 19th century report on the trials for the transportation of nine elephants by railway.

It is fascinating to see the encounter between technical expertise and non-human agencies reflected in the narrative elements of engineering literature. (1/5)

I was so amused by TM Krishna's recent attempt to portray ancient India's most ruthless warlord as a philosopher-emperor that I made a meme about it. Why do we still persist in portraying Ashoka as a man of our times, not his? Why whitewash the uniqueness of the Mauryan polity?

I've officially joined the club of guys who have discovered how comfy their girlfriend's yoga pants are

RT @IVMPodcasts
In the last years of the 16th century, a Japanese armada set out on an impossible mission to conquer Korea & China. 

@AKanisetti & @CabinMarine join @adityascripts to discuss why this astonishing conflict still captures modern imaginations.


RT @dtmooreeditor
Later called spintriae (from a Greek slang word referring to male prostitutes), they were stamped on one side with depictions of a variety of sex acts and on the other with numbers from 1 to 16. And not one contemporary record mentions them or explains what they were used for.

RT @tongbingxue
Literature Laureate Rabindranath Tagore visiting Beijing, China 96 years ago, 1924.
He was accompanied by Chinese translator Lin Huiyin ( left) and poet Xu Zhimo ( right ).

RT @iconographile
All of us know we should not impose our values on the past. Indeed. But looking at this sweet old man, I cannot but shudder thinking that he took 60 women with him to his grave by burning in rites of sati. Sixty. Looks different now, doesn't he? Each pretty picture has a story

A searing read on the everyday violence of casteism, which is so often disingenuously denied.

Power to Prof. Murmu.

RT @mleccha
has always been part of Indian culture.

and strain bhang, i.e. cannabis / marijuana through a sieve, as Ganesha and Kartikeya look on.

(Indian miniature from Himachal Pradesh (Guler or Mandi), attributed to Sajnu, c. 1810-20.)

RT @mukhoty
‘The natives are very partial to the custom of painting their horses’ grumbled Englishman Charles Madan in 1787, as he tried desperately to wash the henna off his horse. Also visible in this 1700 painting, lady hawking, murshidabad

RT @r_gov11
Such a fun piece on men's underwear, Indian advertisements, and the cultivation of desire. And, oh, the joy of remembering "yeh to bada toing hai":

RT @harvard_artbot
A Man Laments the Passage of Time (Episode 4) from the "Tales of Ise" (Ise monogatari), Tosa Ittoku, Momoyama period, late 16th-early 17th century

RT @_alice_evans
My next blog is on why southern India is more gender equal than the north,

more girls survive, go to school, & women have more autonomy & labour force participation.

I have drafted my theory.

Now I want to hear YOUR priors. Why do you think the south is more gender equal?

RT @snktjain
Meet 68-year old Dilawar Shikalgar who has struck a 5-kg hammer on metal some 8 million times in his over half-a-century career as an ironsmith. His family has been hand-crafting, across a hundred years and six generations, some of the finest adkittas or nut-cutters.

RT @bdaiwi_historia
1/Following up on an interesting point raised by Jonathan AC Brown about Avicenna & wine-drinking, I'd like to offer a few cursory remarks. One: Avicenna drank wine. His penchant for wine drew condemnations from hardnosed jurists & theologians, & drew admirations of orientalists

RT @ArminReindl
I've said it before and I'll say it again, pre-Interchange South America is CRIMINALLY underappreciated and underrepresented in media, there is just so much untapped weirdness but everyone just ends up going with Smilodon populator as the focus

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