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A Patriotic Yoga: The Deep History of the Tendon-Changing Classic

Posted March 25th, 2016 at 07:20 PM by ghostexorcist
Updated February 11th, 2018 at 10:56 PM by ghostexorcist

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A Patriotic Yoga: The Deep History of the Tendon-Changing Classic

By Jim R. McClanahan

A common legend circulating in martial arts circles is that the monk Bodhidharma (c. 6th-century CE) created Chinese martial arts while staying in the famous Shaolin Monastery. Stan Henning explains that this story does not predate the 20th-century. He examined documents going...
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Destroy This Mad Brute (WWI propaganda poster)

Posted November 3rd, 2014 at 09:40 PM by ghostexorcist
Updated January 5th, 2016 at 07:13 PM by ghostexorcist

Destroy This Mad Brute (WWI propaganda poster)

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By Jim R. McClanahan

I created the following PowerPoint presentation for a brief talk I gave to my university's primatology club. It uses a WWI propaganda poster, entitled "Destroy This Mad Brute", as a centerpiece to explore cultural perceptions of apes, particularly chimps and gorillas, from throughout history. I've added more to it since the presentation. I still need...
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Brief Communication: Did the Kaifeng Ancestors Arrive During the Yuan Dynasty?

Posted January 20th, 2014 at 09:06 AM by ghostexorcist
Updated October 18th, 2014 at 09:59 AM by ghostexorcist

Did the Kaifeng Ancestors
Arrive During the Yuan Dynasty?


By Jim R. McClanahan

Sino-Judaic scholars have proposed different times and modes of entry for the Kaifeng Ancestors. The former ranges from the Han to the Ming and the latter are the overland Silk Road or the maritime sea route. The major consensus is that they arrived during the Song Dynasty (960-1279) using the overland Silk Road. While I no longer accept the land route (a paper arguing in favor...
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Practice Ethnography Proposal

Posted December 12th, 2013 at 07:50 PM by ghostexorcist
Updated November 16th, 2017 at 04:29 AM by ghostexorcist

Practice Ethnography Proposal

(Last update: 12-23-13)

By Jim R. McClanahan

The following is a proposal for a hypothetical ethnographic study. While the cultural side of anthropology is not my academic focus, I believe such a study would be an interesting undertaking.

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The election of Nina Davuluri (Miss New York), an Indoamerican woman, as Miss America 2014 resulted in racist comments on twitter conflating her...
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Navajo History and Creation Stories

Posted October 29th, 2013 at 03:51 PM by ghostexorcist

Navajo History and Creation Stories

By Jim R. McClanahan

An old Sioux Indian saying goes: “A people without history is like wind on the buffalo grass.” This means that a people without history are vulnerable to bending to the will of others, and in this case, that will belongs to western historians. One example of this is the way that western historians have ignored Diné (Navajo) oral history in favor of Euroamerican and Mexican accounts that wrongly portray these...
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