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Mongolian Appropriation Of Nestorian Sites And Objects

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This chapter explores the appropriation of Nestorian remains and objects in Mongolian legends, storytelling and oral history. It further discusses the ceremonial appropriation of Nestorian objects by Mongolian herders and settlers. Nestorian ancient cities, especially Olon Sume, were appropriated by Mongolian storytellers and herders as oral history rather than as physical property. A great number of modern anecdotes about Olon Sume warn against visiting the city remains and especially-as in the legends on Liuzi Khan-against the appropriation of objects from the site. By the end of the twentieth century a number of Mongolian herders in Inner Mongolia abandoned the traditional taboos regarding the physical appropriation of Nestorian heritage.

Keywords:Mongolian herders; Nestorian objects; Nestorian remains; Olon Sume



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