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Analysis Of The Text

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The chapter begins with a survey with the Mongolian elements of the text. The Yinshan zhengyao (YSZY) is unmistakable proof of the power and stamina of Mongolian food preferences. The work is in Chinese and embodies a framework of Chinese medical and dietary theory within which Chinese, Mongolian, Turkic, and Turko-Islamic elements freely coexist. At the time the YSZY was written, the Mongol elite had left the steppe behind for more than 100 years. New political and social alliances had been made. This chapter also examines YSZY foods in their broader social context, with particular reference to the social, political and cultural message which the foods and medical lore of the text are intended to convey. Turkic influence is plain not only in terminology, several "Mongolian" words are given in a Turkic form, and in many specifically Turkic YSZY foods, principally bread foods.

Keywords: Yinshan zhengyao (YSZY); bread foods; Mongolian elements; text; Turkic element; Turko-Islamic elements



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