Connecting the beautiful culture of Turkic people to Mori Kaoru's Otoyomegatari.
Introducing a new type of post! Sometimes, like with Talas’ bridal garb, I am able to find an exact match. Sometimes, not so much! In this case, for Anis, we only have one chapter of information to go on, so theories may be contradicted or confirmed as the story progresses. Anyhow, here goes.
Hypothesis 1 - Anis is a Persian living in Persia
1 - Persia is on the way
We know that Mr Smith is travelling from the coast of the Aral Sea to Ankara, Turkey. Persia during the Qajar dynasty included territory south and southwest of the Aral Sea, and Mr Smith would have to travel through it to get to Ankara.
2 - Persian garb
Though her clothes are not an exact match for the previously posted image, it is possible that Ms Kaoru Mori took artistic liberties, making it more form-fitting to emphasize Anis’ waifishness.
3 - Persian cat
Ms Kaoru Mori made a point of including a scene with a Persian cat, somehow I doubt that’s accidental.
4 - Persian garden
Additionally, Rumi and Hafez are two famous Persian poets. Quoting Hafez particularly used to be common in Persia, and may be the source of the poem Anis’ husband says at the end. I did a quick search but didn’t find anything yet. I imagine a poem that started in Persian, was translated to Japanese and then back into English might be a little difficult to identify.
Hypothesis 2 - A pattern of brides
It seems Ms Kaoru Mori is developing a pattern of bride stories. First, we have Amira, who has a fairly happy marriage, if not a unique one.
Then we meet Talas, who came from an incredibly wealthy family (her sa’wkele headdress would have cost a fortune), but misfortune seems to be her constant companion. We never know the names or faces of her husbands. As a woman of wealth, she would have married into an equally wealthy family, but sheep that represented that wealth are gone. She is lonely, and unhappy.
After that, we meet Layla and Leyli, who again are distinct, but are set up for a happy marriage. I’ve just read about marriage customs in northern India, and bride prices could be negotiated to be lower if there were sisters marrying brothers. Money is indicated to be somewhat of an issue, so we know that the twins and their husbands are not especially wealthy.
Then we have Anis, who lives in a huge mansion (apparently without many servants?), she is supposed to have the perfect life for a woman of that time and country. She is the only wife, she has born her nameless, faceless husband a son, she lives in luxury and idleness, and yet she is clearly very lonely and unhappy.
Both Talas and Anis live in isolation. Talas had the empty steppes to emphasize her isolation, and Anis has the vast and stark hallways of her home to emphasize hers. In truth, Every inch of the house should be covered in decoration. But that would be difficult to depict in black and white, and contradict the message of loneliness.
After Anis, there will probably be a story about Pariya’s wedding. We’ve been introduced to her possible fiancé, so we already know he won’t be nameless and faceless.
Just very interesting to me. A subtle message that wealth does not guarantee happiness, but rather a “bride’s heart” for her groom.@1 month ago with 20 notes
Pixiv contributor Milk (牛乳) has drawn Animal Crossing: New Leaf clothes for Amira, Talas and Layla/Leyli!
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She has does a marvelous job, so it would be nice if you left a note on Pixiv or on her twitter if you do use one of her designs!
New girl! New place! haven’t even read it yet, so excite.@1 month ago with 7 notes
cassie-oliveira18 asked: Hi,My name is Cassandra and I am a portuguese student, majoring in Asian Studies. I would like to know where I can get an MA related with Central Asia. I also LOVE Central Asia, I love everything about it, but I dont know where to start.
For you and anyone else interested in Central Asia for grad school, my first two recommendations are Indiana University (where I went) and University of Washington. Indiana is, imo, the premier destination for all things Central Asia, especially the Uzbek language, but it’s relatively history focused. The nice thing about IU is that they focus purely on Central Asia as opposed to grouping it in with Russian studies. UW is another great program with more focus on modern/political science type aspects of Central Asia, but I have heard there are some issues in department leadership that have taken a negative toll on the program as a whole. IU is much, much cheaper, both in terms of tuition and cost of living and Bloomington is basically the perfect college town.
There are some other options. There are nascent/growing programs with Central Asia classes in a lot universities in different parts of the country, including UT-Austin, University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin, Harvard, NYU, and George Washington, and plenty of others. The best thing you can do is, when looking at various schools, check out departments that may be related to Central Asia (this is usually Russian/Eastern European Studies or Middle/Near Eastern Studies) and see what classes they regularly offer related to the region.
One fantastic development for undergrads is that IU will soon be offering an undergrad degree in Central Eurasian Studies, as well.
Anyway, if there is anyone who’d like to add to this or correct it or suggest some opportunities available in Europe, that might be helpful.
I agree with chingizhobbes on their recommendation of IU and UW (although I believe IU to be the stronger of the two). After spending a year in an MA at Harvard and trying to find my Central Asian group… I’d like to offer some insight on it.
If you’re interested in Northern Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan mostly) then Harvard will work out well. There is a Central Asia working group within the Davis Central (Russian and Eurasian studies) and they people there are good and they do good work. If you’re interested in more of Inner Asia and the Altai (Mongolia, Xinjiang, Tibet, etc) then Harvard is also pretty good. We have a program on Inner Asia and Altaic Studies. Most of the people are historians (and not linguists like me) but it’s still good.
However, if you’re interested in more of Southern Central Asia (Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan) then Harvard doesn’t really have you there… There are a few individuals (mostly students) who are forging their own ways in these fields, but there isn’t a great representation for it.
As far as languages (and even regular coursework) are concerned, we consistently offer Persian, Uzbek, Turkish, and Russian. The students that I have met who have learned Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Uyghur, etc… they’ve all learned it on there own.
For old and ancient Central Asian languages, there is an professor emeritus who sometimes teaches private lessons in Chagatai, and a professor may be offering Sogdian next year. However, other languages come and go with various professors and students. There was an ancient Iranian linguist who knew Khotanese Saka and Bactrian, but he is retiring and I don’t know of anyone else who offers these languages. There is a professor in the linguistics department who does Tocharian, but I believe she is on leave right now.
In general, Harvard isn’t a bad place but there is definitely better. There are also some programs in Europe (mostly France and Germany, maybe Leiden). A few French schools like INALCO, Paris III, and others in their consortium (CNRS, INALCO, EPHE, Sorbonne Nouvelle) have a lot on general “Oriental” studies with foci in Turkish Central Asian and Indo-Iranian studies where you can do a lot with Central Asia.
Anyways, I hope this addition can help somehow in the search. Good luck!
I’ve been looking into IU, it looks to have a very good program.@1 month ago with 21 notes