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Sunday, January 24, 2016
Published on Nov 14, 2015
Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan
is a 2007 Russian semi-historical film about the early life of Temüjin, who later came to be known as Genghis Khan. It is directed by Sergei Bodrov, with the storyline conceived from a screenplay written by Bodrov and Arif Aliev. The film was produced by Bodrov, Sergei Selyanov and Anton Melnik and stars Tadanobu Asano, Sun Honglei and Chuluuny Khulan in principal roles. Mongol explores abduction, kinship and the repercussions of war. The film was a co-production between companies in Russia, Germany and Kazakhstan. Filming took place mainly in the People's Republic of China, principally in Inner Mongolia (the Mongol autonomous region), and in Kazakhstan.
Saturday, January 9, 2016
Published on Jun 9, 2014
The EPIC OF GILGAMESH is the earliest great work of literature that we know of, and was first written down by the Sumerians around 2100 B.C.
Ancient Sumer was the land that lay between the two rivers, the Tigris and Euphrates, in Mesopotamia. The language that the Sumerians spoke was unrelated to the Semitic languages of their neighbors the Akkadians and Babylonians, and it was written in a syllabary (a kind of alphabet) called "cuneiform". By 2000 B.C., the language of Sumer had almost completely died out and was used only by scholars (like Latin is today). No one knows how it was pronounced because it has not been heard in 4000 years.
What you hear in this video are a few of the opening lines of part of the epic poem, accompanied only by a long-neck, three-string, Sumerian lute known as a "gish-gu-di". The instrument is tuned to G - G - D, and although it is similar to other long neck lutes still in use today (the tar, the setar, the saz, etc.) the modern instruments are low tension and strung with fine steel wire. The ancient long neck lutes (such as the Egyptian "nefer") were strung with gut and behaved slightly differently. The short-neck lute known as the "oud" is strung with gut/nylon, and its sound has much in common with the ancient long-neck lute although the oud is not a fretted instrument and its strings are much shorter (about 25 inches or 63 cm) as compared to 32 inches (82 cm) on a long-neck instrument.
For anyone interested in these lutes, I highly recommend THE ARCHAEOMUSICOLOGY OF THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST by Professor Richard Dumbrill.
The location for this performance is the courtyard of Nebuchadnezzar's palace in Babylon. The piece is four minutes long and is intended only as a taste of what the music of ancient Sumer might have sounded like.
Learn Korean in 15 Minutes: http://9gag.com/gag/3968335
There are some differences between what I say in the video and what this comic teaches, mostly because of the changes that have taken place in the krorean language. I mostly discuss how Hangul related to Korean when it was first invented, while the comic only talks about modern Korean.
Friday, January 8, 2016
Published on Sep 15, 2014
Celebrity Defector - Yeon-Mi Park: The North Korean defector who's become a TV Star in South Korea
Published on May 2, 2014
We are currently working on a documentary to tell the story of Song Byeok, a former propaganda artist from North Korea and prison camp survivor, who escaped to express his artwork free from tyranny. Please click http://tllg.net/WDB6bpJ5q for more information and to donate. All donations are tax deductible.
Uploaded on Nov 1, 2007
Disillusioned Defectors-South Korea: Sep 1997- Many of the North Koreans fleeing into the South are struggling to adapt into modern society.