mongolian people


THE WORD AYAHUASCA: comes from the Quecha language and means “soul plant”, “death plant” or “vision plant” known by many different names from the 72 cultures that ingest Ayahuasca in Peru, Columbia and Ecuador. This legendary hallucinogen is used by Shamans to cure illnesses and to communicate with the Spirits. Various Shamans of the Rain Forest simply refer to Ayahuasca as the “cure-all”. To the indigenous people, it is known as a sacred medicine that can cure all illnesses. Without a doubt, it is the most celebrated hallucinogen of the Amazon.

ACCORDING TO THE INDIGENOUS FOLKLORE: Ayahuasca is the fountain of knowledge, the best way to reveal the mythological origins of life. The anthropologist Gerardo Reichel-Donatoff once wrote that to consume this spiritual drink is to become the center of the cosmos. The origin of our existence where the individual sees tribal divinities, the creation of the universe and of mankind, Adam and Eve, the creation of animals and the establishment of social order.

THE BIG CLEANING: Ayahuasca has never been used casually or for recreational purposes in the traditional societies. The Shaman, which is the person who knows how to bring out a chemical induced state of trance, guides those who wish to embark on the “search for vision”. The Shaman is without a doubt, the master of ceremonies, the key figure in drinking Ayahuasca. After sunset, the bitter drink is passed in a circle from person to person, and the Shaman begins to sing or chant about the visions that they will see. When they hear the song, the participants feel a certain tingling on the lips and a burning in their stomach. A nauseating energy ill overwhelm them, and many will begin to get sick with vomiting and diarrhea (but not necessarily everyone). This is a strong and unstoppable movement of the colon that penetrates all organs passing through the intestines like a liquid laxative of the soul, cleaning the entire body of all parasites, emotional blocks, and ancient feelings of resentment. This is why the natives of the Amazon refer to the “purge” when they speak of this drink. “One cannot help but be impressed by the notable improvement in their health attributed to the purging caused by the plant”, wrote the psychologist Ralph Metzner, editor of “Ayahuasca”. Metzner wrote an anecdotal report of the complete disappearance of certain types of cancer after one or two sessions using Ayahuasca. The rejuvenating impact of the “purge” helps to explain the exceptional health of those who use Ayahuasca, including even the oldest people.

TRAVEL IN TIME AND SPACE: After the inevitable purge, the senses sharpen and the initiate experiences are “magnetic liberation of the whole world”. After that spectacular visions are coming like a turbulent pandemonium of images that change faster than you can think. While one is under the influence of Ayahuasca, people frequently have the sensation of being separated from their bodies and catapulted into a strange area of excursion. During this trip outside of reality, marvelous sights appear and enchanting landscapes that unexpectedly give way to unsettling encounters with wild jaguars, enormous iridescent snakes, and other predator beats that will try to attack the person. William Burroughs described a sensation of flying long distances when he drank Ayahuasca during a South American expedition in 1953. “The spiritual drink is a trip in time and space”, he wrote in a letter to Allen Ginsberg. The blood and substance of various races: black, Polynesian, Mongolian people of the mountains, desert nomads, Indians, new races that have never been experienced before will pass through your body, incredible trips through the mountains, deserts, and jungles… A place where the past is forgotten and the emerging future combines in a vibration without sound.“ It is unknown, why the visions provoked by the Ayahuasca include animals from the jungles of the Amazon. Especially when people from other continents ingest the sour tonic. Long anecdotal stories about rivers and electric radiations that illuminate the night sky are classic elements of the experience with this liquid. An indigenous said: "Always when I drink Ayahuasca I have such wonderful visions that I have to cover my eyes with my hands, because I am afraid someone would steal them.

the asian-american community

racism is such a prominent issue. it’s everywhere. do you think it’s only the u.s. that has an issue with racism? no. i’m telling you, it’s everywhere. 


yes, black lives do matter. but can we bring up the asian-american community in the u.s.? because we get bashed for our weak, introverted, smart-ass stereotype and yet, we don’t say much about it. well, that’s not the case for everyone, but for a majority.

one thing i absolutely dislike about white people in usa is their ignorance. i’m not against all of you nor am i pointing at all you who fit under this category and respect cultures, but most who are indeed racist are (middle-aged/old &) very ignorant. do you think that the only asian culture out there is chinese? if you watch the news every day, wouldn’t you know the asian countries that are presented on the screen? seriously, watch your fucking mouth. 

i bet if some distinctly skin-toned person arrives in your super white-washed state, you’ll start giving them looks. okay, you can glance one time, but staring?? no, that is very disrespectful and very much unsettling to the other party. 

so in order to educate these ignorant folks, here’s a list of stereotypes that do not associate with every single one of us and that i have cleared up:

  • we don’t have a language called ching-chong
  • you only hear ching-chong? listen closely, you nut brains
  • “asians are good at math.” i’m telling you that not all of us is good at math. don’t go to some random asian classmate for your personal math help.
  • we are not all nerdy. study, study, study? that’s not the case for everyone. it’s what you would find in a typical, traditional asian family.
  • oh, so we don’t have social lives if we study all the time? we do. fuck off.
  • we all don’t listen to kpop. is that the only genre meant for us? no!
  • “asian women are portrayed as weak, especially in social media.” puh-lease. we are not all like that.
  • “if chinese is not the only asian culture, there’s also korean & japanese culture!!” honey, consider the brown asians too, especially from southeast asia and mideastern asia. also mongolians, and vietnamese people are other types of yellow asians. there’s filipinos, who are on islands far away, as well.
  • “i like asian women/men.” oh now, you’re being biased? who knows if you’ll get laid with them when you’re goddamn obsessed with their culture. they’ll see you as weird and disrespectful.
  • “all asians are so skinny.” no, they all aren’t. you want proof? google it. now, shut up.
  • “all asians have small eyes.” another hell no, there are a lot with big eyes.
  • “well, doesn’t that mean they had plastic surgery?” NO, THAT DOES NOT APPLY TO ALL OF US EITHER.
  • “omg i want to be asian, look at this kpop/anime!!!” not a stereotype, but this applies to a majority of younger white people who find japanese and korean cultures appealing. STOP IT. JUST ACCEPT YOUR RACE. DON’T TRY TO BE ANOTHER ETHNICITY BECAUSE YOU LIKE THEIR CULTURE. ITS RUDE.

what you can do:

  • if you want to know a person’s ethnicity, ask politely where are they from or what ethnicity they are, instead of “what sort of asian are you?” or “are you chinese?”
  • [note on “are you chinese?”— the MOST annoying question anyone can get. especially if you are a yellow asian who is not chinese. don’t assume ethnicities.]
  • simple respect is enough!!! if you start pointing stereotypes at asians, they lose their respect for you. just don’t.
  • treat us like normal human beings, thanks.

— sincerely, an asian american

anonymous asked:

Hi! If I may intervene again in defense of GRRM, about the dothraki reblog: calling him racist is kinda ridiculous. EVERY Asoiaf popoluation is violent. Apart from the fact that not all the dothcharas are awful (Dany's followers are quite decent, and Drogo had his moments) and that the mongols WERE pretty ruthless (as ALL invaders), following this logic M is racist with white people: the westeros families are mostly greedy, powerhungry and intolerant. It's only a critic against human history.

Well, actually. 

This is something I could write an essay about - and other people have written essays about, but I figured that I could give you a short response.

There are a few important differences here, but the major one is in the fact that while the people of Westeros do bad shit, that’s not all they do - whereas for the Dothraki, the entirety of their culture is built around conquest, pillage, and rape. We do not see agriculture or art that comes from the Dothraki. Their culture is nothing but violence.

There is also the way that the respective cultures approach rape and violence - in Westeros things like incest, murder, and rape happen, but they’re not condoned, whereas for the Dothraki it’s public and celebrated, a central aspect of their culture rather than a deviance that happens (at least supposedly) behind closed doors. 

To put it very briefly: there is a difference between “this people is violent” and “this people is barbaric.” 

There are also distinctly different implications to presenting an Asian/Mongolian inspired group of people as violent and hypersexualized and showing white characters as violent and hypersexualized, within the context of racial stereotypes as they stand in our world.

Quoting from a book called Race and Popular Fantasy Literature: Habits of Whiteness: 

“One of the defenses against charges of racism levelled at Gritty Fantasy works is that they tend to show all cultures as savage and brutal. Good and evil is not demarcated as Western and Eastern because, the argument goes, such works refuse to construct moral binaries. If a work like Martin’s does not allow simple goodness to any character and demonstrates the failings of all societies, it nonetheless taps into Western literature’s long history of Orientalism. The Dothraki, for example, are slavers who engage, in the novels and the TV series, in public acts of sex and violence at weddings; this construct invokes orientalist imaginings of Otherness as sexually depraved. The medievalist, White Self may not be perfect, but the Eastern Other is invariably marked as comparatively worse because of particular cultural practices which are repellent according to contemporary mores.”

Also, it is worth noting that the “barbarism” of the Mongols has been, at least in some respects, exaggerated over time, and that their culture was a lot more complex than “marauding barbarians” - an image that we have in the first place because of the European narrative about the Mongol horde - the same narrative that Martin is drawing from for the Dothraki. (This is a good essay comparing the Mongols and the Dothraki.)

Whether or not George R.R. Martin is racist - and the post in question did not put it in those words, I don’t know Martin’s personal views and honestly don’t care - the depiction of the Dothraki in the books (and even more in the TV show) is racist.

quick opinion for Legend of Zelda fic worldbuilding:

I’m taking a lot of smaller elements from Breath of the Wild for this parallel world. I want Link to have cultural ties to the people who run the horse stables from BotW (mongolian/people of the steppes-inspired culture for friends who don’t play the game), but I need something to call them. Is Horse Tribes appropriate, or do you guys have other suggestions? Horse nomads/people? Maybe form something from Malanya, the name of the god of horses? Or Epona? I can’t name them based on location because they travel all over Hyrule. The idea is that Link spent some seasons with his grandparents as a child (his parents being first generation homesteaders/ranchers), and they taught him riding and hunting and formed a lot of his concepts of family. And when he becomes a father, he’ll integrate a lot of that into his parenting.