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ASIA The Indian classical musical tradition has its roots in the Vedas, scriptures of the Hindu tradition thousands of years old that can be classified...

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon

(Photo: Graphicaartis/Corbis) The Hanging Gardens of Babylon has captured the imagination of historians worldwide for centuries. Yet, its existence remains a debate as years of...

Lost & Found – The Oxus treasure

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Reflections: Chess – An Asian Game Well Played

The origins of the ubiquitous game of strategy, chess, lie in an instructional military model used in ancient India to plan battles. This model...
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Daggers Forged in Fire

Text and images by Diego A. Garcia Of the countless weapons bought and sold every day around the world, relatively few can be considered a...
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Rickshaws: Living Fossils

Asia’s classic mode of transport has seen continuous upgrades over the years. Yet the earliest rickshaws – and the downtrodden coolies that pulled them...
Taiwan, Amis, Austronesian

How Formosa Birthed The Southeast Asian Languages

The aboriginal dialect of the tiny island of Taiwan is the ancestor of one-fifth of the world’s languages, researchers say   Few will associate primarily Mandarin-speaking,...

Zheng He: Leader of the Ming Dynasty’s Treasure Voyages

The Ming Dynasty’s treasure voyages consisted of seven maritime expeditions made by Ming China’s treasure fleet between 1405 to 1433. The expedition was commanded...

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