Follow Santa as he makes his magical journey!
It’s that time of year again!
“Newport’s Famous Ten Mile Drive along the Ocean Front”
Vintage map of Newport, Rhode Island
An Islamic world map. This is part of an anonymous treatise, entitled The Book of Curiosities, and is unlike any other recorded ancient or medieval map. At the top there is a carefully executed graphic scale, over which the Mountain of the Moon, thought to be the source of the River Nile, has been painted. The land-mass to the lower right is Europe, including a very large Iberian peninsula to its right. At the left-hand margin of the map, a brown land-mass has an inscription outlined in red reading ‘Island of the Jewel, and its mountains encircle it like a basket’. This island, usually interpreted as Indonesia or Formosa, was considered to be the easternmost limit of the inhabitable world. The map also depicts, in the lower left corner, the legendary barrier built by Alexander the Great to keep out Gog and Magog, the mythical enemies of civilization who dwelt in the far north-east of the inhabitable world.
Try to look beyond your own horizon from time to time. There are so many more people with different cultures in this whole planet. You are not the only one, and definitely not the superficial one.
Circle of Fire
Renga Ramble Map
Anne-Marie Culhane & Paul Conneally