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China: The Yongle Encyclopedia

A few years ago the Yongle Emperor Zhu Di commissioned thousands of scholars to compile the Yongle Encyclopedia: the largest collection of information on planet Earth to this date. It will hold that position into the 20th century. It is written in traditional Chinese characters and it is so large it cannot be printed using the block character method of printing. It must be copied by hand and that means... there is only ONE COPY! It is composed of 917,480 pages in 11,095 bound books. The original will be destroyed sometime before 1500s. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
No complete copy of the encyclopedia survives into the modern day but the Library of Congress has a partial copy of it in Chinese and in PDF format. See the link below. This is not the first compilation of an encyclopedia by the Chinese but it is the largest. The oldest encyclopedia still in existence is the Naturalis Historia (Natural History), a 10 volume work in Latin complied around year 77 to 79 A.D. (or C.E.) by Pliny the Elder. A link to a version in English can be found below as well.[7] [8] [9] [10]

Dracula: The Order of the Dragon

Dragon Court is back! The King of Hungry, King Sigismund, who is also the Holy Roman Emperor, has re-instituted this honorary order. It will be known as the Order of the Dragon and women can join. In fact, the King's wife and daughter will be amongst the Order's first members (probably to protect them). The order is dedicated to the Cross due to the Ottoman Turks recent threat to Hungry. The King has responded by leading the Crusaders against them. [11] [12] [13] [14]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
Vlad the 2nd, the Duke of Wallachia will join the Order in 1431. He will receive the surname of Dracul. His son, Vlad the 3rd, will inherit the surname of Dracula and receive a different name from his enemies, Vlad the Impaler, because he will decorate the forest with the bodies of his enemies impaled on stakes. Vlad the Impaler is also the man whose name will inspire the myth of vampires when Bram Stoker uses "Count Dracula" as the monster in his 1897 novel, "Dracula." [15] [16] [17]

France Passes on the Salt

The salting of infants has been prohibited in France. Salting of infants was a traditional practice along with swaddling (the wrapping of infants in strips of cloth). The salt itself was usually ground into a fine powder and likely mixed with oil and rubbed on the baby's skin. This acted as a natural disinfectant and coupled with oil, apparently did not dry out the skin. It was normal practice since biblical times, but it is not clear why France thought to restrict this practice. Parents in Holland at this time are placing salt in the crib instead of directly salting the infants. [18] [19] [20] [21] [22] [23]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
Salt has been used in religious ritual for centuries. The Egyptians noticed the preservative qualities of salt and would include salt while preparing the mummies to help them along their way to the afterlife. In ancient Jewish ritual, salt was added to a sacrifice in the Temple in Jerusalem and in the modern day, salt is sprinkled on bread used during the ritual welcoming the Sabbath.

This Year in Wikipedia

Year 1408, Wikipedia.

See Also


  1. Yongle Encyclopedia - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  2. Yongle Encyclopedia - World Digital Library, wdl.org, 2014 [last update] (LIBRARY OF CONGRESS)
  3. Biggest and Earliest Encyclopedia, ChinaCulture.org, 2006 [last update] (OFFICIAL CHINESE GOVERNMENT SITE) | quote=917,480 pages -- in 11,095 bound books
  4. Xie, Jin. Yongle Encyclopedia. 1408. (LIBRARY OF CONGRESS) (PDF DOCUMENT)
  5. Woodblock printing - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  6. Yongle Emperor - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  7. Pliny the Elder with Rackham, H. (translator) Natural History (English). London: W. Heinemann. 1938. (BOOK)
  8. Natural History (Pliny) - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  9. Pliny the Elder - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  10. Forbidden City - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  11. Order of the Dragon. OrderoftheDracul.tripod.com, 2014 [last update]
  12. Order of the Dragon, ucs.mun.ca, 2006 [last update]
  13. Order of the Dragon - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  14. Order of Saint George (Kingdom of Hungary) - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  15. Bram Stoker - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  16. Vlad the Impaler - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  17. Count Dracula - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  18. Kurlansky, Mark. Salt: A World History. New York:Penguin Books. 2002. (BOOK) quote="In France, until the practice was abolished in 1408, children were salted until they were baptized. In parts of Europe, especially Holland, the practice was modified to placing salt in the cradle with the child.".
  19. Salting a Newborn - Women from the Book Blog. WomenfromtheBook.com. 2013-Oct-06.
  20. What was reason for midwives to rub baby with salt. Wiki.Answers.com, 2014 [last update]
  21. Salting (initiation ceremony) - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  22. Swaddling - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  23. Jewish Publication Society. Tanakh (Jewish Holy Scriptures). 1917. (SCRIPTURES) quote="Ezekiel 16:4 And as for thy nativity, in the day thou wast born thy navel was not cut, neither wast thou washed in water for cleansing; thou was not salted at all, nor swaddled at all."

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