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The oldest parchment of the Hungarian Jewish Archives. The illustration is micrography: Adam, Eve and the snake from tiny Hebrew letters. The parchment originally belonged to a Hebrew manuscript, later became book-binding for a Latin codex. 13th Century.

A Chinese scholar and government official named Wang Yirong is credited with realizing that some of these bones were inscribed with ancient writing and thus had historical significance. Today, they are called “oracle bones” and they constitute the best window available into the history, language and culture of ancient China. Because they involve specific dates, they are also an indispensible means of exploring the ancient Chinese calendar and its astronomical underpinnings

Samoa Bundt Cake

Tis the season! Samoa Bundt Cake is back. Quite possibly the greatest dessert recipe in the history of the universe. Chocolate and Brown sugar swirl cake topped with caramel frosting, toasted coconut and chocolate ganache. Not healthy, but totally worth every bite!

1032. Tangut Buddhist scrolls. The religion of the Tangut state was Buddhism. The entire Chinese Buddhist canon was translated into Tangut language over a span of 50 years and published, a remarkable feat. The Buddhism in Xixia is generally believed to be an amalgamation of Tibetan and Chinese traditions. Tangut Buddhism was similar to Buddhist beliefs in the Khitan kingdom of Liao: texts previously believed to be of native Tangut origin, turned out to be translations of Khitan source texts.