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Re: Was Kimono question/Ainu Clothing.

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  • Leonora Radovcic
    Ooooh! (Lightbulb on) Thanks for the contrast with the American Indians. Wow. You don t learn THIS in school. =D YIS Bramimira East Kingdom ... truth, ...
    Message 1 of 23 , Oct 31, 2008
      Ooooh! (Lightbulb on) Thanks for the contrast with the American
      Indians. Wow. You don't learn THIS in school. =D

      YIS
      Bramimira
      East Kingdom

      --- In sca-jml@yahoogroups.com, Solveig Throndardottir <nostrand@...>
      wrote:
      >
      > Noble Cousin!
      >
      > Greetings from Solveig!
      >
      > > Were the Ainu Japanese, or another culture? To tell you the
      truth,
      > > this is the first time I even heard of them. Sorry. Thank you
      for
      > > your help.
      >
      > 1. The Ainu are still around.
      > 2. They are an ethnic minority in Japan.
      > 3. They are Japanese citizens.
      > 4. There are very few "pure-blooded" Ainu left.
      > 5. There is interest in reviving the Ainu language.
      > 6. Ainu religious practices were banned by the government for a
      while.
      >
      > Sound familiar? Think American Indians. Actually, the Ainu may be
      at
      > least in part related to the trans-polar Inuit community. However,
      > the Ainu are known for being "harry" and in particular the men can
      > grow rather full beards. Their language is quite distinct from
      > Japanese. The existence of the Ainu is somewhat impolitic in
      modern
      > Japan as the government has at times promoted the "mono-genetic,
      mono-
      > lingual, &c. &c." myth particularly since the loss of Korea and
      other
      > possessions.
      >
      > Your Humble Servant
      > Solveig Throndardottir
      > Amateur Scholar
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
      >
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