The ban to step on the threshold in Latin sources relative to the Mongol Empire (13th and 14th centuries)

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Abstract

From the study of the reports written by some Franciscan and Dominican travelers on a diplomatic mission in Mongolian territory, this article attempts to provide a detailed analysis of the multiple references related to the prohibition of stepping on the threshold of a Mongolian yurt and the consequences of breaching this rule. The study of the meaning of the prohibition is made from the lexicon used by the sources and is analysed in relation to the indications offered by Mongolian law (Yasa) and similar traditions observed by other cultures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-290
JournalEvphrosyne
Volume41
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 11 Dec 2013

Keywords

  • Latin sources
  • Mongolia
  • XIII-XIV centuries

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