The Invention of the Land of Israel: From Holy Land to by Shlomo Sand

By Shlomo Sand

What's a place of origin and while does it develop into a countrywide territory? Why have such a lot of humans been keen to die for such areas through the 20th century? what's the essence of the Promised Land? Following the acclaimed and debatable The Invention of the Jewish People, Shlomo Sand examines the mysterious sacred land that has turn into the location of the longest-running nationwide fight of the 20 th and twenty-first centuries.

The Invention of the Land of Israel deconstructs the age-old legends surrounding the Holy Land and the prejudices that proceed to suffocate it. Sand’s account dissects the idea that of “historical right” and tracks the production of the trendy notion of the “Land of Israel” via nineteenth-century Evangelical Protestants and Jewish Zionists. This invention, he argues, not just facilitated the colonization of the center East and the institution of the nation of Israel; it's also threatening the lifestyles of the Jewish country this day.

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A tomb of this period invariably has, in front of its gate, a bull-like animal with upright horns and warriors in armor suits supposedly to ward off invasion by evil spirits. Inside the tomb there are ox carts and horses meant for use by the tomb owner in the nether world, along with male and female attendants, as well as kitchen utensils, water wells, grinding mills and domestic animals and poultry. Wars were fought one after another between warlords during the period of the Southern-Northern Dynasties (420-589).

The different parts of a figure – the trunk, legs, arms, feet and hands – were produced separately and then assembled. The feet were installed on the base, then the legs on the feet, then the trunk on the feet, then the arms on the trunk, and the last step was to place the head on the neck. Faces of the terracotta figures are typically of the Chinese living in north China – somewhat flat with narrow, long eyes and eyebrows, as well as prominent cheekbones. The eyebrows, eyes, noses, hair buns and moustaches were done manually, as were the finishing touches to the armor suits and clothes.

Two of the horses have on their manes a three-flower pattern popular at the time, and the manes of the other two each bear a single pattern. Another master piece unearthed from the same tomb is a camel carrying four musicians and a dancer on its back, the dancer, in green costumes, obviously belonging to an ethnic minority group of China’s. Funerary figurines of the following dynasties Funerary practices popular during the Tang Dynasty continued into the period from 907 to 960, when separatist regimes, known as the “five dynasties and ten kingdoms”, were set up in different parts of China.

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