LCA extra 03 - Professor Allen describes the behavior...

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LCA 265 Extra Credit The Mongol Empire and Alcohol Professor Thomas Allen began his lecture by saying that the role of drinking is easily  overstated and this is something we have to be cautious about. The Mongol Empire was active  during 13th and 14 th  century and Professor Allen mentioned the rice wine, fruit wine, and kumas  were the popular drinks that the people enjoyed drinking. These alcoholic beverages had 2.5%  – 10% alcohol level. The drinking fountains were built in forms of the trees to show the  abundance and originality. This was a symbolism of drinking by showing the people that the  drinking fountains are trees of life. This extensive fountain tree program was very active in Yuan  Dynasty. The different drinks also had political messages such as rice wine representing China  and so on. 
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Unformatted text preview: Professor Allen describes the behavior changes of Mongol descendants due to alcohol influences. He suggests few evidences that he has been studying. They were the dialects and the evidence of rice wine transportation to the East Asia. The Mongolians had various kinds of drinking session for multiple purposes. At the end of the lecture, Professor Allen said that Genghis drank kumas and his descendants drank wines. The generation after that drank distilled alcohol beverages. So as time passed the level of alcohol increased and they had tremendous effect on the society. The lecture was very interesting since I never learned history about alcohol and alcoholic beverages. I thought Professor Thomas Allen did a great job supporting his argument and tying them up with different evidences....
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This note was uploaded on 05/03/2008 for the course LCA 265 taught by Professor Schamiloglu during the Spring '08 term at University of Wisconsin.

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