Browsing Month December, 2002

The Stone of Heaven: Unearthing the Secret History of Imperial Green Jade by Adrian Levy and

“Outsiders were shunned by the Kachin, who drew their strength from the jungle that they believed was inhabited by nats. These omniscient ‘messengers of the soil’ hid among the thickets, watched from the skies, possessed wild animals and entered the tribesemen’s homes. They were said to be the spirits of those who had died violently more…

“Knocking Down Screws. This was a game played especially in London and its environs in the the first half of the twentieth century. In 1957 a boy from High Laver, near Ongar in Essex, provided the only post-1950 description. A screw was stood on its head, the missile preferred being a cherry-stone—a marble or pebble more…