Interpret these images, Please

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Posted by Larry Joseph on December 23, 1998 at 15:33:28:

In Reply to: mid 18th cent. yomud border posted by James Allen on December 23, 1998 at 08:44:55:


Try as I might, I am unable to see:

"the gulls four major repeats, two red and two white, represents a single sailed swoop, the traditional Turkoman boat. The sail is represented as being turned at a angel to the plane of the weaving. The sail is interdigitated with a representation of the great spirit bird, eagle. The clear visual implication is that this great spirit inflates the sails of the Turkoman boats. The red boats I imagine represent living or real boats while the white ones are spirit boats. The Turkoman was not unfamiliar with various forms of sending off the dead; on a sledge, in a boat, or tied to a tree. These various types of death rituals are well known to the shamans of Asia, indeed the whole world. The horozontal axis, horizon, is watched over by a pair of sitting birds. the vertical axis, the mental axis towards the heavens, is capped by what I believe is the representation of a mushroom which also has bird like properties.All Asian shamanic practices involved mushroom usage."

Please do not ignore this posting and explain where these things you are talking about exist in these images.

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