July 2018 – Mongolian


Baγačudün jaidalaa. Arγamaγün dabkiγa. Olan tümenü daγulalčaa.
Ečige ekeyin sorlayin. Mončuγün ber jaidangün {par par} činggiyin
Adali qarčaγaiyin burgibar, barilduγači jasaγulün daγun qalidiyer.
Adali qarčaγačiyin dokiyalayin, jasaγuli barilduγači čolatai silügleyin.
Kümüsün ; al, köken joduγači ömüdüyi eteng γutuli emusün
Anu-yi dörbeken qarbuyi. {šob}! Bulu modun embüreyi.
Surčin yabaγan bulčiγanayin. Anu adaγu jinggineyin.
Köseriyer alqu-iyen! Aγuriyer simedkeiyen! Sergügelgeiyen!
Tuγün isün čaγan kilγasun quruljayin.
Boltuγai köke Tngriyi naγadumči nidüleyi eče!

The children ride. The horses run. The people sing.
(as) Parents (of riders) decorate the manes, the bareback horses with their red neck tassels do{snort contentedly}
As Falcons rise through the clouds, so too the wrestlers soar on the Zasuuls’ voice.
Like a falconer signals (to a falcon), Zasuuls sing songs of the wrestlers triumph/rank.
Men wear Zodag, Shuudag and Gutal of red and blue.
They draw and 4 arrows fly, {Thwack!} The wood cylinders (targets) tumble down.
The Archers move here and there on foot. They ride swiftly on horse.
Walk with the earth! Absorb the atmosphere! Awaken your senses!
The nine white horsehair banners (of Genghis Khan) flutter in the wind.
May the Eternal Tengri watch carefully over the athletes of the Nadaam!

Text note: Keep in mind that Mongolian is read top to bottom, left to right. When written sideways for English reading of poetry, in this case, you must read the bottom sentence first and upwards from there to read the poem in the way intended by the author, the way it is written in the illumination.

Calligraphy and Illumination by Baghatur Borujin Acilaldai

Persona: A Hungarian Pechneg of the late 12th early 13th century. I am interested in Steppes cultures and I am descended of Turkic and Hungarian German peoples. Also, it offered me the opportunity to “exist” at a time that historically held the opportunity to do many of things in which I am interested.

Why did you choose this culture? I have always found the Uighir script(Classical Mongolian) to be a beautiful written language and as a hobby I have been learning how to write in the script properly for a while now. Making scrolls and things with a functional language is an opportunity to share that with others.

What is the inspiration for your piece and why did it appeal to you? Pre-classical Mongolian (Uighur script)- and- the border of the only known surviving sample of early Mongolian flat woven carpet. It was recently sold at auction on Christies of London on the 21rst of April, 2016. The title as of last sale was: “AN IMPORTANT MONGOL EMPIRE WOOL FLATWOVEN CARPET: Central Asia or China, late 13th or first half 14th century.”

Not many Early Mongolian woven textiles still survive. The moment I found out about it, I knew I would want to do create a scroll or Illumination from it.

Materials used: Bristol Vellum, Gouache, ink and synthetic brush

Other notes of interest about your piece: It is written in Classical Mongolian, Uighur script. The text is original and I learned how to do this by studying the language, grammar and conjugation from various sources. Most prominently http://www.linguamongolia.com/index.html

What is your favorite medium to work in? Well…my favorite thing to do is word smithing. As for medium, I try to research and create complete, original works that specifically pertain to the person receiving. I have no favorite, though I am most often called upon to do early Russian, Mongolian and Turkic persona scrolls.

What is a C&I technique that is challenging to you, or not your favorite? Ah…the most challenging is simple ink and quill imitating woodcut imagery. All you have is you, the ink and the paper. Every time you touch pen to paper you must exercise exceptional caution, because to correct misplaced ink, one must start over again.

What is a piece of advice you would give a new scribe?
1. Don’t be afraid to collaborate with others to get scrolls done. Do the part that bring you joy and share the other parts with those who like to do those.
2. If you don’t have time to do a scroll that is requested of you, say so right away, so that it may be assigned elsewhere and given on time to the recipient.