Asian studies in Lithuania
Authors: Rudzinskaitė-Arcimavičienė, Marija
Published in: Kaunas
Published on: 1936
Publisher: Versmė

„The Land of Gods and Perfume“ is a book which tells the story of Ethiopian culture, strongly affected by the Ancient Egyptian. Ethiopia is described as a mosaic of nations, a place where Egyptian influence is still felt to this day. Egyptian documents usually describe it as a perfume land. The book tells the story of the first Egyptian paharaoh woman Hatshepsut, who was commanded by god Ammon to send ships delegation to Ethiopia, formerly called Puntu. After reaching the Puntu she saw a rich country with good and civilized people, and a very similar appearance and clothing to the most Egyptians.

Although sketchy, Rudzinskaitė-Arcimavičienė’s booklet „The Land of Gods and Perfume“  was a relevant publication at the time, partly due to Italy’s policy toward Ethiopia, which the author experienced clearly at the International Congress of Orientalists in Rome in 1935.

Initiators of the project: Japan foundation VDU
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