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We are simple people only wishing to expand our herds and the pasturelands.

 

However, there were spies who were sent to determine if we were the strong people of Mongolia that the travelers have said we were.

 

These spies were first – – – Salam – – – sent by the caliph, Mohammed Amin Billah, with fifty men and camels to discern who we really were.

 

They incorrectly determined that we were the descendants of the Gog and the Magog – – – the former being only three feet tall and the Magog being the same size as Salam (which is confusing without farther elaboration from Jacob Abbott). However, all the spies were locked up in prison; a mountain with bars and keys of proportional size

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(large or small – – – depending on how you interpreted the story of Salam, Gog and Magog and how – – – in the hands of Early Christian writers – – – they became apocalyptic hordes, and throughout the Medieval period variously identified as the Huns, Scythians, or Mongols).

 

I am sure all of the above is confusing to you – – – as it is to me; except for the part about Caliph Mohammed Amin Billah sending Salam with fifty men to spy on us.

 

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Tomorrow’s Post;  #6       Jacob Abbott goes off the rails;    AGAIN!

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