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Odorico from Pordenone and his encounter with China

Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan on Feb 7 2014 Blessed Odorico from Pordenone was a Franciscan Friar, who made a journey from Venice to Peking in the first half of the fourteenth …More
Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan on Feb 7 2014 Blessed Odorico from Pordenone was a Franciscan Friar, who made a journey from Venice to Peking in the first half of the fourteenth century, at the time of the so-called "Mongolian peace". Once back in Italy, he dictated to another friar the report of his travel, which is conventionally entitled "Relatio" In his work, Odorico gives an account of what he witnessed during his travels: towns, animals, plants and "monsters", with a particular focus on the local legends and the strange habits of the people he met. 16 chapters over 38 are dedicated to the description of China.
Annalia Marchisio presents the content of the work to show what attracted the attention of a Friar who was among the first Westerner to reach and describe China. His astonished or rejecting reactions show us his different attitudes towards the Chinese culture and society. She also inquires how he strove to describe to his readers something that had been …More