Episode 31: Adventuring in the Past - Persia and India

July 4th, 2010

We explore Persia and India from the 5th to the 11th century.  Hop a ride with sinbad and catch the belt of Vishnu.

This one is a little fact heavy but we have provided plenty of links to everything disscussed so you can listen without taking notes. You can look everything up from the notes page later on.


01:50 – Trade in Persia

Caliphate, Sunni, Shi'ah, Caliph

03:30 – Missions

04:20 – Historically accurate – the “real” ugly dirty past vs. “movie style” pristine romantic past.

Sinbad, Richard Burton, 1001 Nights,  Black Plague, Islamic Golden Age

08:50 – Beware the religion bomb. See Episode 7 for more info.

10:31 – Battles and Wars

Ottoman Empire, Bagdad

11:15 – Mellors in ancient Persia

12:00 – The effect of the crusades.

Saladin, Crusaders



16:00 – Dynasties of ancient India.

India, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam

17:45 – The role of the caste systems.

Caste System

22:00 – Cultural influences on India.

Alexander the Great, Khyber Pass

24:00 – Caste conflicts within the party and “on-world”.

27:20 – How are outsiders treated during this time?

29:45 – Adventure idea #1 - Plausible Deniability.

31:30 – Adventure idea #2 – Temple of Doom.

Hashshashin, Thuggees, Temple of Doom

32:15 – Crypto archeology in India.

Erich von Däniken, Crypto Archeology, Hinduism in the Ice Age

33:34 – Ancient Indian treasures.

34:20 – Graphic novels featuring Indian mythology.

Deepak Chopra’s India Authentic, Ramayan 3392 A.D.

35:30 – Religious aspects of Hindu - Buddhism in game play.


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