You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience and security.
  • Shundi (emperor of Yuan dynasty)

    Togon-temür, last emperor (reigned 1333–68) of the Yuan (Mongol) dynasty (1206–1368) in China, under whom the population was provoked into rebellion. Togon-temür became emperor at the age of 13 but proved to be a weak ruler who preferred to spend his time exploring the religious cult of Lamaism and

  • Shunga dynasty (Indian dynasty)

    Shunga dynasty, Indian ruling house founded by Pushyamitra about 185 bce, which replaced the Mauryan dynasty. Pushyamitra assassinated Brihadratha, the last Mauryan ruler, at a military parade and assumed royal power. Pushyamitra was a Brahman, and, though he is said to have persecuted Buddhists,

  • Shunga script

    Shunga script, Brahmi script of North India that is associated with the Shunga dynasty (c. 185–73 bce). It may be connected with the scripts used in the late Mauryan empire as well as with early Kalinga characters. The Shunga script was one of three prototypes of the North Indian subdivision of

  • Shungwaya (ancient settlement, East Africa)

    eastern Africa: Northeastern Bantu: …of a settlement area named Shungwaya situated to the north of the Tana River. Shungwaya appears to have had its heyday as a Bantu settlement area between perhaps the 12th and the 15th centuries, after which it was subjected to a full-scale invasion of Cushitic-speaking Oromo peoples from the Horn…

  • Shunjōbō Chōgen (Japanese monk)

    Japanese architecture: The Kamakura period: …and architecture than the monk Shunjōbō Chōgen (1121–1206), who oversaw the restoration of Tōdai Temple. Nandai-mon, the main entry gate of this revered temple, offers a superb example of the tenjiku-yō (“Indian style,” although it originated in Southern Song China) of architecture introduced during the reconstruction. Extravagantly conceived eaves wing…

  • shunning (social control mechanism)

    Shunning, social control mechanism used most commonly in small tight-knit social groups to punish those who violate the most serious group rules. It is related to exile and banishment, although shunning is based on social rather than physical isolation or separation. In social groups where a

  • Shunrō (Japanese artist)

    Hokusai, Japanese master artist and printmaker of the ukiyo-e (“pictures of the floating world”) school. His early works represent the full spectrum of ukiyo-e art, including single-sheet prints of landscapes and actors, hand paintings, and surimono (“printed things”), such as greetings and

  • Shunshoku umegoyomi (work by Tamenaga)

    Japanese literature: Late Tokugawa period (c. 1770–1867): Shunshoku umegoyomi (1832–33; “Spring Colours: The Plum Calendar”), by Tamenaga Shunsui, is the story of Tanjirō, a peerlessly handsome but ineffectual young man for whose affections various women fight. The author at one point defended himself against charges of immorality: “Even though the women I…

  • Shunshui (Chinese patriot)

    Zhu Shunshui, Chinese scholar and patriot who fled China after the destruction of the Ming dynasty (1368–1644). Arriving in Japan, he became one of the primary compilers of the Dai Nihon shi (“History of Great Japan”), a comprehensive rewriting of Japanese history, which served to reawaken

  • shunt motor (motor)

    electric motor: Direct-current commutator motors: …field current are known as shunt motors, or separately excited motors. Normally, the available speed range is less than 2 to 1, but special motors can provide a speed range of up to 10 to 1.

  • shunt-excited DC generator (machine)

    electric generator: Direct-current generators: …generator is referred to as shunt-excited. It has the advantage of requiring no independent electrical supply. Residual magnetic flux in the iron poles produces a small generated voltage as the machine is brought up to speed. This causes a field current that increases the flux and in turn the generated…

  • shunting (biology)

    human respiratory system: Abnormal gas exchange: In shunting, venous blood enters the bloodstream without passing through functioning lung tissue. Shunting of blood may result from abnormal vascular (blood vessel) communications or from blood flowing through unventilated portions of the lung (e.g., alveoli filled with fluid or inflammatory material). A reduction in arterial…

  • shuntō (Japanese labour organization)

    enterprise unionism: …the annual “spring offensive” (shuntō). Strikes, however, do not last long. Frequently, as in the “spring offensive,” strikes are scheduled in advance as a series of short work stoppages.

  • shunyata (Buddhist concept)

    Sunyata, in Buddhist philosophy, the voidness that constitutes ultimate reality; sunyata is seen not as a negation of existence but rather as the undifferentiation out of which all apparent entities, distinctions, and dualities arise. Although the concept is encountered occasionally in early Pāli

  • Shunyavada (Buddhist school)

    Mādhyamika, (Sanskrit: “Intermediate”), important school in the Mahāyāna (“Great Vehicle”) Buddhist tradition. Its name derives from its having sought a middle position between the realism of the Sarvāstivāda (“Doctrine That All Is Real”) school and the idealism of the Yogācāra (“Mind Only”)

  • Shunzhi (emperor of Qing dynasty)

    Shunzhi, reign name (nianhao) of the first emperor (reigned 1644–61) of the Qing (Manchu) dynasty (1644–1911/12). The ninth son of Abahai (1592–1643), the great ruler of the Manchu kingdom of Manchuria, Fulin succeeded to the throne in 1643 at the age of five (six by Chinese reckoning) and ruled

  • Shunzong (emperor of Tang dynasty)

    China: Provincial separatism: …by the brief reign of Shunzong, an invalid monarch whose court was dominated by the clique of Wang Shuwen and Wang Pei. They planned to take control of the palace armies from the eunuchs but failed.

  • shuoshu (Chinese storytelling)

    Chinese music: Other vocal and instrumental genres: One is storytelling (shuoshu). This tradition, which is virtually as old as humankind and is noted in China’s earliest books, continues in China in a purely narrative form, in a sung style, and in a mixture of the two. Until the advent of television and government arts control,…

  • Shuowen jiezi (work by Xu Shen)

    fenghuang: The Shuowen jiezi (1st or 2nd century ce; “An Explication of Written Characters”) describes the bird as having the breast of a goose, the hindquarters of a stag, the neck of a snake, the tail of a fish, the forehead of a fowl, the down of…

  • Shupashkar (Russia)

    Cheboksary, city and capital, Chuvashia republic, Russia. It lies on the right bank of the middle Volga River, between Nizhny Novgorod and Kazan. Although Cheboksary is known to have existed since the mid-15th century, and a fortress was built there in 1555, the town remained unimportant until the

  • Shuppiluliumash I (Hittite king)

    Suppiluliumas I, Hittite king (reigned c. 1380–c. 1346 bc), who dominated the history of the ancient Middle East for the greater part of four decades and raised the Hittite kingdom to Imperial power. The son and successor of Tudhaliyas III, Suppiluliumas began his reign by rebuilding the old

  • Shuqayrī, A?mad (Palestinian political leader)

    A?mad Shuqayrī, Palestinian nationalist who led the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) from 1964 to 1967. The son of a noted religious scholar, Shuqayrī was born in Lebanon and returned to the family home in Acre, Palestine (now ?Akko, Israel), when he was eight years old. After graduating

  • Shuqayrī, A?mad al- (Palestinian political leader)

    A?mad Shuqayrī, Palestinian nationalist who led the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) from 1964 to 1967. The son of a noted religious scholar, Shuqayrī was born in Lebanon and returned to the family home in Acre, Palestine (now ?Akko, Israel), when he was eight years old. After graduating

  • shūrā (Islam)

    Shūrā, (Arabic: “consultation”), in early Islāmic history, the board of electors that was constituted by the second caliph (head of the Muslim community), ?Umar I (634–644), to elect his successor. Thereafter, in Muslim states, shūrā variously designated a council of state, or advisers to the

  • shura mono (Japanese theatre)

    Noh theatre: …a Shintō shrine; the second, shura mono (“fighting play”), centres on warriors; the third, katsura mono (“wig play”), has a female protagonist; the fourth type, varied in content, includes the gendai mono (“present-day play”), in which the story is contemporary and “realistic” rather than legendary and supernatural, and the kyōjo…

  • Shūrā-ye Negahbān (Iranian government)

    Council of Guardians, in Iranian government, a council empowered to vet legislation and oversee elections. The 12-member Council of Guardians is a body of jurists that acts in many ways as an upper legislative house. Half its members are specialists in Islamic canon law appointed by the country’s

  • Shurasena (people)

    India: Location: Shurasena had its capital at Mathura, and the tribe claimed descent from the Yadu clan. A reference to the Sourasenoi in later Greek writings is often identified with the Shurasena and the city of Methora with Mathura. The Vatsa state emerged from Kaushambi. The Cedi…

  • Shuri (Japan)

    Battle of Okinawa: Intensification and collapse of Japanese resistance: …population centres of Naha and Shuri encountered the fiercest kind of resistance. As on Iwo Jima, the Japanese fought with great tenacity and succeeded in making the Americans expend heavy casualties for small gains. The Japanese force defending the Naha-Shuri area numbered about 60,000, and by May 1 these troops…

  • Shuriken (work by O’Sullivan)

    New Zealand literature: Drama: O’Sullivan’s Shuriken (published 1985) used a riot by Japanese soldiers in a New Zealand prison camp to illustrate how understanding and sympathy fail to cross cultural boundaries. Drama, the last of the major literary genres to get started in New Zealand, developed rapidly in the 1980s,…

  • Shurtleff, Molly (United States soldier)

    Deborah Sampson, American Revolutionary soldier and one of the earliest female lecturers in the country. After a childhood as an indentured servant, she worked as a school teacher for a few years. The venturesome Sampson decided to enter the Continental Army to participate in the American

  • Shurtleff, Robert (United States soldier)

    Deborah Sampson, American Revolutionary soldier and one of the earliest female lecturers in the country. After a childhood as an indentured servant, she worked as a school teacher for a few years. The venturesome Sampson decided to enter the Continental Army to participate in the American

  • Shurugwi (Zimbabwe)

    Shurugwi, town, central Zimbabwe. Shurugwi was established in 1899 by the British South Africa Company and Willoughby’s Consolidated Company. Its name was derived from a nearby bare oval granite hill that resembled the shape of a pigpen (selukwe) of the local Venda people. The town is the terminus

  • Shuruppak (ancient city, Iraq)

    Shuruppak, ancient Sumerian city located south of Nippur in what is now south-central Iraq and originally on the bank of the Euphrates River. Excavations there in the first half of the 20th century uncovered three levels of habitation extending in time from the late prehistoric period to the 3rd

  • Shuseidō (Japanese artist)

    Ogata Kenzan, Japanese potter and painter, brother to the artist Ogata Kōrin. He signed himself Kenzan, Shisui, Tōin, Shōkosai, Shuseidō, or Shinshō. Kenzan received a classical Chinese and Japanese education and pursued Zen Buddhism. At the age of 27 he began studying with the potter Ninsei and in

  • Shush (ancient city, Iran)

    Susa, capital of Elam (Susiana) and administrative capital of the Achaemenian king Darius I and his successors from 522 bce. It was located at the foot of the Zagros Mountains near the bank of the Karkheh Kūr (Choaspes) River in the Khuzistan region of Iran. The archaeological site, identified in

  • Shushan (ancient city, Iran)

    Susa, capital of Elam (Susiana) and administrative capital of the Achaemenian king Darius I and his successors from 522 bce. It was located at the foot of the Zagros Mountains near the bank of the Karkheh Kūr (Choaspes) River in the Khuzistan region of Iran. The archaeological site, identified in

  • Shushandukt (Sasanian queen)

    Hamadan: …in reality that of Queen Shushandukt, or Suzan, wife of the Sāsānian king Yazdegerd I (died 420 ce) and mother of Bahrām V, the great hunter. She helped establish a Jewish colony in the city and was herself of that faith. Her tomb and the reputed grave of Mordecai, uncle…

  • Shushigaku (Japanese philosophy)

    Shushigaku, (Japanese: “Chu Hsi school”), most influential of the Neo-Confucian schools that developed in Japan during the Tokugawa period (1603–1867). See

  • Shūshtar (Iran)

    Shūshtar, town, southwestern Iran. It is situated on a small plateau below the confluence of the Kārūn River with one of its minor tributaries. Many of the town’s stately houses of stone and brick have cellars, called zīr zamīn, to provide a cool shelter from the powerful summer heat, which may

  • Shushu jiuzhang (work by Qin Jiushao)

    Qin Jiushao: …mathematical book, now known as Shushu jiuzhang (1247; “Mathematical Writings in Nine Sections”). He later rose to the position of provincial governor of Qiongzhou (in modern Hainan), but charges of corruption and bribery brought his dismissal in 1258. Contemporary authors mention his ambitious and cruel personality.

  • Shushu jiyi (work by Xu Yue)

    Xu Yue: …several books, of which only Shushu jiyi (“Memoir on the Methods of Numbering”), with a preface by Zhen Luan (flourished c. 560), is extant; some scholars question its authenticity, claiming that it was a forgery written in its entirety by Zhen. The treatise was used as an auxiliary mathematics textbook…

  • shusi (unit of measurement)

    measurement system: The Babylonians: The Babylonian shusi, defined as 130 kus, was equal to 17.5 mm (0.69 inch). The Babylonian foot was 23 kus.

  • Shūstar dynasty (Elamite rulers)

    ancient Iran: The Old Elamite period: …rulers were succeeded by the Awan (Shūstar) dynasty. The 11th king of this line entered into treaty relations with the great Naram-Sin of Akkad (reigned c. 254–c. 2218 bc). Yet a new ruling house soon appeared, the Simash dynasty (Simash may have been in the mountains of southern Lorestān). The…

  • Shuster, Frank (Canadian comedian)

    Frank Shuster, Canadian comedian and writer (born Sept. 5, 1916, Toronto, Ont.—died Jan. 13, 2002, Toronto), along with his high-school friend Johnny Wayne, formed the Wayne and Shuster comedy team and performed together for some 50 years, first on Canadian Broadcasting Corp. radio and then on t

  • Shuster, Joe (American artist)

    comic strip: The United States: …Siegel (scenario or text) and Joe Shuster (art); it was soon syndicated and transposed to other media. The Superman formula of the hero who transcends all physical and social laws to punish the wicked was widely imitated. The animated cartoon animals of Walt Disney also took root in the comic…

  • Shuster, Joseph (American artist)

    comic strip: The United States: …Siegel (scenario or text) and Joe Shuster (art); it was soon syndicated and transposed to other media. The Superman formula of the hero who transcends all physical and social laws to punish the wicked was widely imitated. The animated cartoon animals of Walt Disney also took root in the comic…

  • Shuster, William Morgan (American lawyer and publisher)

    William Morgan Shuster, U.S. lawyer, civil servant, financial expert, and publisher, who served as treasurer general to the Iranian government (1911). Shuster entered the Cuban customs service in 1899 but resigned in 1901 to become collector of customs at Manila, the Philippines. In 1906 he was

  • Shuswap (people)

    Plateau Indian: Language: …Northern Plateau Salish include the Shuswap, Lillooet, and Ntlakapamux (Thompson) tribes. The Interior Salish live mostly in the Upper Columbia area and include the Okanagan, Sinkaietk, Lake, Wenatchee, Sanpoil, Nespelim,

  • Shute, Nevil (Australian novelist)

    Nevil Shute, English-born Australian novelist who showed a special talent for weaving his technical knowledge of engineering into the texture of his fictional narrative. His most famous work, On the Beach (1957), reflected his pessimism for humanity in the atomic age. Shute was educated at

  • Shuten-dōji (Japanese mythology)

    Yorimitsu: …his vanquishing the boy-faced giant Shuten-dōji (“Drunkard Boy”), who lived on human blood and who together with his repulsive retainers terrorized the countryside around his stronghold on ōye-yama. To gain admittance to the stronghold, Yorimitsu and his companions disguised themselves as mountain priests. They first befuddled the creatures with a…

  • Shutruk-Nahhunte (king of Elam)

    ancient Iran: The Middle Elamite period: …opened with the reign of Shutruk-Nahhunte I (c. 1160 bc). Two equally powerful and two rather less impressive kings followed this founder of a new dynasty, whose home was probably Susa, and in this period Elam became one of the great military powers of the Middle East. Tukulti-Ninurta died about…

  • Shuttarna II (king of Mitanni)

    history of Mesopotamia: The Hurrian and Mitanni kingdoms: …Saustatar’s successors Artatama I and Shuttarna II, who married their daughters to the pharaohs Thutmose IV (1400–1390) and Amenhotep III (1390–1353). Tushratta (c. 1365–c. 1330), the son of Shuttarna, was able to maintain the kingdom he had inherited for many years. In his sometimes very long letters—one of them written…

  • shutter (photography)

    Shutter, in photography, device through which the lens aperture of a camera is opened to admit light and thus expose the film (or the electronic image sensor of a digital camera). Adjustable shutters control exposure time, or the length of time during which light is admitted. Optimum exposure time

  • shutter (theatrical scenery)

    theatre: Developments in staging: …painted on two flats, called shutters, which met at the centre of the stage; and cloths that could be rolled up were occasionally used.

  • Shutter Island (film by Scorsese [2010])

    Leonardo DiCaprio: For his next film, Scorsese’s Shutter Island (2010), DiCaprio portrayed a tormented U.S. marshal sent to a hospital for the criminally insane to investigate the disappearance of an inmate.

  • shutter speed (photography)

    speed: The shutter speed regulates the length of time that the shutter is open during an exposure. Varying the shutter speed controls the film’s exposure to light and determines the speed of action that the photograph can “freeze,” or reproduce without blurring the image. Shutter speeds generally…

  • shuttle (weaving)

    Shuttle, In the weaving of cloth, a spindle-shaped device used to carry the crosswise threads (weft) through the lengthwise threads (warp). Not all modern looms use a shuttle; shuttleless looms draw the weft from a nonmoving supply. Shuttle looms fall into two groups according to whether the

  • shuttle car

    coal mining: Haulage: …systems, electric-powered, rubber-tired vehicles called shuttle cars haul coal from the face to the intermediate haulage system. In some semimechanized or manual longwall operations, chain haulage is used, while the face haulage equipment of choice in modern mechanized longwall systems is an armoured face conveyor (AFC). In addition to carrying…

  • shuttle diplomacy (diplomacy)

    diplomacy: Conference diplomacy: …1970s, for example, the “shuttle diplomacy” of U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the Middle East served to reduce the incentive of leaders in the region to do important business with regular U.S. diplomatic representatives. Normally, the professionals resume their roles when the summit ends. Indeed, a visit…

  • shuttle drone (music)

    musette: The musette employed a “shuttle” drone: a short cylinder with about 12 narrow channels variously connected in series to supply four drones, each sounded with a double reed and tuned or silenced by slider keys moving in the slots through which the bores vented to the exterior. The bag…

  • Shuttle in the Crypt, A (work by Soyinka)

    Wole Soyinka: …from Prison (1969; republished as A Shuttle in the Crypt, 1972), published together as Early Poems (1998); Mandela’s Earth and Other Poems (1988); and Samarkand and Other Markets I Have Known (2002). His verse is characterized by a precise command of language and a mastery of lyric, dramatic, and meditative…

  • shuttle loom (weaving)

    textile: Modern looms: ) Shuttle looms fall into two groups according to whether the shuttle is replenished by hand or automatically. The second kind is often described as an automatic loom, but, except for shuttle replenishment, it is no more automatic in its operation than the hand-replenished or so-called…

  • Shuttlecock (novel by Swift)

    Graham Swift: Shuttlecock (1981) concerns a police archivist whose work uncovers conflicting information about his father’s mental illness and involvement in World War II.

  • shuttlecock (badminton)

    badminton: …with lightweight rackets and a shuttlecock. Historically, the shuttlecock (also known as a “bird” or “birdie”) was a small cork hemisphere with 16 goose feathers attached and weighing about 0.17 ounce (5 grams). These types of shuttles may still be used in modern play, but shuttles made from synthetic materials…

  • shuttleless loom (weaving)

    textile: Modern looms: …a stationary supply, usually called shuttleless looms. (This term is not entirely satisfactory, as some primitive looms make no use of a shuttle, merely passing through the shed a stick with weft wound on it.) Shuttle looms fall into two groups according to whether the shuttle is replenished by hand…

  • Shuttlesworth, Fred (American minister and civil rights activist)

    Fred Shuttlesworth, American minister and civil rights activist who established, with Martin Luther King, Jr., and others, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and who worked to end segregation in the South. Shuttlesworth, the eldest child of a large family, grew up poor on his

  • Shuttleworth, Mark (South African entrepreneur, philanthropist, and space tourist)

    Mark Shuttleworth, South African entrepreneur, philanthropist, and space tourist who became the first South African in space. Shuttleworth was a student at the University of Cape Town in 1995 when he founded Thawte, a consulting firm that became a world leader in Internet security for electronic

  • Shutudri (river, Asia)

    Sutlej River, longest of the five tributaries of the Indus River that give the Punjab (meaning “Five Rivers”) its name. It rises on the north slope of the Himalayas in Lake La’nga in southwestern Tibet, at an elevation above 15,000 feet (4,600 metres). Flowing northwestward and then

  • Shuvalov, Pyotr Andreyevich, Graf (Russian diplomat)

    Pyotr Andreyevich, Count Shuvalov, diplomat and political-police director who became one of Alexander II’s advisers and used his extensive power to oppose the enactment of liberal reforms in Russia. Having entered the Russian army in 1845, Shuvalov served in the Crimean War (1853–56) and began his

  • Shuwaikh, Al- (Kuwait)

    Al-Shuwaykh, port area in eastern Kuwait. Located just west of central Kuwait city on Kuwait Bay of the Persian Gulf, it is the country’s major port. The port’s modern deepwater berths and container facilities accommodate oceangoing ships. Al-Shuwaykh also has one of Kuwait’s largest electric power

  • Shuwaykh, Al- (Kuwait)

    Al-Shuwaykh, port area in eastern Kuwait. Located just west of central Kuwait city on Kuwait Bay of the Persian Gulf, it is the country’s major port. The port’s modern deepwater berths and container facilities accommodate oceangoing ships. Al-Shuwaykh also has one of Kuwait’s largest electric power

  • Shuya (Russia)

    Shuya, city and centre of a rayon (sector), Ivanovo oblast (region), western Russia, lying along the Teza River. Originally a trading centre dating from the 16th century, the city now has numerous industries, including cotton and synthetic fabric processing, machine building, and various light

  • Shuye (Chinese philosopher)

    Ji Kang, Chinese Daoist philosopher, alchemist, and poet who was one of the most important members of the free-spirited, heavy-drinking Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove, a coterie of poets and philosophers who scandalized Chinese society by their iconoclastic thoughts and actions. Of influential

  • Shuysky, Vasily Ivanovich, Prince (tsar of Russia)

    Vasily (IV) Shuysky, boyar who became tsar (1606–10) during Russia’s Time of Troubles. A member of an aristocratic family descended from Rurik, the legendary founder of the dynasty that ruled Russia until 1598, Vasily Shuysky achieved prominence in 1591 when he conducted the investigation of the

  • Shuysky, Vasily, Prince (tsar of Russia)

    Vasily (IV) Shuysky, boyar who became tsar (1606–10) during Russia’s Time of Troubles. A member of an aristocratic family descended from Rurik, the legendary founder of the dynasty that ruled Russia until 1598, Vasily Shuysky achieved prominence in 1591 when he conducted the investigation of the

  • shuyuan (academy)

    education: The Song (960–1279): …semiprivate institution known as the shuyuan, or academy. With financial support coming from both state grants and private contributions, these academies were managed by noted scholars of the day and attracted many students and lecturers. Often located in mountain retreats or in the woods, they symbolized the influence of Daoism…

  • Shu?aybah, Al- (Kuwait)

    Al-Shu?aybah, town and port in southern Kuwait. Located on the Persian Gulf, it is the country’s second most important port. Its industries include an oil refinery, a seafood-packing plant, and a petrochemical plant producing fertilizers. Al-Shu?aybah has one of Kuwait’s largest electric-power

  • shu?ūbīyah (Islamic history)

    Iran: The ?Abbāsid Caliphate (750–821): …literary-political movement known as the shu?ūbiyyah, which celebrated the excellence of non-Arab Muslim peoples, particularly the Persians, and set the stage for the resurgence of Iranian literature and culture in the decades to come. Regard for poetry—the Arabs’ vehicle of folk memory—increased, and minds and imaginations were quickened. Philosophical enquiry…

  • Shvanda the Bagpiper (opera by Weinberger)

    Jaromir Weinberger: …his opera ?vanda Dudák (Shvanda the Bagpiper).

  • Shvedambara (Jainist sect)

    Shvetambara, (Sanskrit: “White-robed,” or “White-clad”) one of the two principal sects of Jainism, a religion of India. The monks and nuns of the Shvetambara sect wear simple white garments. This is in contrast to the practice followed by the parallel sect, the Digambara (“Sky-clad”), which does

  • Shvetambara (Jainist sect)

    Shvetambara, (Sanskrit: “White-robed,” or “White-clad”) one of the two principal sects of Jainism, a religion of India. The monks and nuns of the Shvetambara sect wear simple white garments. This is in contrast to the practice followed by the parallel sect, the Digambara (“Sky-clad”), which does

  • shwarma (food)

    Saudi Arabia: Daily life and social customs: …are also popular, as is shāwarmah (shwarma), a marinated meat dish of lamb, mutton, or chicken that is grilled on a spit and served either as an entrée or a sandwich. As in the countries of the Persian Gulf, makhbūs (machbous), a rice dish with fish or shrimp, is extremely…

  • Shwe Dagon pagoda (pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar)

    Yangon: …building in Yangon is the Shwe Dagon Pagoda, a great Buddhist temple complex that crowns a hill about one mile north of the Cantonment. The pagoda itself is a solid brick stupa (Buddhist reliquary) that is completely covered with gold. It rises 326 feet (99 metres) on a hill 168…

  • Shwebo (Myanmar)

    Shwebo, town, north-central Myanmar (Burma). Shwebo is a rice-collecting centre on the railway about 50 miles (80 km) north-northwest of Mandalay. It was the birthplace of Alaungpaya, founder of the Alaungpaya dynasty (1752–1885), and is the site of his tomb. Originally it was named Moksobomyo

  • Shwemawdaw (shrine, Pegu, Myanmar)

    Pegu: …its many pagodas, the ancient Shwemawdaw (“Golden Shrine”), 288 feet (88 m) high, is the most venerable. Said to contain two hairs of Gautama Buddha, it is of Mon origin and was severely damaged by an earthquake in 1930, but restoration was completed in 1954. The Shwethalyaung, a colossal reclining…

  • Shwemoktaw (pagoda, Pathein, Myanmar)

    Pathein: The Shwemoktaw pagoda (984) in the centre of the city is considered one of the most venerable in southern Myanmar. It was among several built by the Mon king Samuddaghosa. The nearby coastline along the Bay of Bengal is backed by the forested Arakan Mountains. Its…

  • Shwetambara (Jainist sect)

    Shvetambara, (Sanskrit: “White-robed,” or “White-clad”) one of the two principal sects of Jainism, a religion of India. The monks and nuns of the Shvetambara sect wear simple white garments. This is in contrast to the practice followed by the parallel sect, the Digambara (“Sky-clad”), which does

  • Shwethalyaung (statue, Pegu, Myanmar)

    Pegu: The Shwethalyaung, a colossal reclining statue of Buddha (181 feet [55 m] long), is to the west of the modern town and is reputedly one of the most lifelike of all the reclining Buddha figures; allegedly built in 994, it was lost when Pegu was destroyed…

  • Shwezigon Pagoda (pagoda, Pagan, Myanmar)

    Pagan: Shwezigon pagoda. Nearby he built a nat shrine with images. The Shwezigon is a huge, terraced pyramid, square below, circular above, crowned by a bell-shaped stupa of traditional Mon shape and adorned with stairways, gates, and decorative spires. It is much revered and famous for…

  • Shyama Sastri (Indian composer)

    Karnatak music: Syama Sastri.

  • Shyamalan, M. Night (American film director)

    Bruce Willis: …was written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, was a critical and commercial success. Willis reteamed with Shyamalan on the supernatural thriller Unbreakable (2000).

  • Shyamalan, Manoj (American film director)

    Bruce Willis: …was written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, was a critical and commercial success. Willis reteamed with Shyamalan on the supernatural thriller Unbreakable (2000).

  • Shyamatara (Buddhist goddess)

    Tara: The Green Tara (Sanskrit: Shyamatara; Tibetan: Sgrol-ljang) was believed to be incarnated as the Nepali princess. She is considered by some to be the original Tara and is the female consort of Amoghasiddhi (see Dhyani-Buddha), one of the “self-born” buddhas. She is generally shown seated on…

  • Shygys Qazaqstan (oblast, Kazakhstan)

    Shygys Qazaqstan, oblysy (region), extreme eastern Kazakhstan, in the Altai Mountains on the frontier with China. Its capital is ?skemen (Ust-Kamenogorsk). It is drained by the upper Irtysh (Ertis) River, and Lake Zaysan lies in the south. The climate is continental and dry. One of the main centres

  • Shylock (fictional character)

    Shylock, the Jewish moneylender in Shakespeare’s comedy The Merchant of Venice. Shylock is a grasping but proud and somewhat tragic figure, and his role and Shakespeare’s intentions continue to be the source of much discussion. In addition to his baser traits, Shylock is proud and has deep

  • Shymkent (Kazakhstan)

    Shymkent, city, south-central Kazakhstan. It lies in the valley of the Sayram River in the foothills of the Ugam Range at an elevation of 1,680 feet (512 metres). Originally a settlement on the caravan route from Central Asia to China, Shymkent dates back at least to the 12th century and was more

  • Shyok River (river, Asia)

    Shyok River, river of the Kashmir region, in the northern part of the Indian subcontinent. It rises in the Karakoram Range in the Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir state. The Shyok, which flows generally northwestward, is fed by meltwater from numerous glaciers on its journey through the range.

  • Shyp of Folys of the Worlde, The (work by Barclay)

    Sebastian Brant: …verse by Alexander Barclay (The Shyp of Folys of the Worlde) and another in prose by Henry Watson, and it gave rise to a whole school of fool’s literature. Yet Brant essentially looks backward; he is not a forerunner of the Reformation nor even a true humanist but rather…

  • SI (international organization)

    Situationist International (SI), group of artists, writers, and social critics (1957–72) that aimed to eliminate capitalism through the revolutionization of everyday life. Instead of focusing on traditional sites of economic and social change, such as the factory, the Situationist International

  • Si (chemical element)

    Silicon (Si), a nonmetallic chemical element in the carbon family (Group 14 [IVa] of the periodic table). Silicon makes up 27.7 percent of Earth’s crust; it is the second most abundant element in the crust, being surpassed only by oxygen. The name silicon derives from the Latin silex or silicis,

Your preference has been recorded
Check out Britannica's new site for parents!
Subscribe Today!
色色影院-色色影院app下载