Sunday, April 19, 2009
My disreputable sources in Mongolia have informed me that this is an ancient Buddhist cauldron named the 'Foreskin Cauldron.' It was cast in the 18th century, at the base of the ruined monastery of Manzushir - not too far from Ulaanbaatar.
According to my guide, 'Dirty Mike,' an ancient esoteric riddle is inscribed on the side in old Mongolian script.
'Given the variable X = skins, solve the following equation: What is the square root of 16X?'