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Sindbad the Sailor (also spelled "Sinbad", from Persian سندباد—As-Sindibad, 三保 "Sānbǎo", from Chinese ) is the name of a legendary sailor who has numerous fantastic adventures during his voyages throughout the seas east of Africa and south of Asia. The collection of travel-romances which make up the Seven Voyages of Sindbad the Sailor found in The Book of One Thousand and One Nights (1001 Nights) are based partly on real experiences of Oriental and Chinese sailors, partly on ancient poetry such as Homer's Mediterranean-based Odyssey, and partly upon Indian and Persian collections of mirabilia. Persian (فارسی = Fârsi . ... A sailor is a member of the crew of a ship or boat. ... // Etymology World map showing Africa (geographically) The name Africa came into Western use through the Romans, who used the name Africa terra — land of the Afri (plural, or Afer singular) — for the northern part of the continent, as the province of Africa with its capital Carthage, corresponding to modern-day... Asia is the largest and most populous of the Earths continents. ... Queen Scheherazade tells her stories to King Shahryar. ... The term the Orient - literally meaning sunrise, east - is traditionally used to refer to Near, Middle, and Far Eastern countries. ... Bust of Homer in the British Museum For other uses, see Homer (disambiguation). ... The Mediterranean Sea is an intercontinental sea positioned between Europe to the north, Africa to the south and Asia to the east, covering an approximate area of 2. ... Odysseus and Nausicaä - by Charles Gleyre The Odyssey (Greek Οδύσσεια) is the second of the two great Greek epic poems ascribed to Homer, the first of which is the Iliad. ... The Persian Empire is the name used to refer to a number of historic dynasties that have ruled the country of Persia (Iran). ...


Possible historical roots

The character Sindbad was inspired by the culmulative tales of many seafarers that had followed, traded and worked in various support ships as part of the armada of Chinese Ming Imperial Treasure Fleets. In the 15th century, the fleets of Emperor Zhu Di (朱棣) were led by the Chinese-Muslim Admiral Zheng He (Traditional: 鄭和; Simplified: 郑和; pinyin: Zhèng Hé; Wade-Giles: Cheng Ho; Birth name: 马三宝; pinyin: Mǎ Sānbǎo; Iranian name: Hajji Mahmud Shams) whose surname was "Mǎ" (derived from Mahmud ) and name "Sanbao" (derived from Shams). (14th century - 15th century - 16th century - other centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 15th century was that century which lasted from 1401 to 1500. ... The Yongle Emperor (May 2, 1360–August 12, 1424), born Zhu Di, was the third emperor of the Ming Dynasty of China from 1402 to 1424. ... Zheng He (Traditional: é„­å’Œ; Simplified: 郑和; pinyin: ; Wade-Giles: Cheng Ho; Birth name: 馬三寶 / 马三宝; pinyin: MÇŽ SānbÇŽo; Arabic name: Hajji Mahmud) (1371 – 1433), the most well-known Chinese mariner and explorer who made the voyages collectively referred to as the travels of Eunuch Sanbao to the Western Ocean (三保太監下西洋) or Zheng He...

Zheng He oversaw the building of a total of 1622 ships and made at least 7 major voyages between 1405 AD and 1430 AD, reaching Western Africa, Indonesia, East Africa, the Middle East, and recently suggested but disputed - America. In each excursion, a total of 27,800 people set-off on more than 300 ships, of which close to 60 major ships were deployed measuring about 475 ft long and 193 ft wide.

The tales

Sindbad the Sailor and Sindbad the Porter

The tales, which take place during the reign of Caliph Harun al-Rashid, begin in Baghdad with Sindbad the Porter, a hard-working landsman who complains in verse before the estate of a wealthy man about his life of endless toil for little reward. Sindbad the Porter is thereby brought inside where he meets his namesake, the wealthy Sindbad the Sailor, who was impressed by the porter's verse. Over the next seven days Sindbad the Sailor then entertains Sindbad the Porter (whom he now considers as a brother) with the tale of how he became a seaman and eventually rose to his present state of prominence, each day giving a gift to the poor porter after the story of each voyage is complete. Persian miniature depicting Harun al-Rashid. ... Average temperature (red) and precipitations (blue) in Baghdad Baghdad (Arabic: ) is the capital of Iraq and of Baghdad Province. ...

The First Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor

Sindbad the Sailor was the son of a wealthy merchant who died when Sindbad was young and left everything to him. Upon reaching adulthood Sindbad used his inheritance to live an existence as a pleasure-seeking wastrel until he had carelessly spent it all. The loss of much of everything he had was a turning point in his life -- he decided to sell all he still owned and travel to foreign lands. Sindbad embarked on board a ship bound for Basra which then traveled to several islands and shores, buying and selling their goods. They finally came across a beautiful island upon which they had their shore leave. This island, however, was a Kraken which had been stationary for so long that sand and trees had settled upon it, and the fires the sailors lit now awoke it. Sindbad was among those who could not return to the ship in time when the Kraken swam into the depths and was only miraculously saved from drowning when he grasped a passing wooden wash-tub. Floating on the sea in the tub for some time, Sindbad finally beached upon the shore of a deserted island where he spent several days. Turning Point or a turning point may refer to: A turning point is a discrimen, one of the two marked points on a cursus or classical-period race-track. ... Location of Basra Basra (also spelled BaÅŸrah or Basara; historically sometimes written Busra, Busrah, and the early form Bassorah; Arabic: , Al-Basrah) is the second largest city of Iraq with an estimated population of c. ... Pen and wash drawing by malacologist Pierre Denys de Montfort, 1801 from the descriptions of French sailors reportedly attacked by such a creature off the coast of Angola. ...

One day while wandering along the shore he came across a mare which was tethered on the beach and found a man hidden in the ground nearby. Sindbad befriended this man, a groom of King Mihrjan, who explained that the mares were brought to this island for breeding purposes during every new moon. The "stallions of the sea" would rise out of the ocean and impregnate the mares, causing them to bear colts and fillies of the highest quality. Sindbad was brought to the capital city of King Mihrjan who was astonished at the tale of his survival and, believing him one blessed by Allah, made him his agent for the port and registrar of all ships that entered the harbor. After a while the ship on which Sindbad had originally sailed came to Mihrjan's harbor, and Sindbad convinced his former shipmates after some difficulty that he was still alive. Sindbad then used the best of the goods he still possessed on that ship to make a present for King Mihrjan before returning home. In Baghdad once more after a successful voyage, Sindbad the Sailor used his newfound wealth from a grateful King Mihrjan to make himself richer than he had ever been before. The word Allāh is the Arabic term for God. It is most commonly used in Islam and refers to the eternal monotheist Deity. ...

The Second Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor

Sindbad set out again and traded among the islands. His ship left without him and he was stranded on the island of giant snakes and the even more gigantic bird who preyed upon them. These birds were the rocs of Arabic legend and were so large that one of them could carry off an elephant in its talons. A roc destroys Sindbads ship A roc or rukh (from Persian رخ rokh) is a mythical white bird of enormous size and strength that is reputed to have been able to lift and eat elephants. ... Genera and Species Loxodonta Loxodonta cyclotis Loxodonta africana Elephas Elephas maximus Elephas recki † Stegodon † Mammuthus † Elephantidae (the elephants) is a family of animals, and the only remaining family in the order Proboscidea. ...

Sindbad also discovered an inaccessible canyon with fabulous diamonds at its bottom. On the cliffs above lived merchants who would throw huge chunks of meat into the valley. The birds would carry the meat back to their nests, then the hunters would drive them away and collect the diamonds that had stuck to the meat. Diamond is a Featured Article A scattering of round-brilliant cut diamonds shows off the many reflecting facets. ...

The wily merchant effected his escape from the valley by strapping one of the pieces of meat to his back. He was carried back to the nest along with a large sack full of diamonds he had collected. He was rescued from the nest by the merchants and returned to Baghdad with a fortune in diamonds. Average temperature (red) and precipitations (blue) in Baghdad Baghdad (Arabic: ) is the capital of Iraq and of Baghdad Province. ...

The Third Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor

On his next voyage, Sindbad's ship anchored at an island inhabited by hairy dwarves about two feet tall. These tiny men were very savage and took the ship, leaving the crew marooned on the island. The crew soon learned that the island was ruled by terrible one-eyed giants. The giants imprisoned the sailors and began to eat them, one each day. Finally Sindbad and a few of his crew mates used a wooden skewer to put out the eye of the giant who guarded them and escaped on rafts they had made while the other giants threw great rocks after them. This page is about a mythological race. ... For other meanings of the word giant, see Giant (disambiguation) Giants are humanoid creatures of prodigious size and strength, a type of legendary monster that appear in the tales of many different races and cultures. ...

The rafts took Sindbad and his fellow survivors to another island. On this island a giant serpent began to prey on the men, devouring them until only Sindbad was left. Fortunately Sindbad was able to signal a passing ship and was rescued. Serpent can be any of the following: The reptile commonly called snake. ...

The first part of this adventure is generally assumed to be an adaptation of the adventure of Odysseus and Polyphemus the cyclops which first appeared in the Odyssey. Odysseus and the Sirens. ... Polyphemus (transliterated as Polyphemos in Robert Fitzgeralds translation), a character in Greek Mythology, is a Cyclops, the one-eyed son of Poseidon and Thoosa. ... A Cyclops A Cyclops, or Kyklops, is a member of the Greco-mythical race of giants with a single eye in the middle of their forehead. ... Odysseus and Nausicaä - by Charles Gleyre The Odyssey (Greek Οδύσσεια) is the second of the two great Greek epic poems ascribed to Homer, the first of which is the Iliad. ...

The Fourth Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor

The Fifth Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor

The Sixth Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor

The Seventh Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor


Several films, television series, animated cartoons, and novels have been made, based on the tales of Sindbad the Sailor. These include: Films are produced by recording actual people and objects with cameras, or by creating them using animation techniques and/or special effects. ... Animation is the illusion of motion created by the consecutive display of images of static elements. ... DeFoes Robinson Crusoe, Newspaper edition published in 1719 A novel (from French nouvelle, new) is an extended fictional narrative in prose. ...

Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor is a two-reel animated cartoon short subject in the Popeye Color Specials series, produced in Technicolor and released to theatres on November 27, 1936 by Paramount Pictures. ... The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad is a 1958 fantasy movie starring Kerwin Matthews as the durable legendary sailor Sinbad. ... The Troglodyte stop-motion animation created by Harryhausen Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger is a 1977 fantasy movie, the final installment of Ray_Harryhausens Sinbad Trilogy and the penultimate movie in which Harryhausen would use the stop-motion technique which he had pioneered since the late 1940s. ... Sinbad of the Seven Seas is a 1989 film revolving around the adventures of Sindbad the Sailor. ... Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas is an animated movie produced by DreamWorks SKG and released in 2003. ...

Appearances in other literary works

Sinbad is also a nickname given to all sailors and nautical people as well as to window cleaners in Britain (especially ones who do the inside of windows as if they were portholes, and not the corners). Le comte de Monte Cristo (The Count of Monte Cristo) is a classic adventure novel by Alexandre Dumas, père. ... A pseudonym (Greek: false name) is a fictitious name used by an individual as an alternative to their legal name (whereas an allonym is the name of another actual person assumed by one person, usually historical, in authorship of a work of art; e. ...

This article incorporates text from the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica, which is in the public domain. Supporters contend that the Eleventh Edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica (1910-1911) represents the sum of human knowledge at the beginning of the 20th century; indeed, it was advertised as such. ... The public domain comprises the body of all creative works and other knowledge—writing, artwork, music, science, inventions, and others—in which no person or organization has any proprietary interest. ...

Appearances in scientific works

  • Copeland CS, Mann VH, Morales ME, Kalinna BH, Brindley PJ The Sinbad retrotransposon from the genome of the human blood fluke, Schistosoma mansoni, and the distribution of related Pao-like elements.

BMC Evol Biol. 2005 Feb 23;5(1):20. PMID: 15725362

  • Marcelli A, Burattini E, Mencuccini C, Calvani P, Nucara A, Lupi S, Sanchez Del Rio M SINBAD, a brilliant IR source from the DAPhiNE storage ring.

J Synchrotron Radiat. 1998 May 1;5(Pt 3):575-7. Epub 1998 May 1. PMID: 15263583

  • Favorov OV, Ryder D SINBAD: a neocortical mechanism for discovering environmental variables and regularities hidden in sensory input.

Biol Cybern. 2004 Mar;90(3):191-202. Epub 2004 Mar 12. PMID: 15052482 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]



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