Evliya Efendi on Saad bin Abi Waqas


Evliya Efendi was a famous Ottoman traveler who traveled far and wide including China, here are his thoughts on the Tomb of Saad bin Abi Waqas and its connection to archery.

Although unrecognized, his role in China may therefore extend to the development of its martial arts, especially since the very Emperor he is recorded to have assisted was such a strong upholder of the art of archery. It may also be noted that the shooting techniques of Medieval China are very similar to those favored by the followers of Sa`d bin Abi Waqqas. The Ottoman chronicler Evliya Efendi (*Evliya Celebi or Dervish Mehmet Zilli) was personally invested by the spirit of Sa`d bin Abi Waqqas ?, and though he did not in his wide travels visit China, he did remark on the several tombs linked to his patron in other lands, including Egypt. It is of interest, then, to observe that to the right of the tomb in China is the grave of another Ottoman traveler, who succeeded in his quest for this most distant sanctuary.”

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