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Illustrated Skills of the Traveller, Physician, Sailor, Martial Artist
July 17, 2014 7:21 PM   Subscribe

The Art of Shen Ku is a rambling, eccentric website displaying pages of an illustrated instructional book of the same name. The site is roughly divided into four topics: Traveller, Physician, Sailor, and Martial Artist. It features heavily notated illustrations that demonstrate everything from using healthy breathing techniques and using aloe vera to learning martial art hand strikes, avoiding shark attacks, making survival shelters, and navigating. The author, Zeek, seems to be a sailor who spent much time in Asia.

Each page of the crowded, poorly designed website contains a dedication as follows: "The Art of Shen Ku is: Dedicated to ALL life in ANY galaxy SUFFERING FROM ILLNESS, PERSECUTION, CIRCUMSTANCE OR DESPAIR THIS WORK IS FOR YOU – DON’T GIVE UP." The site is full of eccentric, exuberant statements like that, yet also contains highly detailed instructions and drawings that could be used by travellers, sailors, and people interested in gaining a more self-reliant lifestyle.
posted by ShanShen (10 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite

 
how delightful! nice find
posted by thelonius at 7:29 PM on July 17


I have this book somewhere. I'll post back if I find it. Damn I hate when I can't find a book.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 7:37 PM on July 17 [2 favorites]


I am looking at it on my shelf right now. It's kind of like a real life Hitchhiker's Guide as written by Hunter S. Thompson.
posted by Steely-eyed Missile Man at 7:44 PM on July 17


And Brian Eno.
posted by Steely-eyed Missile Man at 7:47 PM on July 17 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I have a copy of this too. It's an odd book.
posted by snuffleupagus at 8:26 PM on July 17


The book is a hippy graphical novel version of the Junior Woodchucks Guidebook.
posted by fairmettle at 9:33 PM on July 17 [1 favorite]


And Dr. Bronner.
posted by StrangerInAStrainedLand at 12:32 AM on July 18 [1 favorite]


Thank you, StrangerInAStrainedLand. I had never heard of Dr. Bronner before.
posted by ShanShen at 4:06 AM on July 18


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posted by moonmilk at 5:21 AM on July 18 [1 favorite]


How odd. 1970s style writing in a 1990s style website. It sounds like he led an interesting life, at least.
posted by happyroach at 8:31 AM on July 18 [2 favorites]


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