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Hi Nigel! Is that you? (the Nigel who sent me stuff, I mean)

I agree that the most interesting future research in playing cards will be done on the manuscripts and traditions of Iran and China, and their relations along the Silk Road. Unknown and untranslated barely begins to describe the extent of ignorance we have.

But I don't think we need to look there for Tarot. The four-suited (and eight-suited!) packs are equally noble and mysterious. This is why I cannot, with the occultists, call them the "Minor Arcana".

If anything, the four-suited pack is more "major" than the tarot trumps.
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