Posts tagged Mongolia

Tse Tsan Tai gets his due, 98 years later…

So my recent post was a round-up of all the different excerpts of Paradise Lust that you can find online. Happily, I spoke too soon to give a full accounting. Frank Jacobs, cartographic wizard of Strange Maps fame, a blog featured on the Big Think network, featured the hand-drawn maps by my favorite Eden-seeker, Tse… More →

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Tse Tsan Tai’s 1914 map showing where everyone else thought the Garden of Eden was (see two black dots over the Middle East), vs. where he thought it was—see red circle over Outer Mongolia. Tse would have been 139 today.

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Take Outer Mongolia…please!

Tse Tsan Tai would have been 139 today, had he not died long ago. Among the line-up of Eden-seekers I follow in Paradise Lust—preachers, archaeologists, hucksters—I confess he’s my favorite. Tse, a Hong Kong businessman and Chinese nationalist revolutionary, wrote a book in 1914 called The Location of the Garden of Eden and the Origin of the… More →

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An old postcard depicting the Serpent Mound earthwork in Ohio, one of 14 proposed locations of the Garden of Eden explored in Paradise Lust. It is, after all, a large serpent… To learn the whole story, pick up a copy of the first issue of The Common, a new literary journal of writing about place.

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