Posts tagged Tse Tsan Tai

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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Hong Kong Eden-seeker Gets His Due, Finally

It’s not often that the Eden-seekers I write about in Paradise Lust get any kind of recognition. Reverend Landon West is mentioned in a footnote on a plaque at the Serpent Mound State Park in Ohio.  The many fans of The Book of Mormon musical can all sing the sentence “I believe the Garden of… More →

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Paradise Lust in Wall Street Journal!

Now talk about an embarrassment of riches, Paradise Lust is also reviewed in this week’s Wall Street Journal!

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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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Whatever Happened to Eden?

The Public Religion Research Institute conducted a new study one week after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, asking whether people believed that God was responsible for natural disasters like this. Interpretations of the study differ: the Huffington Post reassures: Most Americans Don’t Blame God For Natural Disasters. But the Christian Post takes another angle:… More →

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