Pale Ink: Two Ancient Records of Chinese Exploration in America

Pale Ink Two Ancient Records of Chinese Exploration in America Henriette Mertz was a Chicago patent attorney ancient history researcher She worked as a code breaker for the US cryptography department during WWII She published multiple controversial work

  • Title: Pale Ink: Two Ancient Records of Chinese Exploration in America
  • Author: Henriette Mertz
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 276
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Henriette Mertz 1898 1985 was a Chicago patent attorney ancient history researcher She worked as a code breaker for the US cryptography department during WWII She published multiple controversial works during the 60s 70s Her self published Pale Ink proposed that 2 accounts of Chinese travels to Fusang one found in the Shan Hai Jing which she dates to 225Henriette Mertz 1898 1985 was a Chicago patent attorney ancient history researcher She worked as a code breaker for the US cryptography department during WWII She published multiple controversial works during the 60s 70s Her self published Pale Ink proposed that 2 accounts of Chinese travels to Fusang one found in the Shan Hai Jing which she dates to 2250 BC the other by Buddhist missionary Hui Shen in 499 AD describe visits to the American continent As supporting evidence she proposed that the Milk River inscriptions were Chinese glyphs made by one of the exploration parties According to David Hatcher Childress, she also interpreted Fusang as meaning fir trees in Chinese, ruminating that they might refer to the firs of British Columbia The hypothesis had long been rejected by academic sinologists having been 1st advocated in English by Charles Godfrey Leland in 1875 Apparently Mertz was unaware of this Her book also proposed that Quetzalcoatl was Hui Shen, the 5th century Buddhist traveler to Fusang About her hypotheses, Joseph Needham notes that the proposed identities in general require a heroic suspension of disbelief.

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