Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Famous Formosan: The Man Who Invented a Nation

The Famous Formosan: The Man Who Invented a Nation

by Mr Ghaz

The story was pure fantasy, invented by Psalmanazar and elaborated upon by the mischievous chaplain. But the bishop – and every one of his associates – believed every word. Almost overnight Psalmanazar became a celebrity.



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Early in the 18th century a mysterious stranger captivated London’s fashionable society with spellbinding tales of human sacrifice and cannibalism. He called himself George Psalmanazar, a native of the far-off land of Formosa. History knows him as one the greatest impostors of his age.

Aristocrats, churchmen, and scientists competed to wine and dine the strange young man, just to hear his stories. Formosa was an exotic land, and few could have located it on a map. Today it is known as Taiwan, an island in the China Sea.

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The Famous Formosan: The Man Who Invented a Nation

2 comments:

GAGAY said...

doing adgi rounds here!!!

happy blogging!



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Vernz said...

Hi Gagay you're here ...

O the post ... indeed what we have thought today as old practices of that sort were actually just mere anecdotes before ... great info thanks for sharing ..

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