MORE ON ‘天’ (TIAN1) The Chinese ideogram ‘天’ (tian1) is an ancient character which dates back to the Bone Oracle Period of around 2000 BCE
This must imply that during the Han Dynasty, either the legend of Fu Xi was unknown, or if known, considered too improbable to be true.
Hunting, herding, fishing, gathering plants, going on long journeys (by land and water), going to war, consulting a wise or powerful person, or arranging marriages are mentioned far more regularly than planting or growing crops (which although mentioned in a relatively few cases, do not occupy a position of central concern within the Zhou society of its time).
The first person in the West to propose the ‘Yin People from the East Sailed to the Americas Theory’’ was the 19th century English translator named ‘Medhurst’ (梅德赫斯特 – Mei De He Si Te) – [probably the Sinologist and Biblical scholar Walter Henry Medhurst 1796-1857 – Translator]. He pointed-out that after the Yin people were persecuted by King Wu – they left China in ships and were probably blown off-course and into the Americas through storms and bad winds, etc. The American Scholar named ‘Cole’ [科尔 – Ke Er] (i.e. Michael D Cole) – in his 1968 book e