Four Rivers of the Garden of Eden

General Gordon’s map showing how the four rivers of paradise lead to the Seychelles. From Henry William Gordon, Events in the Life of Charles George Gordon from Its Beginning to Its End (London: Kegan Paul, Trench, 1886), p.262

The British General Charles George Gordon (1833–85) was greatly admired by the Victorian public for his work in China and the Sudan “defending the Empire.” He was also a cosmologist who believed that the real site of the garden of Eden was the island of Praslin in the Seychelles, off the southeastern coast of Africa.

Tse Tsan Tai’s 1914 map published with his book The Creation, The Origin of the Chinese, and the Real Situation of Eden (Hong Kong: Kelly & Walsh, 1914), insert.

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