Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Donation of the Gods?

From a Copy of a 19th-Century Book

The Korea Herald, borrowing a Yonhap News report, informs us that a Korean "Scholar says [the] Korean alphabet [is] more than 3,000 years old" (July 3, 2012)!
Lee Chan-gu, who studies a Chinese classic book on divination, claimed in his new book titled "Money" that he found two Korean letters, including "don" meaning money in Korean, on stone inscriptions of a knife-shaped ancient Chinese metal money.
Miraculous Scholar Lee finding: two Korean letters that manage to spell the three-letter word "don" (돈)!
Known as a "pointed tip knife," the money circulated in China in the middle or latter years of the Spring and Autumn Period (B.C. 770-476).
Not quite 3,000 years ago, but close enough to 3,000 to be considered more than 3,000.
Lee said he found one of the stone inscriptions in a 19th century book of a Chinese scholar of ancient Chinese currencies and the other in two other ancient Chinese books.
Nineteenth century?! Wow! Old! And two other ancient books! Maybe even from the creaky old eighteenth century!
The knife-shaped money appears to have been made by pre-ancestors of the Korean tribe said to be living in the Liaoxi area, northeastern China, about 3,600 years ago, Lee said.
Made by "pre-ancestors"! That's really going far back! Almost 4,000 years! Which is almost 5,000! Let's call it 5,000 years of historical time! We're now talking demigod forefather Dangun time! Hangeul as gift of the gods, a divine donation that quickly became common currency and first alphabet on the whole planet! Or so it appears to the properly trained Scholar Lee mind:
[Lee] said he wanted to prove that Hangeul was made through the restoration of ancient Korean letters and deny claims that Hangeul imitated Mongolian or other countries' characters
Indubitable evidence of Scholar Lee methodology, an unbiased approach aimed at denying Hangeul's debt to any other alphabet, else it would not be a gift.

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At 4:27 AM, Blogger ilTassista Marino said...

You surely would be delighted in reading the 'studies' by some 19th century 'scholars' according to which the events described in the Bible took actually place in Great Britain.

[SPOILER, and it's a pity Blogger doesn't provide a true one] One of their followers was a guy called William Blake. [/SPOILER]

At 4:29 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

I'd believe anything due to my scholarly mind . . .

Jeffery Hodges

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At 4:36 AM, Blogger ilTassista Marino said...

haw, c'mon, it clearly was Arkansas! Ozarks and all ;-)

At 7:20 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

A waist is a terrible thing to mind.

(Or was that . . . "A mind is a terrible thing to waste"?)

Jeffery Hodges

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At 11:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For me it looks like a mark of cat's claws. The sleepy fella was stretching its stiff front limbs after an afternoon nap.

In Korea those bizarre pseudo-historians, pseudo-physicians, pseudo-dietitians, fortunetellers, odd myths and beliefs (fan death, best mothers, people, food, country etc.) seem to easily find their way into people's minds. They are just a little bit more sophisticated than the medieval beliefs of black cats being companions to witches. In XXIII century people might be saying "How can you believe such nonsense! We don't live in XXI century anymore!"


At 12:41 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Here in Korea, I guess they'd have to say, "We don't live in the Koryo Era anymore!"

Jeffery Hodges

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