Monday, December 8, 2008

Paradise found

Over the years countless researchers and scholars have claimed that they have finally pinpointed the location of the biblical “Garden of Eden” on this planet. Speculations have placed this magical place in Mongolia, India, Ethiopia, and Turkey. Lately, Dr. Juris Zarins, a prominent American archaeologist who has done extensive research on this subject and who has also taken into consideration the catastrophe caused by the Great Flood of Noah, believes that the Garden of Eden lies presently under the waters of the Persian Gulf, where the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers run into the sea.

While doing my own “speed” research on this subject I cannot help but wonder if anyone took notice of a tiny bit of detail depicted in the De Virga world map, made by the Venetian Albertinius de Virga between 1411 and 1415. The surprising thing about this map is that it gives a fairly accurate description of the regions of Asia and Africa and the contour of Africa is quite accurately rendered, at a time when the African continent had not even been rounded by European explorers yet. Africa on the map contains depictions of the Atlas mountains and the Nile river, with mention of the territory of Prester John ("Pre. Joanes") in Ethiopia. The Garden of Eden is depicted at the southernmost tip of Africa with the symbol of two concentric rings. Why would a cartographer place this information on a map? Surely there had to be a reason? Is it possible that the original source come from Chinese traders who stumbled upon one of the wealthiest cities in Africa (at the place where the Great Zimbabwe Ruins now stand), which happened to be flourishing between AD1250 and 1450, or was it the powerful and charismatic charm of Table mountain and the awesome beauty of the Cape that led these sailors to mark this southernmost spot as the “Garden of Eden”?

De Virga world map. (2008, May 9). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 14:33, December 6, 2008, from

Juris Zarins. (2008, November 24). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 20:36, December 8, 2008, from


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