Just when I think the roller coaster of Bullsh*t started to leveling off to an even pace, I get one here and there that just makes me feel like I’m drowning in a new pile to my head.
For her advanced years, she looks remarkable. Despite nearing the ripe old age of 4,000, long eyelashes still frame her half-open eyes and hair tumbles down to her remarkably well-preserved shoulders.
But the opportunity for new audiences in the United States to view the “Beauty of Xiaohe” – a near perfectly preserved mummy from an inhospitable part of western China – has been dealt a blow after it was pulled from an exhibition following a sudden call from the Chinese authorities on the eve of opening. The reason for pulling the mummy and other artefacts from the show remained unclear yesterday (Chinese officials were on New Year holiday) but there were suggestions that the realities of modern Chinese politics may have had a part to play.
The mummy was recovered from China’s Tarim Basin, in Xinjiang province. But her Caucasian features raised the prospect that the region’s inhabitants were European settlers.
It raises the question about who first settled in Xinjiang and for how long the oil-rich region has been part of China. The questions are important – most notably for the Chinese authorities who face an intermittent separatist movement of nationalist Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking Muslim people who number nine million in Xinjiang.
The government-approved story of China’s first contact with the West dates back to 200BC when China’s emperor Wu Di wanted to establish an alliance with the West against the marauding Huns, then based in Mongolia. However, the discovery of the mummies suggests that Caucasians were settled in a part of China thousands of years before Wu Di: the notion that they arrived in Xinjiang before the first East Asians is truly explosive.
Xinjiang is dominated by the Uighurs, who resent what they see as intrusion by the Han Chinese. The tensions which have spilled over into violent clashes in recent years.
Whatever the reason for the Chinese decision, it has caused great disappointment at the Pennsylvania museum where the “Secrets of the Silk Road” were due to go on show after successful exhibitions in California and Texas without major reproductions.
“It’s going to be the rebirth of this museum,” Victor Mair, a professor of Chinese language and literature, told the Associated Press last month. “It’s going to put it back on the map.”
Professor Mair declined to comment on the current controversy.
Cobbled together as this above piece of “journalism” is nothing but speculations on “motives”.
Along with other similar delusional theories as “Obama is Muslim”, or “Obama doesn’t have a US birth certificate”.
*Now I like a good conspiracy theory as the next guy, but the key word is “good”. A conspiracy theory should make sense logically, based on some established patterns.
Here, the facts are conveniently tilted to make the speculations themselves. Some are even left out altogether.
(1) The mummy was already displayed in California and Texas. It would hardly be an attempt to suppress the information when they already allowed the display in 2 US states. Not to mention the fact that the same mummy has been on display in China since before 1998, I have seen it in person in the Shanghai museum, AND it was shown with explanation that the body was female, had RED hair, fair skin, and was not Asian, and found in Xinjiang. (So what is the imaginary theory of information suppression here advocated by the Independent journalist?)
“but there were suggestions that the realities of modern Chinese politics may have had a part to play.”
No, Mr. Clifford Coonan of the Independent. That suggestion is all in your head. Others have merely been repeating what you suggested first.
(2) “The government-approved story of China’s first contact with the West dates back to 200BC when China’s emperor Wu Di wanted to establish an alliance with the West against the marauding Huns, then based in Mongolia. However, the discovery of the mummies suggests that Caucasians were settled in a part of China thousands of years before Wu Di: the notion that they arrived in Xinjiang before the first East Asians is truly explosive.”
That’s total bunk.
Han Wu Di first established MILITARY outposts in Xinjiang, but he was not the first to contact the West. More than 500 years prior, AND recorded in Chinese history, official or otherwise, a King of Chou dynasty set out for one full year of military expedition to the West, and established contacts with border kingdoms, nearly bankrupting his Kingdom in the process.
And the Mummy is acknowledged to be from a people with migratory patterns, as there were no large permanent burial sites found, and they were found with primitive tools fashioned quickly for migratory purposes, similar to Native American migratory tribes. (Also HINT HINT: They MIGRATED FROM EUROPE, leaving no trace of themselves there!) There is NOTHING suggesting that the mummies were “Caucasians SETTLED in a part of China thousands of years before Wu Di.”
No, Mr. Clifford Coonan of the Independent. You are making doodles and piling it high with God knows what ridiculous propaganda conjured up to satisfy your lack of childhood cartoon hours.
Yes, I am upset by this sort of obvious lunacy disguised as “journalism”.