Fu-Sang

Posted by Ken Campbell April 12, 2009 13 Comments 2063 views

What would you think if I told you that, although Robert Gray sailed across the Columbia River bar in 1792, he wasn’t the first explorer to do so? Or if I mentioned that Juan de Fuca wasn’t the first outsider who traveled on the straits that bear his name? What if you were to find that Bodega y Quadra and Meares, Vancouver and the Hudson Bay Company, all of those intrepid souls, were late to the game? Real late.

Allow me to introduce Hwui Shan. Brother Hwui, if you will. In the year 458, this Chinese monk, accompanied by four other monks, sailed north to Japan. From there, they continued on up the Kamchatka Peninsula, then east to the Aleutian Islands. On down the coast of Alaska, and then south along the Pacific coast, all the way to Baja California.

Brother Hwui gave the name Fu-Sang to the entire region, and he recorded the appearances and customs of the indiginous peoples that he came across as he traveled. These descriptions are richly detailed and appear to be accurate, according to what is now known about the area at the time. The 41-year odyssey is recorded in the court records of the Sung dynasty for the year 499, which is when the small band of rovering monks returned to China. According to one web source, “They apparently reached Fu-Sang at about the time of the fall of the Western Roman Empire, 476 AD, stayed for a period of years and then returned to China.”
I don’t know if it happened or not, this voyage of Brother Hwui. I don’t know if the Chinese were capable of ocean travel of this sort at such an early date, if they could cross raging seas and explore the wilds of the earth hundreds of years before my ancestors learned to bathe. It’s possible, maybe plausible even, but it’s strange I haven’t heard more about it. No matter. That’s not the point.

I have often thought that there are ghosts among us. Past and future wrapping around what we so innocently call the present. You can see for yourself, if you like. The next time you are out on the Washington coast on a cold morning, where wisps of fog slip in and out of the trees and the dark clouds hang low, think about those who have come before you. As the first drops of rain begin to fall and the wind carves the face of the water, think about the ones who have yet to arrive. If the light is perfect and the fog clears at the right moment, you may just hear the creaking of the rigging, the snap of the sails and the muffled shouts of the crew out past the breakers somewhere, calling in a language you can’t make out, from twelve centuries away.

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  • Anonymous

    I would sure like for this to be true…

  • http://chinesediscoveramerica.com/ Hendon Harris

    As I reflect on the Washington coast listening for the sounds of that ship and crew I remember that Brother
    Hwai was the leader of a missionary expedition of Buddhist
    priests. I also remember that the swastika was/is a major
    Buddhist emblem. Surprisingly the swastika is a major
    emblem in Native American art. Coincidence? I don’t
    think so. Chinesediscoveramerica.com

    Hendon Harris

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15951929346642171555 Hendon Harris

    Ancient geoglyphs are a relatively new discovery but that is my field of study and seems to be providing more and more evidence of previous civilizations. For example google “ancient Buddha lotus flower” to see the latest in
    what appears to be Geoglyphs of Buddhist art in Colorado.
    If this topic is of interest to you check it out. My work can be accessed by googling “hendon’s geoglyphs” or at my
    website. chinesediscoveramerica.com

    Hendon Harris

  • http://chinesediscoveramerica.com/ Hendon Harris

    Alexander the Great may have started the process by conquering so much of the known world in approx 350 BCE. Because of his military victories he brought cultures
    together that were previously unconnected. An example of
    this was the spread of ancient Buddhism from India and the
    surrounding area to Greece and in my opinion to much of
    Europe. Google–The History of Buddhism/Wikipedia
    For possible Buddhist sites in Greece google The Meteora
    Monasteries and for Spain google The Montserret Monasteries. I have located what I believe are Shiva Lingas and images of Buddha at both locations. Buddhists
    were amazing stone cutters of HUGE projects. For examples of their ancient work google The Ellora Caves or
    The Giant Stone Buddhas of Afghanistan. These ancient
    projects measure up to the size and scope of Church Rock
    Utah that I believe was carved by the Buddhist/Hindu
    missionary expedition led by Hwai Shan from 458 to 499.

  • http://chinesediscoveramerica.com/ Hendon Harris

    For an excellent article on Buddhist architecture in the
    early days of Buddhism but especially the rock cut cave
    type architecture of the Church/ Stupa Rock variety google
    “Buddhist Architecture in India”. It’s a well written 17 page
    article that provides unbelievably precise information on
    the construction techniques used in the carving of 5th
    century stupas like Church Rock, Utah. For example prior
    to that time period stupas had three entrances. During
    that period they only had ONE entrance. Church/ Stupa
    Rock has ONE entrance. Church Rock fits in the rock
    cave category because if it was a stupa it was carved both
    inside and outside. It would have been a ountain carved
    into a temple. It certainly would not be the only one. Not even the only one within the last 200 years. Rediscoveries
    of ancient India Buddhist architecture is being found in
    some fairly amazing places.
    the only one discovered within the last 200 years.

  • http://www.chinesediscoveramerica.com/ Hendon Harris

    Ocean currents can be a wonderful tool to use to arrive at your destination a lot sooner provided you are fortunate enough to have an ocean current going your way.
    Long before anyone from Asia may have ever thought about sailing to the Americas the Kamchatka Current
    brought anything that got caught in
    its path going off of the coast of China and Japan north up to Alaska
    and then south along the coast of North America. More than one disabled Asian fishing vessel has
    learned this firsthand.
    Never before has the power of this
    current been more clearly illustrated than it is right now.
    Right now the lead elements of what
    some have estimated to be a million
    tons of debris swept off the coast
    of Japan by the March 2011 tsunami
    are now landing on the coast of British Columbia brought there by
    the Kamchatka current in just nine
    months. Thats at least a year ahead of the schedule that most
    scientists estimated.
    Lets give ancient Asian sailors some credit. Surely they knew of this current and used it to their
    advantage locally as well as quite
    likely to explore as far as North
    America.

  • http://www.chinesediscoveramerica.com/ Hendon Harris

    Although Buddhism originated in India and although the
    Buddhist and Hindu religionists were extremely close for
    at least the first 1200 years of ancient Buddhism many wonder why there are so many Hindu (East India) artifacts
    and customs here in North America. Examples of this are
    the use of the Manji (swastika) by several Native American
    tribes as well as the wide spread use by these tribes of the
    ancient Hindu Seven Step Wedding Ceremony around the
    sacred flame stepped off in a clockwise motion etc. An
    excellent article has been written on this topic.
    Google: “India on pacific waves Hindu wisdom” or
    http://www.hinduwisdom.info/Pacific.htm

  • http://www.chinesediscoveramerica.com/ Hendon Harris

    For another symbol of ancient Asians in North America google: “phallic rocks arches national park utah”. Then compare
    that with a modern image of the same by googling: “china sky pillar”. These symbols are a part
    of the world’s oldest basic religion “shamanism” and they have
    been adopted by its religious replacements-Buddhism, Hinduism, Shintoism etc from the Far East.
    The basic religious beliefs celebrated by Native Americans uses numerous beliefs, symbols, instruments and practises of ancient shamanism.
    I believe these phallic symbols are
    evidence of numerous Asian people here in North America’s ancient past.

  • http://www.chinesediscoveramerica.com/ Hendon Harris

    Is it possible that Hwai Shan or other Buddhist missionaries or converts carved Buddhist symbols into Newspaper Rock, Utah? Do the footprints there all over the rock face tie into Buddhapada, the study of the footprints of Buddha? Do the
    concentric circles carved there into the rock have anything to do the circles of the Asian mandala that later morphed into the medicine wheel and the medicine shield of the Native Americans as
    well as the exact same techniques used by the Navajo, Hopi and Tibetans in their “sand painting”.

  • http://www.chinesediscoveramerica.com/ Hendon Harris

    As time has passed I have done more research on the “Ancient Buddha Tree of Life Lotus Flower Colorado” geoglyphs. By reading Robert Beer’s
    book on Tibetan symbols and motifs I have come to the conclusion that these two images are not only Tibetan Buddhist but they are the two most or among the most important images of Vajrayana (Tibetan) Buddhism. The image on the left is their dagger/ scepter (Vajra) after which their school of Buddhism was named and the image or mandala on the right is of Yamantaka-(conqueror of death)their most important deity. It is no coincidence that these two images are side by side in a remote area of Colorado. To the Tibetans these
    two symbols basically speak of the
    protection of Buddhism from those who would do it harm.

  • http://www.chinesediscoveramerica.com/ Hendon Harris

    Could there be an ancient Persian Manticore in North America? Google:
    “The King Arches National Park” or
    “Persian Manticore North America”.
    The common wisdom is that this is simply natural erosion. However, all three exposed sides of this rock have identical facial features in just the right locations. How can that be a random natural act? Look at these detailed pictures and form your own opinion.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14785210365050289132 Hendon Harris

    There are two formations in North America that I believe point to our
    ancient past and Asiactic influence. You can access them by Googling:
    “The King Arches National Park” and
    “Priest Lake Utah Grids”. The Persian Manticore was a well known symbol in ancient Asia as was the
    Chinese quantitative rectangular grid
    system referred to by Dr. Joseph Needham, renown western China scholar

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14785210365050289132 Hendon Harris

    For more views of pre Columbian rock formations in the Four Corners area
    google “Bisti Badlands Images” or
    “Canadian Goose Bisti” specifically.
    The most common formation there is
    the “Mushroom Rock”. Its my belief
    that these are not mushrooms at all but are “Chattras” (Buddhist Parasols) which are literally translated “mushrooms” from Sanskrit the ancient language of India. For a view of these chattras on the tops of stupas the
    ancient Buddhist Temples google
    “Gandhara Stupa Chattras”. For
    views of these at another location
    google: “Mushroom Rock State Park
    Kansas”. Evidence continues to
    grow pointing to Buddhism in ancient America. Google: “Mandalas
    Manjis Mantras Monuments”.

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