Eden in the East book. Read 18 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. This book completetly changes the established and conventional vie. The hypothesis in 'Eden in the East' suggests an alternative to conventional ideas of the continent of Southeast Asia - now a lost and half-sunken Eden. This book completetly changes the established and conventional view of prehistory by relocating the Lost Eden—the world's first civilisation—to Southeast Asia.
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Request PDF on ResearchGate | Eden in the East: The Drowned Continent of Southeast Asia | Eden in the East: The Drowned Continent of Southeast Asia. Tal civilizations in the West" (p. 1). Linguistic Evidence for the History of West African Most of Eden in the East is devoted to establishing the plausi- Castes. Eden in the East: The Drowned Continent of Southeast Asia. Stephen Oppenheimer. London: Orion (Weidenfeld and Nicolson), pp.
Aug 13, Jerome K rated it really liked it This is kind of academic. But I was reading more for the subject matter: about the possibility of a South East Asian continent that was the original cradle of civilisation, before it was drowned by rising water levels at the end of the last ice age. The first part of the book which deals with data on the flooding is a bit of a long haul. The second part which dealt with comparisons of similar folklore between various cultures to see where the original story came from is much more interesting for This is kind of academic. The second part which dealt with comparisons of similar folklore between various cultures to see where the original story came from is much more interesting for me. I'd recommend this to anyone with a keen interest in South East Asian indigenous cultures or pre-colonial history.
He worked as senior specialist paediatrician in Brunei from to He returned to England in , writing the book Eden in the East: the drowned continent of Southeast Asia, published in The book synthesised work across a range of disciplines, including oceanography , archaeology , linguistics , social anthropology and human genetics. This was followed in by The Origins of the British: a genetic detective story, on the post-glacial peopling of Great Britain and Ireland.
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August Eden in the East. The Real Eve. Citing evidence from geology, archaeology, genetics, linguistics, and folklore, he hypothesizes that the Southeast Asian subcontinent of Sundaland was home to a rich and original culture that was dispersed when Sundaland was mostly submerged and its population moved westward.
According to Oppenheimer, Sundaland's culture may have reached India and Mesopotamia, becoming the root for the innovative cultures that developed in those areas. He also suggests that the Austronesian languages originate from Sundaland and that a Neolithic Revolution may have started there.
It now appears that the great rise in sea level after the last ice age, known about for many years, was not gradual; three sudden ice-melts, the last of which was only years ago, had catastrophic effects on tropical coasts with flat continental shelves.
Rapid land loss was compounded by superwaves, set off by cracks in the earth s crust as the weight of ice shifted to the seas.
Archaeology holds the most accurately dated clues to the past. I have devoted two chapters to archaeological evidence found on coasts and in caves throughout the Indo-Pacific region. All of the technological 'firsts' which signalled man's emergence from the long Palaeolithic era towards the end of the Ice Age come from the Pacific Rim islands.
These include evidence of deliberate long-distance sailing and grinding of cereal flour in the Solomon islands from 30, years ago. The world's first pots, 12, years old, come from Japan. The first evidence that swamps were drained for agriculture comes from the New Guinea Highlands 9, years ago. These snapshots hint at a much older history to the discovery of Neolithic skills in the East. The better archaeological preservation of the later stages of human development in Mesopotamia and Egypt, however, has given rise to the view that civilization started in the West.
I review the evidence of the spoken word in the two linguistic chapters. Experts in the history of language now recognise that Southeast Asia not Europe or West Asia was the centre of language dispersal at the end of the Ice Age. The ancestral language of the Micronesians and Polynesians did not come out of China, as has been recently assumed, but further south over years ago out of the drowning islands of Indonesia.
The most dramatic new findings in this book come out of my own research field. I have published more than 25 scientific papers on the genetic prehistory of the Indo-Pacific region over the past 15 years. Building on my initial work, in Eden in the East I have shown that genetic disorders can be used as people-markers revealing a new view of prehistoric migrations in the Indo-Pacific region.
This paper arose directly out of my research for Eden in the East.
It provides compelling evidence that Polynesians and other argonauts of the Indian and Pacific Oceans originated in eastern Indonesia back in the Ice Age rather than in China, as previously thought. This finding alone forces the realisation that the Polynesians' skills of sailing, navigation, astronomy and agriculture had their origins, back in Indonesia, during the Ice Age.
Another objective tool that I use to explore ancient East-West cultural influence in the last part of the book is comparative mythology. Uniquely shared folklore shows that counterparts and originals for nearly every Middle Eastern and European mythological archetype, including the Flood, can be found in the islands of eastern Indonesia and the southwest Pacific. Southeast Asia is revealed as the original Garden of Eden and the Flood as the force which drove people from Paradise.