Professor says Taiwan is mythical Atlantis

Qixingshan or proof that Taiwan is Atlantis? Photo by peellden via Wikimedia Commons

He Xianrong (何顯榮), professor of ancient Taiwanese civilization, believes Taiwan is Plato’s mythical ancient civilization of Atlantis, according to a UDN report. However, Academia Sinica archaeologist Liu Yichang (劉益昌) believes that the current “evidence” that Taiwan is Atlantis is difficult to prove. Liu says that he respects the professor’s research but does not believe the island was Atlantis as there isn’t sufficient archaeological evidence to support the claim.

He Xianrong claims international scholars agree that such proof should be used to develop tourism, but that it’s “a pity” Taiwan doesn’t take advantage. He says Taiwan should study the ancient civilization or even develop tourism to promote the connection. He is set to present a lecture on “Understanding ancient Taiwan,” which may include some of his evidence pertaining to Atlantis, at 青藝術協會與 at 19:00 on October 24.

He Xianrong said yesterday that 14 years ago renowned British and Japanese scholars were invited to Penghu for field research around Hujing and confirmed that the city is built on an artificial seabed that could be related to the ancient civilization. He has published papers in international journals, pointing out that Plato’s Atlantis was destroyed by a flood and earthquake, which could be related to a major tsunami in ancient northeastern Taiwan.

He Xianrong claims there are 16 pieces of evidence to support his claim. The tricolor stones in Su’ao are supposedly related to descriptions of Atlantis’ capital city. He also believes remains of the ancient civilization can be found in alleged pyramids at Taipei’s Qixing Mountain as well as Keelung’s Eagle Rock.

One such piece of evidence, which can be found in He’s research published online in 2013, is that Taiwan is a large island with mountains, much like Atlantis was.

Although Liu disagrees on the fact that Taiwan was once Atlantis, he notes, “The study of ancient Taiwan civilization should indeed be valued, we can then discuss the research.”

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