The Chinese eunuch admiral Zheng – History and the Eunuch

The Chinese eunuch admiral Zheng – History and the Eunuch



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Did this Eunuch Admiral map the entire world?!


The Chinese eunuch admiral Zheng


Startling new evidence suggests that not only was America discovered by the Chinese the Eunuch Admiral that discovered it supplied the world maps to the King of Portugal to give to Columbus!

It’ strange, but it seems to most that transgender people were ‘invented’ when the first medical team carried out the surgery in the 1930’s.

But like any group, the transgender community goes back a long way! To the beginnings of time!

Well, the Bible speaks of ‘the Eunuchs’, the Chinese have been castrating people for thousands of years – how many were forced and how many volunteered is hard to say but people no-doubt did volunteer if we judge by today’s community.

We know ancient tribes had two-spirit cross-dressers. And this brings us neatly to possibly the most influential Seafarer ever[!] who was a Eunuch! As were all of his admirals!

Sir Francis Drake in earrings and tights has nothing on this!

It was the year 1421, The Year a Chinese Eunuch Admiral Discovered America, Australia and it seems the rest of the World – And we are not joking!!! – the map used by Columbus was obtained by the Portuguese from the Chinese!

The Chinese eunuch admiral Zheng commanding the fleets during the early 1400s, and whose trips were well documented.

But the real peak in Chinese maritime prowess is symbolized in the extraordinary revised  tale of this one man: Admiral Zheng He (pronounced jung huh).

During his 28 year naval career, Admiral Zheng visited 37 countries, traveled around the tip of Africa into the Atlantic Ocean and commanded a single fleet whose numbers surpassed the combined fleets of all Europe. Between 1405 and 1433, at least 317 ships and 37,000 men were under his command. The flagship of the fleet was a nine-masted vessel measuring 440 feet, nearly 1.5 times the length of a football fields. Traveling with him was Sanbao who created a set of 24 maps praised for their accuracy. Zheng’s journeys also stimulated a number of important maritime inventions, including central rudders, watertight compartments and various new types of sails. Perhaps more importantly, his voyages demonstrated the power of the Chinese civilization and yielded many important liasons between China and other nations.

What makes Zheng’s career even more remarkable is his rags-to-riches life story. Born as Ma He in 1371 to poor Muslim parents in Southwest China, he was captured as a young boy by the Chinese Army and castrated [penis and testicles, click here for more on castration], as many prisoners of that time were so treated. Nonetheless, he dedicated himself to his studies, learning several languages and philosophy. At the age of ten, he was hired by a prince, who overthrew the emperor and rewarded Zheng He with command of the fleet.

Admiral Zheng died in 1433 at the age of 60 on a return voyage from Africa. While his achievements are little known in the West (who give perhaps undue praise to Christopher Columbus), there are at least six images of Admiral Zheng preserved in temples.

Soon after the Admiral’s death, political changes in China diminished the importance of the Navy. It has not been the same since.
The Discovery!!!

A new book uses this information and builds on it…

“[…] On the 8th of March, 1421, the largest fleet the world had ever seen sailed from its base in China. The ships, huge junks nearly five hundred feet long and built from the finest teak, were under the command of Emperor Zhu Di’s loyal eunuch admirals. Their mission was ‘to proceed all the way to the end of the earth to collect tribute from the barbarians beyond the seas’ and unite the whole world in Confucian harmony. The journey would last over two years and circle the globe.

When they returned Zhu Di lost control and China was beginning its long, self-imposed isolation from the world it had so recently embraced. The great ships rotted at their moorings and the records of their journeys were destroyed. Lost was the knowledge that Chinese ships had reached America seventy years before Columbus and circumnavigated the globe a century before Magellan.

They had also discovered Antarctica, reached Australia three hundred and fifty years before Cook and solved the problem of longitude three hundred years before the Europeans…”

Since the speech delivered at the Royal Geographical Society, the world-wide publication of the hardback, and the considerable publicity that was generated by these events, a wealth of new supporting evidence has poured in. The 1421 team has received over 40,000 emails and letters since first publication of the book in November 2002. This correspondence has been invaluable, incorporating new leads for research, new evidence, suggestions and corrections, and gratefully-received offers of assistance.

1421 The Year China Discovered the World
Gavin Menzies
Published by Bantam Press, London
Price: Only £8.99 From

Zheng He’s ships
As depicted in a Chinese woodblock print.

Zheng’s Monstrous Flagship Junk
Here compared to Columbus’ ‘canoe!’ ;o)

So, there it is a Eunuch admiral discovered America and Australia – although I have always had issues with this – I mean the native [two-spirit transgender] Americans were there first as were the native Australians – I wonder if they had a say? I am off to claim France and I have a flag! 😉


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