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Gordon and the Garden of Eden

A fascinating blog post from Dr Richard Aspin at the Wellcome Library, on General Gordon‘s biblical but decidedly bizarre researches on Mauritius when posted there in the Royal Engineers (1881-2). Place names, conjecture and most importantly the flora convinced Gordon that the Garden of Eden had been in the Seychelles, that Breadfruit was the Tree of Life, and that the suggestively shaped Coco-de-Mer nut was the Tree of Knowledge offered by Eve to Adam, the Genesis Deluge having since flooded the land around. For the full story, follow the link…