Chine of China

These are the generations of the seven antecedents of Chine, the chosen of the Great Spirit, Ormazd, otherwise, in Fonecean, Eloih; that is to say:

Tse‘wong begot Hi-gan, who begot Ah So, who begot T-soo Yong, who begot Ah Paing, who begot T-chook Lee, who begot Tschine Loo, who begot Ah Sho‘e, who begot Tschin‘e (Chine), gifted in su‘is and sar‘gis of six generations.

Of these, T-soo Yong and Ah So were prophets of E-O-IH (Ormazd), and Ah Sho‘e was a seer; but the six generations could hear the Voice, and they walked upright, keeping the commandments of E-O-IH as revealed in the Zarathustrian laws.

Ah Sho‘e was a basket-maker, and was like the man Zarathustra; and Chine, his son, was the fourth birth of Ah Sho‘e‘s wife, Song Heng. Like Moses, Chine was of copper color, and very large, but his hair was red, like a fox, and he was bashful and of few words.

Ah Sho‘e, i.e., Chine‘s father, said: I have had other sons; my words are wise and true; Chine was unlike any child born in the world; for boy child, or girl child, no physician could tell which, but rather to the boy kind was he. The angel of E-O-IH (Ormazd) came to me before the birth and said: The child shall be called Chine, signifying no sex; as it is written among the ancients, i-e-su, having no earthly desires. For, he shall restore the chosen people of E-O-IH.

Before the birth I told the physicians of this prophecy, but they would not believe. Nevertheless, by command of E-O-IH, I sent for seven physicians to witness the birth, lest it be said afterward the surgeons have dealt wrongly with the child at its birth.

The following physicians came: Em Gha, Tse Thah, Ah Em Fae, Te Gow, T‘si, Du Jon, Foh Chaing, and Ah Kaon, and they witnessed the child being born, to which they made oath,1094 and a record of it, touching the strangeness of such a birth, and of the prophecy of its coming into the world; this record was put in the Ha Ta‘e King (library) of records belonging to the Sun King [state records –Ed.].

Being now in my old age, I, Ah Sho‘e, put these things on record, of which hundreds have come to ask me concerning the growing up of Chine.

First, that he was the laziest of all children, and dull past belief. For his brothers and sisters mocked him, concerning my prophecy, as to becoming a great man.

Second, he ate less than a small bird (Fa‘ak), and grew so thin we were ashamed of him in his childhood; truly he was nothing but skin and bone, with a large head.

Third, when he walked about, the stools and tables moved out of his way; and yet no hand touched them.

Fourth, the angels of E-O-IH often carried him about the hut, and would lift him up to pick fruit from the trees.

Fifth, he never laughed, but was serious and pleasant, like an old man who had abandoned the world. But he spoke so little no man knew whether he was wise or stupid.

When he was three years old his mother weaned him, or rather he weaned himself. And from that time on, he never ate anything but fruit and nuts and grains of rice. When he was sixteen years old he began to grow suddenly large and strong, and of deep color. After which I procured a teacher for him; but lo and behold, he could learn a whole book in a day. He learned by hearing once; nor did he forget anything he learned.

In his twenty-second year he began to talk, and the angels of heaven spoke through him also. And his speech was full of wisdom.

From sunrise in the morning until late at night his tongue did not cease speaking. And his mouth was as if it were the mouthpiece of heaven. For after one angel had discoursed before the audience for a while, another came, and then another, and so on; and when none came, then Chine himself spoke.

And there came before him men of great learning, and philosophers, to try him as to his knowledge; but they all went away confounded, as if they were fools. Nor was it possible to ask him a question that he could not answer correctly. Whether it was to read a tablet or to reveal the size and design of a temple he never saw; or the sickness of a man who was far away; for all things were like an open book to him.

For four years this great wisdom remained in him, and his fame spread from the east to the west, and from the north to the south; no man knew how far. When he was asked how far he could see and hear, he said: Over all my land. And he marked with his finger, saying: On this tablet, Chine land! ||

Thus was the country named Chine (China), which it bears to this day.

Ah Sho‘e said: Suddenly Chine‘s abundant speech ceased, and he answered only yes and no to all things. And he was thus silent for seven years and eighty days. And then the angels from the second heaven (etherea) came to him. After that he did not speak as man (except in private), but he spoke as the All Light, of which the world knows the rest.