Buckminster Fuller, well-known for the perfectly round 'Fuller
Dome' which is said to enable to completely cover the whole Manhattan,
wrote a fairly tale titled 'Tetra Scrolls' for his lovely daughter.
Buckminster Fuller is nicknamed 'Bucky' among Americans, while he
is also described as 'Leonardo da Vinci of America' appreciating
his diverse inspirations and inventions of a genius.
Well, why not the fairly tale des not finish as a simple story because
Bucky has written it, the fairly tale flexibly shows us his own
Fuller World from the elemental particle theory to the cosmology.
The loved daughter, I remember she was still before 10 years old,
who could, probably, understand this fairly tale had to be somebody,
sure is it.
In the latter half of the fairly tale, Bucky, the person like a mass
of rationalism, surprises us not a little by completely changing a
way of talking that the human civilization started from Polynesia
and gradually spread all over the world. The civilization began on
not the land but the sea, and spread out over individual continents
ascended big rivers. As Bucky, the above is a considerably unprecedented,
scientifically suspicious and even irrational-looking argument!
In the Sanskrit a dragon is called 'Naga,' it is because the memory
that the civilization ascended rivers like a dragon and it is as well
proof that the civilization originated in the sea, continues Bucky.
As its proof, we say sailing as navigation and a country as a nation,
it is all based on this 'Naga,' and at last the 'Naga' reached the
Northern Europe and became a saga, the saga which means a legacy of
heroes and is used now as a long-run novel.
The 'Naga' had come up to Japan, and it became 'Nagare' stream, the
'Nagaragawa-river', 'Nada' the open sea and so on, Bucky even refers
By the way, my name 'Namba' and Osaka's ancient name 'Naniwa' are
also come from the 'Naga,' a dragon was a water god, 'Namba' was a
tribe name who administered water and 'Naniwa' was the place-name
of a water city.
Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian adventurer, who crossed the Southern Pacific
from the east to the west on a raft, demonstrated the diffusion of
the ancient civilization and became famous with publishing 'The Adventure
of the Kon-Tiki,' Bucky was on friendly footing on him personally,
hence it can presume that he might affected Bucky's above sayings,
but then we are easily satisfied with Bucky's way of persuasive talking.
'Well, that makes a lot of sense'
'Murakami Suigun,' a navy tribe who flourished based on the Inland
Sea of Japan, the ancient name 'Naniwa' of Osaka is also from 'Naga,'
'Wako' devastated the East China Sea, it's better not to simply write
down them as pirates, 'Maja Pahit Kingdom' who established the ocean
empire which was rare in the world history, Okinawa was also part
of it, sailors and traders from all over the world who ran around
the Indian Ocean with the monsoon, a lot of the same ships as in those
days still flourish now, 'Basque' who put aside enormous wealth by
secretly monopolizing cod fishery offshore the Newfound Land, Francisco
Xabier famous for a missionary to Japan was also Basque, merchants
in Phoenicia and Venice who competed with each other for supremacy
over the Mediterranean, Phoenician brought the alphabet and Venetian
the double-entry bookkeeping, adventurers such as Columbus who voyaged
to the New Continent in the Navigation Age, the beginning of high-risk
and high-return, it is another matter whether the civilization began
on the sea or not, the sea history is glorious no less than the land
In 'Kojiki,' one of the oldest Japanese myths, for some reason or
other 'Yamahiko,' a mountain man, was a good guy while 'Umihiko,'
a sea man, was forced into a bad guy.
In a grand sumo tournament, the Japanese national game, a sumo wrestler
with a name of 'Yama,' a mountain, and another sumo wrestler with
a name of 'Umi,' the sea, firstly do leg stomps which beat the earth
and fight each other scrimmaging one another on a round wrestling
ring, furthermore they put a topknot on the head which symbolizes
a bird. How symbolic they are!
There was a legend of 'A white god coming over the sea' in the Incaic
Empire in the South America, by abusing this legend Francisco Pizzaro
easily plundered the Empire and its treasures, it might have been
the large-scale looting of cultural assets for the first time in history.
There was a legend of 'People coming from the sea' in the Middle and
Near East as well, the Filantine, named by Israeli and Palestinian
today, came to this land bringing pottery making skill from Levant,
the area near Turk in the Aegean Sea, they might have been the said
people, it is presumed so.
People living on the sea knew that the earth was round through their
experience, while people living on the land believed that the earth
was flat, and intuitionally understood that all beings were dynamic
like ocean, not stable like ground.
The symbolic proof is basketwork; people on the land makes a basket
in two directions, vertical and horizontal, while people on the sea
makes it in three directions, vertical, horizontal and diagonal, otherwise
a basket can not proof dynamic force or motion, concluded Bucky admiring
people of the sea.