Dec. 30, 2021

S1-E22 - The Cruel Sea

S1-E22 - The Cruel Sea

Despite the failed attempt to create a myth of a Pacific Ocean "Bermuda Triangle" near Taiwan, the seas around this island are indeed cruel... ships sometimes disappear without a trace. It's little wonder the majority of temples here are devoted to Mazu, Goddess of the Sea, who watches over fishermen. We tell of shipping and transport vessels encountering tragedy, but two of this episode's most surprising stories involve unlikely victims: a dashing French baron crossing the Taiwan Strait, and sightseers on a lake cruise.

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Cover image: The Great Wave off Kanagawa, an 1831 ukiyo-e print by Hokusai

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