Panel no. 3: Utopian Mirrors and Images
This panel proposes a few “utopian” mirrors and images, that is reflections elsewhere of Utopia’s world or theories, or possible answers to some nagging questions about Utopia, such as “What country on earth corresponds best to Utopia? What devotion practices inspired the Utopian religions?”
The first paper will be François Mancel (Independent scholar, Paris, France) given in French. It proposes to examine the correspondences between More's Utopia and India as far as customs and traditions are concerned,. It will consider more precisely Utopia and Siam on a geographical, historical and symbolical level. A map of the world dated 1459, determines an India Prima, an India secunda, and an India tertia where flows the Pishon, the 4th river of Paradise, also suggested in More's Utopia. The study will present a number of data to support its theory.
L'Utopie, l'Inde et le Siam
Thomas More, les Maurya et Frère Maur