Psalmanazar's hoax only ended in 1706 when the 'lying genius' got too tired of his play and revealed his true face as a genuine European.
George Psalmanazar (1679-1763) was named by some historians as the most talented liar in history. This liar genius has 'pierced ' the whole of England for a long time with extremely attractive myths.
George Psalmanazar - the genius liar pierced the whole British society at that time.
Despite its appearance very similar to Europeans, George Psalmanazar identified himself as once from the island of Formosan in Asia - the land at that time still very mysterious to Europeans - and first arrived in Europe. . To convince people to believe in him, Psalmanazar often spoke in a strange language, dressed like nothing else and practiced mysterious colorful rituals that no one understood the meaning.
Psalmanazar meticulously recounted the strange customs on the island of Formosan. He even wrote a book called 'Descriptions of Formosan Island History and Geography'. According to the book, the men on the island usually do not wear clothes, only use a belt to cover "your" and their favorite food is a snake, caught using a stick.
With his reputation built, Psalmanazar has traveled extensively to give lectures on the history and language of his strange land, even translating unrealistic literary works about fictional land. that.
Faced with skepticism about his European-like appearance, Psalmanazar asserted that everyone in the aristocracy of Formosan had pale skin because they lived in houses deep in the ground.
Psalmanazar's hoax only ended in 1706 when the 'lying genius' got too tired of his play and revealed his true face as a genuine European. However, Psalmanazar was not condemned or punished by British society. Later, he became a theologian and associated with many famous 18th-century British intellectuals.