Cochin Kerala Protected By Chinese Emperor
Couple of Nations know how to preserve their History in Asia.
They are China and Japan.
These two countries were relatively free of the systematic destruction of their culture by the West,while other countries in Asia, including and especially India allowed their History to be either wiped out or distorted with misinformation to such an extent that it is well neigh impossible to convince the people of these countries of their hoary past.
India has a unique past and I have been unraveling its past through this blog for the past ten years.Aware that people trust foreign sources rather than indigenous ones,I have , mostly,been providing references from Foreign Researchers, Literature in addition to evidence from Archeology, Astronomy,Archeo-Astronomy,Cultural affinity,Customs.
However much one tries,the History of China and Japan of yore is difficult to unravel.
But they have referred to and recorded facts about India.
Now I am providing information from Chinese Ming Dynasty that it protected Cochin,Kerala around 14th Century.
Cochin was a protectorate under Chinese.
Kerala,of which Cochin is a part,was preceded by the Chera Emperors of South India who find mention in Ramayana and Mahabharata.
‘On the Malabar coast during the early 15th century, Calicut and Kochi were in an intense rivalry, so the Ming dynasty of China decided to intervene by granting special status to Kochi and its ruler known as Keyili (可亦里) to the Chinese. Calicut had been the dominant port-city in the region, but Kochi was emerging as its main rival. For the fifth Ming treasure voyage, Admiral Zheng He was instructed to confer a seal upon Keyili of Kochi and enfeoff a mountain in his kingdom as the Zhenguo Zhi Shan (鎮國之山, Mountain Which Protects the Country).Zheng He delivered a stone tablet, inscribed with a proclamation composed by the Yongle Emperor himself, to Kochi.
Ming Treasure Voyages
On 14 November 1416, the Yongle Emperor returned to Nanjing.On 19 November, a grand ceremony was held where the Yongle Emperor bestowed gifts to princes, civil officials, military officers, and the ambassadors of 18 countries.On 19 December, the eighteen ambassadors were received at the Ming court.On 28 December, they visited the Ming court to take their leave and were bestowed robes before their departure.That day, the Yongle Emperor ordered the undertaking of the fifth voyage, which had the avowed objective to return the 18 ambassadors and to reward their kings.
Admiral Zheng He and other unnamed people had received orders to escort the ambassadors back home.They carried imperial letters and many gifts for several kings.The King of Cochin received special treatment, because he had sent tribute since 1411 and later also sent ambassadors to request the patent of investiture and a seal.The Yongle Emperor granted him both requests, conferred to him a long inscription (allegedly composed by the emperor himself), and gave the title “State Protecting Mountain” to a hill in Cochin