The Money Story
Bartering and the Establishment of Value
Once upon a time, a Chinese merchant got stranded on a desolate beach.
There was still a lot of food supply in his junk boat hence the men didn’t
mind the rest, while their boss tried to figure out how to get them out of
there. However, they changed their minds the following morning when
they saw fifty men, with standing tall feathers growing out of their heads,
approaching the ship. The strangers had black teeth, shiny swords and
tasseled loin-cloth that they wore down to their ankles. Captain Hong
ordered his men to bring out ten jars of Chinese rice wine.