Remarkable Women in Ancient China (5)- Fu Hao

Who is she: A woman whose surname or first name was Hao (Fu is some kind of prestigious title) who was one of the sixty-odd wives to Wu Ding, the Emperor of the Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 BC) The first known female military commander in Chinese history, also a politician and overseer of rites/fortune telling ceremoniesContinue reading “Remarkable Women in Ancient China (5)- Fu Hao”

Chinese Lore- A selection of Mythical Flora (2)

I usually run my Remarkable Women in ancient China (RWAC) series this month but I didn’t want a break in between the Mythical Flora series so I decided to move back the RWAC post to next month. Face Tree Physical Description: A tree with branches that sprout peach-like fruits with human faces  Lore: Another lifeformContinue reading “Chinese Lore- A selection of Mythical Flora (2)”

Chinese Lore- A selection of Mythical Flora (1)

Shadow Wood Physical Description: A tree distinguishable because in the day-time, each of its leaves has one hundred of the Chinese character that means “shadow” on it while at night its flowers will shine like stars. This tree will only bear fruit every 10 000 years. Its fruits are as large as a melon, withContinue reading “Chinese Lore- A selection of Mythical Flora (1)”

Chinese Lore- Legendary Chinese String Instruments (Guqin) (3)

Now, the last of this series: Pillar Circler Appearance & Characteristics: Its name came from a story published in a famous ancient text: a renowned female singer from the Han region in the Zhou dynasty who was travelling to the Qi kingdom but ran out of money half way and so had to resort toContinue reading “Chinese Lore- Legendary Chinese String Instruments (Guqin) (3)”

Chinese Lore- Legendary Chinese Broadswords and Knives (Dao) (2)

The broadsword that I’m describing today has really dramatic and awesome lore.   No. 7: Cold Moon Appearance & Construction: Forged by Madam Xu of the Warring States period before the Qin Dynasty.   Lore: There is a very grand lore surrounding this blade. Specifically, it goes as follows: Madam Xu was originally a scholarContinue reading “Chinese Lore- Legendary Chinese Broadswords and Knives (Dao) (2)”

Chinese Lore- Legendary Chinese Broadswords and Knives (Dao) (1)

Another of my Chinese lore posts and this time it would stretch across a number of posts. Pictures for some of the “weapons” in this submission can be seen at http://baike.baidu.com/view/795444.htm. What’s available are for no 4 up to no 9. Same as usual, I’m starting with no. 10 and working backwards to no. 1.Continue reading “Chinese Lore- Legendary Chinese Broadswords and Knives (Dao) (1)”

Chinese Lore- Legendary Chinese String Instruments (Guqin) (2)

Continuing from last time, here’s the next snippet and the last one of this series will be posted this Friday/Thursday. Scorched Tail Appearance & Characteristics: Made from a scorched block of wood from a Chinese parasol tree, its name is derived from the fact that the tail of this instrument shows visible scorch marks. Lore:Continue reading “Chinese Lore- Legendary Chinese String Instruments (Guqin) (2)”

Chinese Lore- Legendary Chinese String Instruments (Guqin) (1)

Over this and the next post, I will be covering the 10 greatest guqins in ancient China. Guqin literally means ancient string instrument. It is basically a musical instrument of the zither family (multiple strings stretched across a flat body). It typically has seven strings but there is a more ancient version with five stringContinue reading “Chinese Lore- Legendary Chinese String Instruments (Guqin) (1)”

Chinese Lore- Legendary Chinese bows (2)

Continuing from last time: No. 5: The Heaven Shaker Lore: wielded by Xue Ren Kui, a famous general in the Tang dynasty. In 661 AD, Xue Ren Kui was fighting against the Uighurs, a group of nomads from Northern Asia who were strong riders and whose bows could create winds that shake the heaven. InContinue reading “Chinese Lore- Legendary Chinese bows (2)”

Chinese Lore- Legendary Chinese bows (1)

I almost forgot about today’s post but luckily I seemed to have developed some kind of reflex around posting on Mondays and Fridays (not bad since it’s close but not yet half a year since I started this blog). Anyway, I have to admit that I’m still on my lethargy phase with respect to novelContinue reading “Chinese Lore- Legendary Chinese bows (1)”