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Jiaotu is the ninth son of the dragon. He enjoys listening to the tunes played by stringed instruments, so his image can often be found on ancient Chinese instruments, especially stringed instruments.
He is also regarded as the ancient guardian with the task of watching over and guarding homes. Therefore, his image is always carved on doors. Read the rest of this entry »
The Four Great Classical Novels in China, also called the Four Major Classical Novels of Chinese literature, are the four novels regarded as the greatest and most influential of Chinese literature.
In chronological order, they are:
Romance of the Three Kingdoms – Written in the early Ming Dynasty, it was also known as the first historical novel in China.
In China, celebrating the Chinese New Year is also called passing of Nian in Chinese. Here, Nian means “year” in Chinese.
Legend goes that a Nian was a man-eating beast with a long head and sharp horn. It lived under the sea but in each spring, it came out to harm humans. Fortunately, the beast was defeated by an immortal god who disguised as an old man. From then on, it was never seen again. However, it was still believed to exist. In order to keep the beast away, every Chinese New Year’s Eve, Read the rest of this entry »
Shui Hu Zhuan, also called Water Margin, Outlaws of the Marsh or The Marshes of Mount Liang in English, is one of the Four Great Classical Novels in ancient Chinese literature. Attributed to Shi Naian, it tells the telling the story of why and how 108 heroes (105 men, 3 women) gathering at the Water Margin and leading an outlaw army fought against pompous, heartless tyrants.
The novel is based on historical events of the 12th century and roughly covers the history of the Song Dynasty(960–1279). According to historians, some of the persons actually existed in history of that period, such as Song Jiang, Yang Zhi. Read the rest of this entry »
Suanni is the 8th son of the dragon. He looks like the lion and some people even said that he was the alias of the lion.
He does not like moving but likes sitting and observing very much. Also, he is fond of smoke and fire. Therefore, his image can usually be found on top of incense burners and candle stands. Read the rest of this entry »