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Xue Baochai is one of the Twelve Beauties of Jinling (refers to the twelve excellent ladies) in the book of The Dream of Red Mansions. She is a beautiful and elegant lady, who is eager for official career.
Xue Baochai is the daughter of Aunt Xue, the sister of Ms. Wang. She gets on well with everybody in the family of Jia. Being well educated, she possesses profound aesthetic accomplishments and has a wide range of knowledge of literature, art, history and medicine. Read the rest of this entry »
Jia Yuanchun is one of the Twelve Beauties of Jinling (refers to the twelve excellent ladies) in the book of The Dream of Red Mansions. She is the daughter of Jia Zheng and Lady Wang and is called Yuanchun as she was born on the first day of the first lunar month.
She is the political backing for the family of Jia and as a concubine of the Emperor, she really brought the wealth and glory to her family. However, she was not happy about her life in the palace and regarded her life as a pale life without energy and freedom.
After the visit to her parents, she never had the chance to get out of the palace again. Actually, she and her family were separated by death forever. What she had lost was not only the freedom, but also her life. Her life was deeply destroyed by the feudal system at that time. Read the rest of this entry »
The God of Thunder, also called Lei Shen, Lei Kung or “Raytheon”, is a supernatural being who is in charge of thunder in heaven in ancient Chinese myth. He also can distinguish good and evil and uphold justice. It is said that he always carries a drum and mullet to make thunder to punish both earthly mortals guilty of secret guilty and evil spirits.
The image of God of Thunder has existed in China for a long time which can date back to the period of the Warring States (475BC~221BC). According to ancient records, he has a monkey-like face with three eyes on and two wings on his back. He was also very strong.
The legend goes that, the god was originally a mortal. He was always persecuted by villain. After his death, he went to the heaven and told Jade Emperor about his tragic experience. Jade Emperor sympathized with him in his sufferings and conferred the God of Thunder on him. Then he had the power to chase away the evil spirits and punish criminals.
He is regarded as the symbol of justice. People have worshiped him since ancient times. Many temples were built in honor of him, which express people’s desire for fairness and justice.