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CEYellow Turban Rebellion and the Ten AttendantsIn the final years of the Eastern Han dynasty, treacherous eunuchs and villainous. Romance of Three Kingdoms. Written by: Luo Guanzhong. Translated by: C.H. Brewitt Taylor. Ebook design by: DW Three Kingdoms. Romance of the Three Kingdoms is a historical novel – one of China's most beloved and defining literature works – written by. Luo Guanzhong in the 14th.
In other words, Try to pronounce all the names in this as single syllables. Jue sounds something like "Jyeh", not Jew. Same for Sima where it is between Si and Ma. It's not Koei's fault that some people are too dumb to recognize the differences.
Would anyone have followed the stranger today? I guess he had a gut feeling he could trust the old dude. With the aid of these volumes, you can convert the world and rescue humankind. But you must be single-minded, or, rest assured, you will greatly suffer. If it is a leader you want to be, being single-mided is the last thing you want to be.
Is that flawed or what? The book Essential Art of Peace starts a war and teaches how to cast spells that kill. Is it just me or does anyone else find this weird!!! If he were to use them for personal gain, terrible things could result. The name of the book is a contradiction, but in all honesty, how many times throught the course of history has anything really changed goor or bad, without war first and then political rebuilding?
You can't say that talking things out is the best way to deal with problems, because some people just dont listen. Anyway most of todays powers owe that power to military conquest. Perhaps there won't be a war between European countrys for another years but I doubt it. Price of chickens goes up a tiny bit - the heavens must be punishing our wickedness! We view war as an evil because it's simply unnecessary - military might brough nations under the power of economic influence, and now that is used as the dominant means of persuasion war is bad, so we just don't invade evil regimes, we just don't send them food until their people starve to death and overthrow them for us - everyone wins!
For a recent example of how things might be different: Were I living in northern Sudan at the moment, and hordes of bandits intent on destroying all non-islamic human life roamed the country-side - I would permit the use of potentially deadly force in expediting the safe conduct of my and my dependants to a safer area in which our necessary needs could be met.
Now let's assume we're back in ancient times and there's no UN, no aid agencies and refugee camps with trained doctors and medical supplies waiting for us. In this option this situation the only option for my living in 'Peace' is through war. This is not irony, but a simple statement of a particular scenario that reappears throughout history; people have faced it in the past and will face it in the future.
To live in peace, one must not neglect the affairs of war. Also, when you look at the state of affairs in the country, there really is no other way to incite change for the positive than to overthrow the current leadership class.
They certainly can't go to the Emperor, plead their case, then have him say.
I'm evil and selfish and care nothing for the people! Let me abdicate my throne to you, who have shown me the error in my ways! This is a reoccurring quality that comes with any religious and supernatural teachings. This is because single minded is also close minded and someone who is close minded is easy to breed into a Zealot or Fanatic. By granting near-miraculous powers to one who was willing to brave the unknown, the Han could indeed be "converted" and the corruption in the government would be stopped.
Or, such is the hope. Having said that, i go on to my other interpretations. In ancient chinese literature, old hermits are almost always viewed as wise men who are pure of heart. There was and still is today to a certain extend a general profound respect for old men who are knowledgeable in the ways of chinese medicine and fortune telling.
It can be assumed that the old hermit who gives Zhang Jue the Essential Arts of Peace had faith that Zhang Jue will use its knowledge to bring peace to the world. The old hermit also warns Zhang Jue to be "single minded. But after Zhang Jue took the book and gained followers, he became corrupted by his power and "dreamed of empire.
What the Old Hermit had intended was that Zhang Jue become a powerful sage living among the world of men, and converting them to ways of peace through his powers. He did not mean for Zhang Jue to become a political leader using his powers. Zhang Jue, basically, was supposed to work alone, using his magic to cleanse corrupt emperors, politicians, etc.
In this translation, the real names are inserted into the styles whenever possible to clarify who is who. Therefore the title sounds weird. This involves a bit of Daoism, which includes the belief of entities called "Xian" who are immortal, and wield magical powers. The old man here is not a mortal human, but some sort of quasi-deity.
We've needed a translator for quite a while, and the more we have, the better. A Taoist immortal was the first thing that came to my mind when I read this passage. Zhuang Zi,? Before long, he could summon the winds and command the rain, and he became known as the Mystic of the Way of Peace.
For a mostly agricultural economy, summoning rain and wind in proper amounts would make one a venerated being, and also shows the favor of the Heavens.
The godly medicines brought big successes, and soon he gained the tittle of the Wise and Worthy Master. He began to have a following of disciples whom he initiated into the mysteries and sent abroad throughout all the land. They, like their master, could write charms and recite formulas, and their fame increased his following.
It would have seemed like magic to everyone. Jue could just have made most of the story up, people would still believe him now as well as then. The Turbans probably were just a bunch of peasants who wanted to overthrow their landlords or something, and they saw the shaman guy as a powerful leader who would lead them to freedom.
Or something like that. He established thirty-six circuits, the larger with ten thousand or more members, the smaller with about half that number. Each circuit had its chief who took the military title of General. They talked wildly of the death of the blue heaven and the setting up of the golden one; they said a new cycle was beginning and would bring universal good fortune to all members; and they persuaded people to chalk the symbols for the first year of the new cycle on the main door of their dwellings.
It's a very important and significant event that heralds the downfall of the Later Han and indirectly brings about the rise of the Three Kingdoms era. The Wise and Worthy Master dreamed of empire. One of his partisans, Ma Yuanyi, was sent bearing gifts to gain the support of the eunuchs within the Palace.
Porky -- Chinese Names sometimes consist of 3 syllables Ma Yuan Yi. This was the very thing the Sainted Hermit told him not to do.
But that is already ours. Such an opportunity must not pass. Many yellow flags and banners were made, and a day was chosen for the uprising. Ma Yuanyi was at once taken and beheaded. Feng Xu and many others were cast into prison.
I don't see why change their names by adding some characters. The change was made to avoid confusion. As for Zhang Jue, that's an alternate "romanized" spelling of his name. Thanks KOEI! It was an RPG featuring the three brothers.
I still think it is a great game. And shortly after I noticed the book, at my library, so I picked it up and read it. Holy crap I feel old now, that was like 13 years or so ago. Long live Regular Nintendo!! Even less so at the age of nine.
Then I played a few more. By God that game was terrible. Kessen 2 Wasn't much better I have read a brief explanation of Kessen 2 on yueying. I hate the hype more than the game.
The voices were better than 4, the graphics were better and it seemed altogether more creative than 4. That game got me here so defending it is only right. Poor me. Now that I know there is a actual novel of this I cant wait to read more and more ever day, Koei is great for bringing this to the US. Discern the will of Heaven, O ye people, and walk in the way of righteousness, whereby alone ye may attain to peace.
It just goes to show how even in early times, the louder religious types usually get cast in a negative light in opposition to the modesty of Taoist priests. In that case, the Yellow Turbans were destined to fail, if only because most common folk wouldn't bother or wouldn't get it.
I think the people were probably just impressed by his vast vocabulary. You'd think that the leaders of a massive rebellion would outline their goals for their followers a little more clearly.
They got the message that the government was bad and needed replaced, and they agreed. I'd hardly call it "intellectual and spiritual elitism," as it was meant to appeal to the masses. As for his wording, don't forget, this is a translation of a novel based on historical accounts. There's a very good chance that what he said was nothing like this. He very well may have used more common speech in his proclamation.
On every side people bound their heads with yellow scarves and joined the army of the rebel Zhang Jue, so that soon his strength was nearly half a million strong, and the official troops melted away at a whisper of his coming. The passage should be " Yeah, I remember them referred to as the Yellow Turbans Then again, all my previous knowledge is from DW But perhaps they really did put scarves around thier head, though they just appeared to be turbans?
Ah well These types of clothing may have a unique name than a "scarf", but the article is basically the same thing. Again in that time the wrist was considered a part of the hand. If they wore the scarves on their neck it might have been correct for the time period to refer to the neck as part of the head. But KOEI changed some of the names, and details. If my memory serves me, they were more like that of a scarf rapped around the head, not as thick as a turban.
The word scarves is more fitting to the Yellow Dragon's followers uniforms. There are pictures of the Boxers wearing what look like bandanas on their heads, only their color was crimson.
I could see how something could be both a 'scarf' and a 'turban' at the same time without losing any meaning: a scarf used as a turban. I'm a spanish major and I come across the problem all the time. As a culture we dont have experience with wrapping things around our heads. So what ever their word is, is what it should be called. The same way we dont rename an "bandana" which is spanish, we shouldnt re-name whatever it is that they wear.
Perhaps if someone knows the chinese word for that The chinese word used for "Turban" even though it didnt really mean turban in the novel was Jinpronounced "Jn".
It means a piece of cloth.
In modern chinese, it could mean Turban if the words Tou head Jin clothe were used together or scarf if the words Wei surround Jin clothe were used together. I think members of the yellow turban rebellion wore any articles of yellow clothing since yellow was a very rarely worn color in ancient china. Only the emperor was allowed to wear a full yellow dragon robe.
Firstly, based on original Chinese text, it's not mentioned anywhere that He Jin held the title "Imperial Guardian". Secondly, both "Regent Marshal" and "Imperial Guardian" are kind of bad choice of words. Eventually he overthrows the emperor and establishes himself as emperor. Many men who has tasted 'REAL' power are unwilling to relinquish it. It's taken. It is heartening, at the very least, that he still sought permission from the Son of Heaven before creating his army.
Wielding supreme power, even the greatest tyrants of this novel generally ask the emperor 'permission' for anything they do. It's not like it is actually within the Prince of Heaven's power to deny them. Learning of the approach of the rebels, Liu Yan called in Commander Zhou Jing to consult over the position. Each region had a capital city, often of the same name. Over the time more regions were created.
During the Three Kingdoms period, there were already more than nine regions. A few of the new regions were Xizhou, Yangzhou, and Yongzhou. Imperial Protector was the highest office in an administrative region. We must enlist more troops to oppose them. One of these notices was posted up in the county of Zhuo, where lived one man of high spirit. Under Yuan Shao's leadership, 18 warlords formed a coalition army and launched a punitive campaign against Dong Zhuo.
Dong Zhuo felt threatened after losing the battles of Sishui Pass and Hulao Pass, so he evacuated Luoyang and moved the imperial capital to Chang'an. He forced Luoyang's residents to move together with him and had the city set aflame.
The coalition eventually broke up due to poor leadership and conflicting interests among its members. Sun Jian found the Imperial Seal in the ruins of Luoyang and secretly kept it for himself. Others such as Cao Cao and Liu Bei, who initially had no titles or land, were also gradually forming their own armies and taking control of territories.
During those times of upheaval, Cao Cao saved Emperor Xian from the remnants of Dong Zhuo's forces, established the new imperial capital in Xu and became the new head of the central government. Through his conquests, Cao Cao united central and northern China under his control. The territories he conquered served as the foundation of the state of Cao Wei in the future.
His eldest son, Sun Ce, delivered the Imperial Seal as a tribute to the rising pretender, Yuan Shu, in exchange for reinforcements.
Sun Ce secured himself a state in the rich riverlands of Jiangdong Wu , on which the state of Eastern Wu was founded later. Tragically, Sun Ce also died at the pinnacle of his career from illness under stress of his terrifying encounter with the ghost of Yu Ji, a venerable magician whom he had falsely accused of heresy and executed in jealousy. However, Sun Quan, his younger brother and successor, proved to be a capable and charismatic ruler.
With assistance from Zhou Yu, Zhang Zhao and others, Sun Quan inspired hidden talents such as Lu Su to serve him, built up his military forces and maintained stability in Jiangdong. However, their ambitions were not realised as they did not receive due recognition for helping to suppress the Yellow Turban Rebellion and participating in the campaign against Dong Zhuo.
When Cao Cao showed signs that he wanted to usurp the throne, Emperor Xian wrote a secret decree in blood to his father-in-law, Dong Cheng, and ordered him to get rid of Cao.
However, the plot was leaked out and Cao Cao had Dong Cheng and the others arrested and executed along with their families. Liu Bei had already left the imperial capital when the plot was exposed. He retreated south to Jing Province, where he found shelter under the governor, Liu Biao. He also built up his forces in preparation for war against Cao Cao. Although Liu Bei managed to repel two attacks by Cao Cao at Xinye, he was eventually forced to flee due to the overwhelming strength of the enemy forces.
Or as long as from the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt to today. The other big trait of this novel is the ancient concept of warfare, which is done through glorious feats and massed armies.
Generals are praised not for their tactical genius, but from their personal bravery and acts of heroism. Those who do dabble in strategy and politics, like Cao Cao and Zhuge Liang, are the stark exceptions. The story largely concerns the fall of the Han Empire and its dissolution into three warring kingdoms.
Our heroes are a brotherhood of three warriors, Liu Bei, Zhang Fei, and Guan Yu, who swear an oath of fealty in a peach garden and pledge to protect the empire through its troubles. The main 'antagonist' is the wily Cao Cao, a brilliant trickster-general who also hopes to restore the entire empire. After he preemptively kills another warlord's family for self-defense, he says, "I'd rather betray the whole world than have the world betray me. The sheer scale of the book prevents any discussion of plot points, so I'll sketch a few reactions to broad themes.
The book also ties to the idea of nationalism. The empire falls apart, but it will come back together.