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The "Established Calm" refers to the jianning (建寧) era, from the first years of the reign of Emperor Ling. The actual meaning is closer to "establishing peace". The "Great Hall of Benign Virtue" refers to the wēndédiàn (溫德殿), a hall in the imperial palace. The name means "palace of gentle virtues". The "full-moon ...


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This is not a definitive answer, but I just read some lists of proverbs from various cultures and compiled a few below. The two things I would say are held in common by the samples below: The heart is the seat of emotion, whether joy or sorrow. The heart is the seat of moral character, whether virtue or wickedness. In our modern understanding, we might ...


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Xu Fu, the most famous explorer in Asia to answer this question, DID have some voyages in the Pacific, but for a strange reason, and some superstitions, too! In 219 BC, Xu Fu was sent with three thousand virgin boys and girls to retrieve the elixir of life from the immortals on the Mount Penglai, including Anqi Sheng, who was purportedly a magician who was ...


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Chinese crossbows that shot bullets or pellets (round stone or clay pellets) were primarily used for hunting small animals like birds and squirrels, and continued to be made until the 20th centuries, when they seem to have been banned by Mao as part of his crackdown on traditional Chinese culture. They seem to be used a lot like a sling shot, with the ...


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