Huyền Vũ 2: The King, the Dark Warrior, and the Demon of Thất Diệu Mountain

In my previous post regarding the Dark Warrior, Huyền Vũ 1: The Black Tortoise, I detailed my search for this mythical hero. I bounced around from historic materials, to mythology, to star charts, and I was able to determine a couple of things concretely. 257 BCE was the initial point in time when we Viets … Continue reading Huyền Vũ 2: The King, the Dark Warrior, and the Demon of Thất Diệu Mountain

So.  I'm not sure if I told you guys, but I do have a Chinese name. The character is thus: 美 It means beautiful in Mandarin.  It also means the good ole USA, but that's just because it is a homonym for my country's name (I am a citizen of the US, so it is … Continue reading

Hungry Ghosts 5: Yes, China’s Hungry Ghosts Have Been Roaming

Now that thousands and thousands of Taoist and Buddhist temples have been boarded up, condemned, or razed to the ground, the plights of the monks and the temple members are quite clear. Most monks, stripped of their rights to wear the cà sa--monk robes--must don regular clothes and meld into mainstream society.   The people carry … Continue reading Hungry Ghosts 5: Yes, China’s Hungry Ghosts Have Been Roaming