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Chau Kwang-yin --The Founder of the Sung Dynasty

Chau Kwang-yin --The Founder of the Sung Dynasty The Birth of the Founder of the Sung Dynasty The historian tells us that the birth of the founder of the Sung dynasty was marked by very unusual natural phenomena. Immediately after he was born the sky was filled with reddish clouds that overhung the house where the child was, and for three days the dwelling was pervaded by a most fragrant odour. People at the time remarked to each other that all this portended a great future for the boy, and his mother believed that he would one day occupy a distinguished position amongst his fellow-men. Willing to Die For Their Emperor In the year of A. D. 954, the founder of "After Chou" dynasty, Kwo-wei, died and and was succeeded by his son. No sooner had the news gone abroad that Kwo-wei was dead than Liu-tsung, the Prince of the Northern Han, moved forward his own army of thirty thousand men, and a considerable force of Khitans as allies with him, and began the siege of the im

Hurry, Scurry and Chaos: Hundun

The Classics of Mountains and Seas says, there is a god on the mountain of Celestial Mountain,  whose form resembles a yellow sack with a red aura like cinnabar. He has six legs and four wings and exists in a state of confusion with no face or eyes. He knows how to sing and dance for he is, in fact, Di-Jiang. This God Di-Jiang was actually the Cosmogonic Chaos, or Hundun. The Book  Master Zhuang says, the Ruler of the Southern Ocean was Shû, the Ruler of the Northern Ocean was Hû, and the Ruler of the Centre was Chaos. Chaos looked like a red, faceless bird with four wings and six legs, and was born without the seven bodily openings of other humans. Shû and Hû were continually meeting in the land of Chaos, who treated them very well. They consulted together how they might repay his kindness, and said, `Men all have seven orifices for the purpose of seeing, hearing, eating, and breathing, while this (poor) Ruler alone has not one. Let us try and make them for him.' Accordingly