Category Archives: Chinese tradition

Red Head Covers

At a traditional Chinese wedding, the bride is often seen with a red veil on her head. It covers the bride’s face. Chinese people call the veil, made of a laced silk square, red head cover. This practice dates back to the Qi Period (479-502) of the Northern and Southern Dynasties. The head cover was [...]

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The Creation of the World

Chinese creation myth is so unique in that heaven, earth, gods and man are an undifferentiated whole. That is the origin of the Chinese world view of harmony of man and nature. The most popular myth in this respect is Pangu the Creator. It is popular among most peoples in China. There are almost ten [...]

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Three Moves by Mencius’s Mother

The allusion comes from The Biography of Mencius’ Mother Biographies of Outstanding Women by Liu Xiang, one of the greatest letters in the Han Dynasty. When Meng Ke, known later on as Mencius, was still a child, his mother and him lived near a graveyard. As Meng Ke played in the yard, what he imitated [...]

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