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Post by wilv » May 18, 2008 6:55 pm

I had an idea for a set of 2 scrolls of Hua Mulan, one in armor and one in normal clothes.

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Post by Gary » May 18, 2008 10:53 pm

I may be able to do that in the future.

I am currently working on finding new warrior artists. My last warrior artist (Li Ying-Lai) is now too famous, and far outside my price range (unless you want a $300 wall scroll). I am waiting for samples from a few artists now, and I will pick the best two. Then commission a large order of warrior artwork. I plan to have a very detailed (and expensive) version, and a more affordable, lower-detail version. They'll be priced at about $150 and $90 respectively.

The downside is that I am in the middle of this project. There are still a few months to go before we have anything ready for sale.
Mulan is actually not the most famous female warrior of ancient China (although Disney thinks so) the most famous is actually Mu Guiying. She is on the list of warriors that I want to have available. Once we get going, I may be able to do a custom Mulan for you.

FYI: Mu Guiying looks like this: Image

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Post by wilv » May 19, 2008 7:58 am

that is an awesome painting

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Post by Gary » May 20, 2008 2:12 pm

Hopefully, in as little as 3 months, I will be able to offer you something like this again.

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Post by wilv » Jun 18, 2008 3:12 pm

Mulan is actually not the most famous female warrior of ancient China (although Disney thinks so)


On an off and yet slightly related subject, I think the Disney version was based on the 1963 movie "Lady General Hua Mulan". I watched it recently and it had a few similarities.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_General_Hua_Mulan

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Post by Gary » Jun 18, 2008 5:09 pm

I'll post the story that goes along with that artwork for you.

Hua Mulan is exactly who Disney was portraying in a fictionalized way. Hua Mulan is truly secondary in legendary statue to Mu Guiying. In fact, everybody knew Mu Guiying was a woman, she became a general of five armies, as a woman, commanded them as a woman, and even gave birth on the battlefield, and it is said, continued her duties during and after her birthing labor.

Disney just though Mulan was "cooler" because she pretended to be a man. Mulan's very existence is questioned by many historians, as there is not much more than a poem about her, to support the fact that she was a real person.

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Mu Guiying<br>Woman General of The House of Yang

Post by Gary » Jun 18, 2008 5:26 pm


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Ancient Chinese Warrior Mu Guiying
Woman General of The House of Yang



Mu Guiying - Woman Warrior of Ancient China
Please note that the true story of Mu Guiying has several variations. It has been retold many times, and is featured in a famous Peking Opera. The following is my short version of the story which I believe is historically correct.

Some Background Story:


The Song Dynasty Army was in a tight battle with the forces of a nomad militia commanded by Great Liao from China's north borders. The Great Liao sought the advice of a famous military tactition, Lu Zhong who devised an invincible battle formation known as "Tianmen Zhen" or "The Heavenly Gate". This formation involved 72 sections and was believed to be invincible.

The Great Liao dared the Song army to defeat the formation within 100 days. Otherwise, they had to surrender their recently unified motherland to the Great Liao.

The whole Song Army was commanded by generals that all belonged to the House of Yang. Each member of the House of Yang fought with great vigor against the invading forces.

Sadly, they were sabotaged by faction in the Song Court and distrusted by the Song Emperor.

Eventually, the Song Army headed by the House of Yang were defeated by the Great Liao. There were great losses including five of the eight generals of Yang (all brothers).

Of the three surviving generals, one was captured by the forces of Great Liao, and became the son-in-law of Liao (more common than you might imagine - as captured officers of high rank often joined the army of their captors as an honorable gesture and to save face after defeat).

Another general quit and went on a pilgrimage and eventually becoming a monk.

Yang Yanzhao was the only remaining brother, and therefore became the commanding general. The positions of the lost generals were now taken by all the women of the family.

These new generals included Yang Yanzhao's mother, wife, two sisters, and three of his brothers' widows. They are known in China as, "The Women Generals of Yang".



Mu Guiying's Story:


General Yang Yanzhao's teen-aged son, Yang Zongbao was sent on a mission to seek out the daughter of a military tactition who was rumored to have the secret to breaking the Heavenly Gate formation.

The girl that he was sent to find was none other than a 19-year-old girl named Mu Guiying.

Yang Zongbao came across a few women in a forest, not realizing that one of them was the woman he sought.

The women toyed with him, and Mu Guiying finally revealed her identity, but refused to give up the secret of defeating the Heavenly Gate unless he could beat her in a series of fighting duels. The penalty for losing would be that he would have to marry her.

What the young Yang Yanzhao did not realize was that in this rather chivalrous period in China, Mu Guiying was not only a cunning warrior, but was choosing her own husband.

He lost all three duels, secretly married Mu Guiying, and returned, empty-handed, and a day late.

Upon his return, his father was furious with his son, and ordered his execution for being tardy and not fulfilling his orders.

Mu Guiying heard about the execution order, and came to General Yang Yanzhao's headquarters to plead for her new husband's like.

Of course, General Yang Yanzhao's knew about the secret wedding, and his plan was to draw out Mu Guiying, and never to actually execute his son.

The General demanded that Mu Guiying give him the secret to defeat the Heavenly Gate. Through some negotiation, she agreed and took charge of the army.

Rather than fight in a decisive battle, she sent forces to the flank to burn and destroy the food and supplies of the forces. Since no force can maintain a protracted battle without supplies, they would need to depend on strong supply lines from a base. Mu Gui-Yang knew this, and sent forces to simultaneously attack the base city of the Liao army, and cut off the supply line.

The forces of Great Liao now starving, and without any way to replenish arrows, and other weapons on the battlefield, were soundly defeated.

After defeating Great Liao, the Song Emperor bestowed the official title of General upon Mu Guiying and threw a proper and royal wedding for Mu Guiying and Yang Zongbao.

Legend has it that she remained a Commanding General in the Song Army well into her 80's

She was a tough yet feminine woman throughout her life. One legend has it that she led the army in battle while pregnant, and gave birth to her son, and continued the fight on the battlefield.

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Post by wilv » Jun 18, 2008 8:49 pm

Disney just though Mulan was "cooler" because she pretended to be a man.


Well of course they did, I always found drag queens cool, j/k ( or am I? ) LOL. Seriously though I did read somewhere that Mulan is kind of like king Arthur in a sense that no one knows if she was even real or not. Apparently they can't even agree on what her first name was. And apparently the poem isn't even the original version since the original version I think was a 6th century song that no longer exists.

Mu Guiying's story is awesome, it kind of has a nice moral in there since she used her brain to find a way to beat the enemy instead of just going head first into battle ( we could use her for president, lol ). I tried looking her story up when you first mentioned her but had a hard time finding it. Thanks for posting it.

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