July 23, 2016 at 2:19 am #46877
July 13, 2016
A colossal statue standing 58 meters (190 ft) tall and weighing over 1,320 tonnes has been unveiled in Jingzhou, China. The incredible statue depicts Guan Yu, a prominent historical figure in Chinese history that was a famous general during the Three Kingdoms period.
The general was later deified in Chinese culture and is reverently referred to as Guan Gong or Guan Di and has come to symbolize brotherhood, integrity, loyalty and righteousness.
The statue was designed by Han Meilin who is known for his designs of the 2008 Beijing Olympics mascots. The legendary figure (48 m tall) stands atop a 10-meter tall pedestal that has been designed to look like an ancient warship. Inside the statue, visitors can explore an 8,000 sq m museum.
In his right hand, Guan Yu is seen holding his famous Green Dragon Crescent Blade, an axe-like weapon that weighs over 136 tonnes. Over 4,000 strips of bronze have been glued to the sculpture, which serves as the centrepiece for Jinghzhous Guan Yu Park.
Below you can find some construction photos of the colossal statue.July 23, 2016 at 7:03 am #46878
Similar to the Italian mafia or the Japanese yakuza, Triad members tend to be subject to initiation ceremonies. A typical ceremony takes place at an altar dedicated to Guan Yu, with incense and an animal sacrifice, usually a chicken, pig or goat. After drinking a mixture of wine and blood of the animal or the candidate, the member will pass beneath an arch of swords while reciting the triad’s oaths. The paper on which the oaths are written will be burnt on the altar to confirm the member’s obligation to perform his duties to the gods. Three fingers on the left hand will be raised as a binding gesture.
-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triad_(organized_crime)#Rituals_and_codes_of_conductJuly 24, 2016 at 7:19 pm #46880
amazing alright. Link below to movie clip of some person trying to use that weapon against a more developed player, the hero.
It must be difficult to make large sculptures give any feeling of refinement.
Seems to me whether persons or nations, the refinement of accumulated energy is an important issue. The ‘warriors of virtue’ model is relevant. My recent message to correspondent at local newspaper, while we are still allowed to express an opinion. “Like to comment on the South China Sea situation in the light of Taoist practice, especially the need to follow natural virtue. Any Taoist yoga, chi kung or martial arts practice will very soon show the practitioner that any accumulation of power must be aligned with the natural moral order of the universe, otherwise it will be destructive and bring trouble. Hence the practitioner must incorporate meditation, inner smile, internal alchemy as part of the training.” and
(It) ..”is like the novice who gets some power of a lower kind and wants to exercise it, causing trouble, showing off. Better off attending to the development of natural virtue as their Taoist sages of old recommended. There is plenty else to do, develop a legal system etc. Also climate is likely diving into a mini ice age now with crop failures etc. and best turn attention to cold climate food production. Build indoor food factories in the regions which have enough sunlight. No time to waste on making nuisance for the world (fire monkey negativity.”
With older members of the ruling elite practicing chi kung for health and members of armed forces training movement martial forms the worry I have is that this accumulation of power for each person causes trouble if not balanced with neidan practice refinement. Any martial art has this problem and I salute Michael for making this clear in the training for energy refinement (alchemy. It is also the message at the end of the movie ‘Man of Tai Chi’ with Keanu Reaves. Lets hope China really does honour its Taoist roots and the ideal of natural virtue, not brute force, in its internal and external relations.July 27, 2016 at 9:10 am #46882
Sorry, but I think that one shouldn’t regard these kinds of projects to be anyway positive.
It’s total waste of time to build this kind of symbolic monuments.
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