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Chinese shadow play

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Ernst Von Lama

Zeng Nian


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The Chinese emperor Wudi of the Han dynasty lived in the second century BC. When his favourite concubine died, the emperor was thrown into such a state of prostration that the imperial administration was paralysed. To try and bring back him to his senses, a Taoist monk cut out a silhouette of woman and began to gently move it at the sovereign's window, prounincing words of comfort and encouragement.

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