In this episode we look at how the effects of the Taiping Northern Expedition and the Nian Rebellion of the mid-Nineteenth Century drew the Confucian Wu brothers and the fighters of Chen Village towards each other for the first time.
In this episode we examine the context in which the relationship between Yang Luchan, Wu Chengqing and Wu Yuxiang developed during the years of the Taiping Rebellion and the new regime of Emperor Xianfeng.
Did Tai Chi exist before 1850? In this episode we begin a new series of episodes on this subject by setting the scene and historical background to the mythmaking around the origins of Tai Chi that occurred starting from the middle of the Nineteenth Century in response to social turmoil and unrest exemplified by the Taiping Rebellion and Opium Wars.
Our review of the John-Claude Van Damme and John Woo movie Hard Target. We talk about the role of hunting in human society, and the influence of the Miasma on human collaboration and mutual support (or lack thereof).
Returning to our series on Genesis, we examine the supposed events surrounding Cain and Abel, and their social context in the ancient civilisations of ancient Mesopotamia. Link.
We turn our attention to the Fall of the Song, and examine the posthumous influence of the military legacy of the three great generals, Yue, Han and Zhang, on drawing out the final demise of the Dynasty.
Looking for something to watch to in these dark times? How about a dark movie!
This episode we head to the movies with the Heretics’ review of The Art of Self-Defense, a 2019 film starring Jesse Eisenberg.
Finishing off Day One of the Chymical Wedding, we examine the significance of energy to the esoteric traditions, linking the allegorical representations and numerology in the Chymical Wedding to other traditions that we have discussed. Link to podcast.
In part 3 of our series on Day 1 of the Chymical Wedding we look at the Chymical Wedding’s allegorical depiction of the Miasma, and how and why Christian Rosenkreutz escapes from the pit.