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《Dunhuang Research》 2017-04
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An Epic Poem of the Glory of Ancient China——A Hymn to the Sacred Origins of the Western Xia

LIU Jingyun;Shanghai Classics Publishing House;Cultural Department,Chi Lin Nunnery;  
A Hymn to the Sacred Origins of the Western Xia is a grand epic poem glorifying the forebears of the Western Xia and ancient China.The characters,episodes,words and phrases in the poem are all traceable back to ancient China.The"sacred origins"include the empresses and empresses’dowager of the Western Xia as well as the Three Sovereigns and Five Emperors,forefathers of ancient China.The rhetorical devices and word plays employed in the poem are shrouded in mystery and have intrigued Western Xia experts in the past century,as it is impossible to distinguish between the"sacred origins"and the root of the Western Xia!Did the Western Xia people not call themselves descendants of Yu the Great(also known as Xiayu)of the Xia dynasty?Did LI Yuanhao,the first Western Xia emperor,not address himself as"emperor of Wind-corner City(风角城)"?By playing with the similarities between the Chinese characters"风"("几")and"禹"("冂"),LI Yuanhao was actually putting himself among the great emperors of the Xia dynasty dating back to more than three millenniums ago.Is it not a key to unveiling the mystery?
【CateGory Index】: I207.22
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