We’ve been building up to this episode of the Heretics podcast for a while, but we’ve finally got there. Here it is, the history of Xingyi, part 1.
Damon heads back to the Tang Dynasty to dig into the historical conditions that gave rise to the Song Dynasty and influenced the eventual creation of Xingyi, specifically the An Lushan Rebellion (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Lushan_Rebellion) and its disastrous consequences (some scholars have estimated that we lost a 6th of the world’s population! Although that figure remains controversial) and the subsequent rise of the Wen and Li traditions in the new Song Dynasty, and how this was going to influence the mother of a certain young commoner who hadn’t even been born yet, but whose name would come to be known throughout all of China – Yue Fei.
This is probably starting a lot further back than most people would imagine a history of Xingyi would begin, but we’re not in a rush – we’re going to do it right, placing everything in its historical context. Lots of detail and lots of depth.
Look out for Part 2 next week (unless of course the UK collapses and the power goes out, thanks to ‘the will of the people’ ).
Here’s the picture by Fan Kuan ‘Travelers amongst mountains and streams’ which gets a mention in the episode:
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