Mystery Of The Chinese Taotie

Mystery Of The Chinese Taotie

One of the great mysteries of ancient China is the origin and meaning of the terrifying animal faces on Shang ritual vessels. These faces look down on us from the distance of 3,000 years but are just as awe and terror-inspiring as they were during the Shang period. Although the pattern occurs on virtually all bronze vessels, almost nothing is known today about them, except their name: Taotie (Chinese: 饕餮). A later source reveals that the taotie is man-eating beast that harms people. The ferocious look of the face would seem to confirm this hypothesis.

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Ancient Chinese Ritual Bronzes

Ancient Chinese Ritual Bronzes

Much has been said about the meaning and explanation of decoration on the Shang ritual bronzes. There is a distinct disagreement among the researchers of ancient China whether the design on the vessels has any meaning at all. Some scholars, like S. Allen and K.C. Chang, believe that the decorations are directly related to mythology and are representing the religious ideology of Shang people; other scholars argue that the design is purely decorative and has no religious connotation.

Robert W. Bagley’s article on the meaning of Shang bronze art raises the same problem: do the Shang bronze decoration motifs have a meaning at all or are simply of decorative value? Bagley insists that the design of ritual utensils is ornamental and cannot be traced back to Shang religion or mythology.

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The History Of Chinese Medicine

The History Of Chinese Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine is the oldest practiced medicine which goes back more than 5,000 years. The discovery of herbal medicine is ascribed to the legendary emperor Shen Nong (3494 BC). He introduced agriculture to his people and became enchanted by the medicinal properties of various plants. The discoveries of the Shen Nong era were passed from generation to generation by word of mouth, since there were no written records at this time. Myths and facts are therefore hard to distinguish.

It took approximately 2,000 years until the discoveries of Shen Nong and his followers were committed to writing. Many remedies and concepts could stand the test of time and their effectiveness has been proven by modern science as well.

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TCM – Cure Insomnia Naturally With Herbs & Baijiu

TCM - Cure Insomnia Naturally With Herbs & Baijiu

Insomnia, the inability to sleep due to nervous tension or excess acidity in the system, many cases, those suffering from insomnia are advised to take drugs for nervousness. Valium, in particular, is widely prescribed to dull and weaken ultra-sensitive nerves.

Upon taking the drug, insomniacs come to feel a little dazed, absent-minded and sleepy. This may seem to be a highly effective treatment, but it is only temporarily. The next time insomnia comes, the condition is worse.

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TCM – V.I.P Jiu 8 Baijiu Remedy For The Common Cold

TCM - V.I.P Jiu 8 Baijiu Remedy For The Common Cold

The human energy system – the meridians through which qi flows – is strongly influenced by various types of environmental energy, in particular, by weather conditions.

When certain climatic conditions become extreme, specific internal organs are directly affected. “Cold” energy, for example, attacks the meridian associated with the kidneys. Someone who regularly feels coldness in their hands and feet because of poor circulation or who suffers from diarrhoea and stomachache due to cold intestines is likely to have less resistance to catching a cold.

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Traditional Hot Toddy Recipes Made With V.I.P Jiu 8 Baijiu

Traditional Hot Toddy Recipes Made With V.I.P Jiu 8 Baijiu

A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down is an old saying, but what better way to take the medicine than in a hot toddy.

The word toddy originally comes from India, and was a drink made by fermenting the sap of palm trees. Its earliest form was a beverage made of alcohol liquor with hot water, sugar and spices.

A hot toddy glass is a cup like glass, especially made to take hot water. It has a handle for ease of use and holds eight and a half fluid ounces.

Here I have concocted some modern Toddy’s with an ancient Chinese twist.

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V.I.P Jiu 8 – The Kangxi Emperors (氣) Qi Baijiu

V.I.P Jiu 8 - The Kangxi Emperors (氣) Qi Baijiu

What is Qi (氣)

In Chinese philosophy, Qi is the life force that flows through everything in the cosmos. When Qi flows smoothly everything is in harmony, when the flow is interrupted problems arise. This is true of the human body, Qi flows through the organs maintaining health and balance. Providing the energy needed for our bodies to function and to maintain the strength and structure of our organs and keeping our metabolism constant. When there are interruptions and Qi cannot flow, we have health problems.

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V.I.P Jiu 8 & Green Teas

V.I.P Jiu 8 & Green Teas

After a hard days toil, or just a stressful, frustrating, or disappointing day, when you get home kick off your shoes and relax with a cuppa.

Green tea, (Lu cha) made from the leaves of the plant Camellia sinensis, has traditionally been used as a medicine in China for thousands of years. Tea is cold and lowers fire i.e. temperature. Honey (Mi tang) in traditional Chinese medicine has a balanced character, neither yin or yang and acts on the principal of the Earth elements. Cinnamon (gui zhi) Chinese medicine views this as spicy, sweet and warm, this herb has the ability to penetrate the heart lung and bladder meridians, can act against feeling run down and/or aches and pains. Ginseng (Ren shen) in Chinese medicine tones the Qi, lungs and spleen. Assists the body in the secretion of fluids and stops thirst. Strengthens the heart and calms the mind. Star Anise (Ba jiao hui xiang) in Chinese medicine removes cold and warms the yang. Regulates the flow of Qi so as to relieve pain and increase the appetite.

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TCM – Lassitude May Develop Into Chronic Fatigue

TCM - Lassitude May Develop Into Chronic Fatigue

Lassitude may develop into chronic fatigue. When such lassitude continues, it makes people easily listless and inclined to build up chronic fatigue, losing enthusiasm for work and life in general.

Chronic fatigue syndrome often arises not so much due to hard physical work, as to weariness of the body and mind.

It usually affects those people who find it difficult to relax and have peace of mind and who easily become anxious or worried. They experience symptoms such as numbness in the hands and feet as well as headaches, a heavy feeling in the body and loss of will. The main culprit of this problem is simply anxiety and insecurity.

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