The legend of Princess Khutulun who was undefeated in wrestling matches. She apparently did not wish to marry any man unless he could beat her in a wrestle - she never lost. Or is this a fabricated tale?
Yes Kublai was becoming sinofied, like Manchus. Being a minority in a foreign land even if you are the leading class, well it just tends to happen to ya.
Post by hjernespiser on Dec 29, 2008 7:57:44 GMT 3
I understand that the reason supposedly behind the design of the sleeve-only wrestling jacket is to prevent the embarrassment of men losing to women by exposing the chest to prove that the competitors were not women. Women do have a physical advantage over men in wrestling due to a woman's natural lower center of gravity and it would be perfectly unfair to a man to have to wrestle a woman.
By the way, this story reminds me of the Valkyrie Brynhild of Germanic legend who would only marry the man who could best her in battle.
Post by hjernespiser on Dec 29, 2008 22:24:12 GMT 3
It must be some sort of universal human story. It would be culturally embarrassing for a man if his wife could beat him up so these warrior women were said to be only able to marry men who were better warriors. Brynhild married Gunther because Siegfried dressed up as Gunther and beat her in battle. But the deception was later found out, Brynhild got her revenge upon Siegfried, and Gunther's kingdom was subsequently destroyed by the Huns.
Post by H. Ihsan Erkoc on Dec 30, 2008 20:19:53 GMT 3
The story at Dede Qorqut continues later in similar way with the Odusseia Ὀδύσσεια (Odyssey). After the female character is finally beaten by the male character, they marry, but the man is taken prisoner by the Christian enemies, with the help of an Oġuz traitor, who wants to marry the girl. The man returns many years later, during the wedding of his wife, and finally manages to kill the traitor and win back his wife.
Nomad, rider of the ancient east Nomad, rider that men know the least Nomad, where you come from no one knows Nomad, where you go to no one tells
Ever since I was 16 with my first gf, my mates always said to me "You won't fall in love with a chick unless she can kick your ass in a fight" ;D
Heh good times, still fond of those memories, I was a grappler, she was the striker. If she hits me at the right spot with my guard down, she wins, if I get close enough to grapple and restrain her, I win. Haha, and d**n she bites! LOVE it
*sigh* Not many girls like that nowadays, all want to act 'weak' and 'submissive'. It's hard to change someone to that style too, one of my exs said to me "I have everyone telling me how I should act on one hand and YOU telling me how I should act on another".