A Tentative Essay on Re-Developments in ‘Deeper/Hidden’ Chinese Culture : Bearing of Genteel Arms (A Primer) – posted by T.E. Yu on behalf of Pater H – 12th June 2012
Incorporating the Article from : Six arts of ancient China (chinaculture.org) Updated: 2010-01-06 17:16
The Six Arts have their roots in Confucian philosophy. To master the Six Arts is the equivalent of the obtaining the status of a Renaissance Man. The elements of ethical education, academic study, physical education and etiquette are present in the Six Arts – all attributes requisite for Courtiers in a resurgent Imperial Chinese Court.
“To educate somebody, you should start from poems, emphasize ceremonies and finish with music.” A famous saying of Confucius on education.
As early as the Shang Dynasty (circa 16th century – 11 century BC) and Zhou Dynasty (circa 11th century – 256 BC), archery was a required skill for all aristocratic men (who would lead in battle). By practicing archery and related etiquettes, nobles not only gained the proficiency at war skills; more importantly, they also cultivated their minds and learned how to behave as nobles. To become a charioteer is also an excellent form of training that requires the combined use of intellect and physical strength. To promote all-around development in peaceful times later, students were required to master calligraphy, mathematics, rites, music, and the earlier mentioned archery and chariot racing.
This series of six practical disciplines became the Six Arts (六艺 liù yì):
Writing, or calligraphy, tempers a student’s aggressiveness and arrogance, while arithmetic strengthens one’s mental agility. The study of rites and music instills in people a sense of dignity and harmony. The rites include sacrificial ceremonies, funerals and military activities. Abit further though we enter the deeper levels of Chinese culture, philosophy, occultism and alchemy.
During the period of Cultural revolution these schools and masters were greatly feared by the early less cultivated military Junta, and perhaps with a more open attitude and proof of the lower classes of their right to access these skills (though wrongfully and violently), the next generation of former junta who have not been involved or are inclined to pogroms and expulsions as seen in the past or become as useless materialist Capitalist plutocrats with no consideration for the people around them, China cannot do without the schools of mysticism which have fled to Taiwan, but Taiwan without the mainland is as a body without a spirit. Together the soul of the Chinese peoples could yet bring about a much needed rennaissance of culture the likes that the world has never seen before. All Orthodox Tao schools have association and charter by the Dragon throne in re-formation to be ascended by an appropriate member of the Imperial House of Ying, Qin Dynasty as Ying III. ICCR’s temporary Emperor HIM Ying III’s message can be seen in the ‘about’ section.
After a proper stint at training of sword play, specifically with the civilian level ‘jian’ ? (the equivalent of the ‘Epee’ – with the single edged dao, the Sabre equivalent, carried by the military caste), the properly trained ‘Wushi’ and ‘Wenren’ (look up sections in this blog on the ‘Scholar Garden’) began work towards qualification for inclusion among the aristocratic ‘Jue Shi’ via the 6 Arts, and worked towards the grade of (the at least non-work oriented) ‘Xun Jue’ which required ability and sensitivity to acquire understanding in extreme nuance and required much study and a general departure from mainstream society of plutocrats and material matters to cultivate beauty, qi and the wonders of the Forbidden City towards betterment of the spiritual dimensions of the Imperium.
Note 1 : In China, the 刀 ‘dao’ (do distinguish from the faith Taoism 道 ‘dao’ The Way, which is also spelt with a ‘d’ in hanyu pinyin) is known as one of the four major weapons, along with the gun (staff), qiang (spear), and the jian (sword), and referred to as “The General of All Weapons”.
GRADATIONS beyond the Wushi : The ‘nuanced language’ and ‘qi’ aspect is highly emphasised at this level
a) Dexterous Ornamental Fan Handling Skills (this is akin to an advanced form of ‘hand acrobatics’, or ‘sleight of fan’, an advanced take on a shorter form of the escrima)
b) The Blade Edged Metal Fan (this is a martial arts school with blade related variants from other martial arts using batons or rodform staves)
c) The Aery Fan (this is an occult arts school) andMahagony Sword rank equal
d) The Fly Whisk ranks above the former.
Significance of the Fly Whisk : these are not used or borne among the commoners or profane or even the outer orders who do deal with commoners. If there are no dedicated or state designated areas for use, typically the fly whisk can be seen in Taoistic Spirit Schools for ‘Occult Training’ or in Taiji parks and groves among the (well past material issues) elite.
i) Huangmei ‘Expression Scarf’ Private cultivation of Huangmei ‘Expression Scarf’ use is typically done in the mornings and evenings, begins once a child can walk.
ii) Study of Mudras – Study of Mudras is done as a form of supplication used to communicate with the ether, that begins once a child picks up the calligraphy brush.
iii) Whip Usage – Whip usage, once a child has necessary coordination.
iv) Large Calligraphy Brush (Feather Wand) – This is a stave sized brush that upon mastery of the skills of, entitles one to bear the Fly Whisk, a symbol of mastery of all these skills. The Feather Wand has Taoist significance over the Aery elements (including mastery of all incenses).
;as a precursor, permit, and requisite qualification to use and bearing of the Fly Whisk. As the Fly Whisk is a tool or weapon of spirit, colour designation is a necessity (even if ascertained by the state registered Taoist Orders). In general (and a foray into re-development and a list of pitfalls against purist form, if not long established) we have :
White – Vegetarians, Purity
Grey – Either Vegetarians, Purity
Black – Non-Vegetarians, Non-Purity
Red – Has killed a being before, carnal knowledge, has given birth to another, those between worlds
Orange – Has embraced tenets of Buddhism incompatible with Orthodox Taoism
Yellow – Is a member of the royal family (draconic / naga realms)
Green – Has dalliances with the lower realms
Blue – Has dalliances with the deathly realms
Violet – Night School
These all apply to the current life. A rainbow of colours displayed on the arms here does not mean better or more diverse persons, but the tendency is for the person to be a communicator (more rarely intermarriage between realms have also been known) between realms much as each strand is a link to the appropriate realms’ ‘denizen of necessity’ (i.e. diplomat or ‘dealer with the outsiders’ – again a mark of impurity . . . ).
THE FLY WHISK
The Fly Whisk is granted as an upper grade form of the literary and occult schools using the Mahogany Sword or occult art ‘Wind Fan’. ‘Wind Skill’ complements the Fan School (also is requisite), and can be very destructive in the hands of the uncultivated. The cultivated manifest these skills in the form of waterspouts or localized tornados, extreme droughts etc. at call. The extreme levels have access to telekinesis and levitation as witnessed by Pater H (cautionary on Earthquakes and Tidal Waves . . . ) .
This has roots in ‘Wind Spirit’ Animism, and cannot be accessed by those with no healthy respect of nature or the 5 elements or a ‘inner self’ that is known to and well loved by the Celestial Hierarchies.
After studies of the occult significance of the fly whisk and proper capacity for use, a Fly Whisk appropriate (those who hide behind the significance are again cursed, simply they find themselves unable to bear the fly whisk of the false colour without appearing like charlatans.
Identifying charlatans is simple, ask them of their willingness to be affiliated into a registered association and determine their demeanour among other spiritual individuals by bringing up issues on faith. A well studied faither would be well aware of some things and respond in a certain manner. This typically would put the peasants off but that is why stratification of society is unavoidable and the heavens are accessible only to Saints and Immortals . . .
THE RUYI SCEPTER
Samples of Ruyi : http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/life/2007-10/24/content_11569400.htm
Ruyi of Jade (Upper Nobility)
Ruyi of Ivory (Lower Nobility)
Ruyi of Gold (Aristocracy) or
Ruyi of Precious Wood (Persons above 60 or those who belong to the lower Aristocracy only).
The Mace of Parliament equivalent is the ‘Stave of Authority’ (typically carved with an appropriate variable animal or plant totem) carried and stored only by Clan Associations with links to the older era, ranks as aristocracy.
c) The White Jade Ruyi being originally considered as a congealed celestial substance is only issued by the Imperial Court to balance the lack of a spiritual link of the Aristocracy and Nobility to the power of the fly whisk Bearing Celestial and higher order Literati-Occultist. One may not carry the Ruyi without state permission. One may gain permission ONLY by application from the Grand Master of a School which does have access and proof of skill. Noblemen schooled in the occult arts may carry both.
Full version may of the above may be found in ICCR’s next publication on behalf of the Orthodox Taoist schools who are invited to pledge loyalty to the Dragon Throne :
301 Bearing of Genteel Arms : Companion Booklet to : The Language of the Fan
As Tao is Eternal, long live Fatherland China.
Posted by T.E. Yu on behalf of the Pater H