Famous Female Generals & others
Posted 23 December 2008 - 10:30 PM
I've list a few that I know, but feel free to add on or share or correct me if I'm wrong.
So far what I know is:
1. Lady Fu Hao - consort steeped in military rites & rituals
Fu Hao was a consort of Wu Ding, the Shang King under whom Shang power reached its zenith. Fu Hao’s fame arose more from Oracle readings found near her tomb than by legends that lived through the centuries. She participated in ritual ceremonies as well as in military activities & the weapons discovered in Fu Hao’s tomb attest to her high status as a military leader.
2. Liang Hong Yu - winning with drumbeats
Liang Hongyu, who lived during the Song Dynasty, started life as a prostitute. She had been a songstress who performed with drums, and her prowess on this instrument was so perfect it caught the eye of Han Shizhong (Who also a good friend of Yue Fei), a lowly soldier who later rose to become a mighty general.
3. Mu Guiying - breaking the heavenly gate formation
This lady is best known through history as the only one who could defeat the Liao’s Heavenly-Gate Formation. When she did she was only nineteen years old and it dealt such a blow to the Liao’s they never recovered nor regained their former power. As a result of her victory in important battles, she has been immortalized as one of China’s greatest. SHe is also the wife of Yang Zongbao, scion of the illustrious Yang family of generals.
4. Hua Mulan - filial heroine
There are many legends about Hua Mu Lan. Though she lived during the times of the Ming dynasty and despite being China’s most famous heroine, there is some confusion regarding Hua Mulan’s real identity. The Ming Annals claim her surname is Zhu, while Qing Annals declare it is Wei. Yet another old text refers to her as Mu, as in Mulan. There are other contentious issues regarding her birthplace and even when she lived. The rest of her heroic actions, I believe I don't have to give a brief details about it.
5. Princess Pinyang - tang warrior princess seizes power
Princess Pingyang, daughter of Emperor Gaozu of Tang, the emperor who founded the Tang Dynasty, is an acknowledged martial arts expert and her role in the overthrow of the Sui Dynasty is well recorded in the Tang Annals. It is written that she helped her father take over the throne from the Sui Dynasty Emperor, successfully seizing the reins of power by organizing her “Army of the Lady” (娘子軍) commanded by herself and successfully capturing the capital city of Chang’ an.
(As for Lady Pinyang, I hope someone can give me more insights about her.)
Posted 24 December 2008 - 10:07 PM
We all know about the heroic acts of notable male generals, politicians and others. I have personally like Liu Bowen for the intellectual group and Yue Fei for the general group. What about the female counterparts? We knew about Hua Mulan who had made further made famous by Walt Disney, Diao Chan the catalyst for destroying Dong Zhuo & Lu Bu's relation etc. If there anymore notable female characters?
For more info about chinese female warriors in chinese history, you might also want to refer to this thread http://www.chinahist...p?showtopic=340
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