China didn't have the "warrior spirit"? What does it mean?
That's not true. Those who claimed that China didn't have the 'warrior spirit' probably have not studied Chinese Martial/Military culture.
Chinese culture has two main components: Chinese classical scholarly (literary) culture and Chinese martial culture.
In ancient China, there was a martial (warrior-like) spirit known as "Xiake Jingsheng 侠客精神
". This generally referred to the culture and spirit of highly-skilled pugilist (martial artist/kungfu master), who were known as "Xiake 侠客" in ancient China. They were essentially heros, equivalent to the Samurai in Japan and Knights of Europe. Very often, they stood on the bright righteous side and use their high martial skills to fight against dark evil people in ancient China.
Japanese samurai codes valued obedience (serve) and loyalty to master. The Chinese martial codes (xiake jingsheng) tended to be more romantic and had a distinct personality as influenced by Confucianism. In ancient China, the warriors valued friendship ties, erranty (chivalrousness) and loyalism. Anyone who go against these value system will suffer from guilt of conscience, sometime resulting in heros committing suicide.
There were many famous ancient Chinese warriors such as Cao Mo 曹沫, Zhuanzhu 专诸, Yao Li 要离, Yu Rang 豫让 , Nie Zheng 聂政, Jing ke 荆轲 etc. They were assassins but were full of righteousness. They assassin someone not for money, but for a respectful belief.
You can understand about the Chinese Warrior Codes from the many Chinese Blockbuster Kungfu movies such as 7 swords, Heros etc.
Sometimes, the Chinese Martial (Warrior) Culture is known as "Jianghu Wenhua 江湖文化
". To understand this, I recommend you to read the Classical Chinese novel "Shuihuzhuan 水浒传
" (Water Margin
). It tells the story of 108 heros, forced to become bandits and who fought against the corrupted Song court. This novel is very good in depicting about the Chinese Martial Culture.
Edited by General_Zhaoyun, 27 May 2009 - 10:25 PM.