feb27 - CHIN 155 February 27,08 Another noted king of the...

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CHIN 155 February 27,08 Another noted king of the Zhou: King MU: o King Mu was the 5 th ruler of the Zhou (traditionally reigned 1001-946BC) o He was the son of King Zhao (traditionally reigned 1052-1001BC) o King Zhao liked to travel, neglecting his royal duties o He was killed by angry southern subjects who gave him a glued-together boat. It came apart as he crossed a river o King Mu also liked to travel o He is said to have had a team of 8 “ten-thousand li (measure of distance for the Chinese, about 1/3 of a mile)” horses, which were able to pull his carriage 10,000 li in a single day o King Mu traveled to the northeast--pulled by his eight horses—where he met the Lord of the [Yellow] River o He also visited the Yellow Emperor’s Palace o King MU traveled to the far west and met the Queen Mother of the West o King Mu brought her gifts of silk and gave a banquet on her behalf o They both enjoyed poetry and music o Upon his departure the Queen Mother of the West gave King Mu a poem o This mythical journey and visit are very famous in Chinese History o Some scholars still treat it as if it were history o King Mu is also famous for other travels Queen Mother of the West: Goddess that lives off in the mountains of the west in a
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