[Picture: Background: 6 piece pie style color split with yellow and green alternating. Foreground: Brown tapir sticking out its tongue. Top text: “Romance of the Three Kingdoms?” Bottom text: “More like BROMANCE of the Three Kingdoms.”]
Marriage got nothin on sworn brotherhood.
Also, sigh and roll your eyes every time the author rearranges history to make Xuande look better. Zhang Fei wasn’t the one who whipped that inspector. :|
Damn you, Luo Guangzhong, and your pro-Shu bias :\
General Guan, or Guan Yu, is a deified general who lived during AD 2nd century in ancient China. He is portrayed as one of the most powerful warriors of the ancient world, and is always depicted with his token weapon, the Guan-dao (or Kwando), otherwise known as the “Green Dragon Crescent Blade.” Historically, General Guan aided in the civil war which brought an end to the Han Dynasty in China. The Han Dynasty could easily be referred to as the “Roman Empire of the East,” and toppling such a well organized and technologically advanced behemoth could only have been done by the greatest of warriors. Well beyond his capture and execution in AD 219, General Guan’s legacy lives on in Chinese folklore, plays, poetry, religion, art, and modern media.
General Guan is said to have been capable of slaying thousands of men single handed, with the sheer might of his Guan-dao. He is often depicted as a symbol of honesty, loyalty, and valor, suggested by red tones on his face in artwork throughout time. Like all legends surrounding warriors of old, he is said to be insurmountable in height, and to have had a fearsomely long beard. It is said that Guan Yu was immune to pain, as he showed none when being pierced through the arm by a poisoned crossbow bolt. When a physician cut open the wound to remove poison which had adhered to General Guan’s bone, the General scoffed at the idea of anesthesia and continued playing board games and drinking tea, as though nothing were happening at all.
For nearly two thousand years, General Guan has been deified in China, and shrines devoted to his worship can be found all over China, Taiwan, and Japan. From the presence of massive statues to small idols, few in East Asia have not heard the name of Guan Yu. Buddhist and Daoist temples alike devote spaces, shrines, and idols to General Guan. Martial arts schools all over China have statues to the General. It is said that organized crime depicts Guan Yu with the Guan-dao in his left hand, to denote their departure from “the Right,” or government control. Large underground crime syndicates and organized police forces have similar temples within their respective barracks.