2009/12/04

Bite Me!/九鼎:咬我啊!

Bite Me!/九鼎:咬我啊!

These nine woks are Vietnamese showing THE finger to Chinese. From Chinese point of view, this is a challenge regarded as a declaration of war. They represent the deep root of Chinese tradition in Vietnam, and their determination of defiance against China.

The Tripod Wok was an ancient Chinese cookware. Nine tripod woks were an anicent symbol representing all nine states of anicent China. This is the symbol of Chinese Emperor, aka Heavenly Child. One heaven, one Heavenly Child. Back in those good old days, in China, the mere inquery of the specification of these wokes was considered sufficient evidence of treason punishable by death of all members of all extended families of the offender.

Consider the depth of the knowledge of Chinese culture shown at the entrance of the palace, these nine wokes is an unmistakable sign of defiance to China. They send a loud and clear message of "Bite Me!"


 3. 問鼎
 注音一式 ㄨㄣˋ ㄉ|ㄥˇ
 漢語拼音 w n d n   注音二式 w n d ng
 相似詞 染指  相反詞 
春秋時,楚莊王征伐陸渾的戎人,並於周室疆域上檢閱軍隊。周定王派遣王孫滿慰勞,楚莊王便探問九鼎之大小輕重。見左傳˙宣公三年。因九鼎為夏商周三代的傳國寶器,楚莊王問鼎有圖謀君位之意。後用以指覬覦王位,謀取政權;或指謀取最高榮譽、地位。晉書˙卷九十八˙王敦傳:「遂欲專制朝廷,有問鼎之心。帝畏而惡之。」

九鼎是天子的規格。問鼎就已經代表有反意了,越南把九鼎都鑄好了,根本就是在向中國挑釁說:「咬我啊!」

The Nine Wokes in the Citadel of Hue/阮朝宮中的九鼎:


The Largest Centre Woke: Gao Ding/中央最大最重的高鼎:

























Related Article/延伸閱讀:
Sung Than Cong: Bite Me! Encore/阮朝的天子之劍

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