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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Magic Invulnerability Is A Scam (刀槍不入)
Some Taoist talismans for achiving invulnerability.
observe the history of our civilization closely, the practice of
invulnerability only surfaces during unrest times especially during warring
periods; now and then as if the history repeats itself. It is normally the case
of ambitious leaders exploiting on the naïve folks to go against stronger
forces. Having said so, let’s go back in time to old China again…
Folk cults in 1900’s
1900, those once outlawed folk cults such as ‘kung fu’ (神拳), Yihe Boxing (義和拳), broad sword group (刀會) gradually combined into
one group called Yihe Union (義和團). Yihe Union meant that it was a government and folk collaborative
body. So it is a ‘legal’ society so to speak.
Behind Chinese political scene in 1900’s
dowager Ci Xi (慈禧太后) wanted to replace Emperor
Guang Xu (光緒) with Pu Jun (浦俊), the son of a royalty Zai Yi (載漪) who was more submissive to
Ci Xi. However, this plan was strongly opposed by representatives of Western countries
(we still didn’t have ambassadors at that time).
These oppositions caused Ci
Xi and Zai Yi to be furious. They wanted to make use of Yehe Union’s broad
swords and spears to up in arms with the western fire arms.
Folk cult under royal court blessings
Those once outlawed folk
groups expended rapidly under the blessing of Qing royal court. Now the Yehe
Union is combined with various folk cult groups and their congregation places
changed from ‘boxing courts’ (拳場) to ‘altars’ (壇口).
The Yihe Union were once
male oriented body, now that it is legalized and has the royal patronage; women
started to participate. For example in Tianjin, there is a folk group known as ‘shining
red lights’ (紅燈照) is formed by unmarried young ladies. The red light group is lead by
the Holy Mother Yellow Lotus (黃蓮圣母).
Members of ‘red lights’
were seen to have worn red dress and red pants, they have double hair knots on
their head and most notably they hold red lanterns in their left hands and a
red folding fan in their right.
Gradually the ‘blue lights’,
‘green lights’, ‘black light’ female folk groups took place as well. The
difference is only at their attires and age groups. For example, the ‘blue
lights’ are formed by middle age female.
Psychology for invulnerability magic
In order to resist the
invading and suppressive Western arm forces at the time, these folk groups
could only fight with broad swords, spears and even ‘small red lanterns’! So it
is not difficult to understand the eagerness of being protected by supernatural
Facts about invulnerability
The original practice of
invulnerability actually refers to the practice of hard Qigong (硬氣功) exercises namely: the
golden bells cover (金鐘罩) and the iron shirt (鐵布衫). While these type of kung fu can withstand the chopping of broad
swords, but it can never withstand the slicing of sharp objects. There are many
tricks to it, while it is nice as a performing art; invulnerability can never
stand the test of actual combat.