8/31/07: Of Fu, Hufu, Fujie, Jie, Jiajie, and more...

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8/31/07: Of Fu, Hufu, Fujie, Jie, Jiajie, and more...

Unread postby James » Sat Sep 01, 2007 6:47 am

Like any other culture the Chinese used a number of methods to signify and authenticate authority in the military, government and cities—<i>fu</i> 符, <i>hufu</i> 虎符 (<a href="http://kongming.net/novel/tiger_tally/">tiger tallies</a>), <i>jie</i> 節, <i>jiajie</i> 假節, <i>fujie</i> 符节 and more. While reference is commonly made to the various symbols and concepts of authority and authentication in biographies and other historic texts, the actual appearance and nature of these elements is often confused, and English information on the subject is so difficult to come by. Similarities in usage and names also sometimes lead translators into confusion—and I attempt to allay some of that confusion in our new guide, <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/symbols_of_authority/">Chinese Representations of Authority: Han and Three Kingdoms Periods</a>. Please enjoy!

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