Chinese poem illustration: 小雅 车攻/ Xiaoya – Chariots Ready by Anonymous
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Could be the best breed poem among many hunting poems in Shijing, it outlined the whole hunting process with a few vivid snapshots which virtually bring you to the hunting ground, ftouched by the urgency, confidence and glorious people. Seasonal royal hunting is huge in Zhou dynasty, this tradition lasts till the Qin dynasty. The last royal hunting was held in 1820 at Mulan field(木兰围场), a tourist spot today 400 km north to Beijing.
Argument on the character 甫, 敖 are raised. Place of this hunting is discussed as well, A Tang poetry 观猎/王维 is a good reference to this poem, it should be the same hunting ground.
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