Chinese poem illustration: 大雅 常武/ Daya – Constant Wars by Anonymous
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Ancient Chinese beleive the changes of universe are constant and predictable with nature’s law(常), for example the seasons, while sometimes the universe behaves beyond its Constant(常). When ever it happhens, it is either a wonder or a disaster to human beings. With the above understanding, the title Constant Wars(常武) is far from Zhou people’s philosophy, who values harmony and peace the most. In this video, I put up some reasoning upon this extraordinary title, a very rare title which was not from its context.
This poem is a typical war poem that praising the mighty king and his powerful army. Many names in this poem appear very familiar to us, which also appear in some other poems in Book of Songs. Those names identify the poem is about King Xuan(宣王), the second last King of West Zhou dynasty.
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