Thursday, April 14, 2011

History Became Legend

"All legend was history as history became legend about her. Along her rivers and about her plains -- and far beyond, her fortresses and tumuli, temples and shrines, her trees over a thousand years old -- were witnesses to battles faught, phrases said, stratagems of war and politics. All was in place, known, written, and recorded." -- 13 year old Chinese boy in Sichuan 1898 (quoted in Suyin Han, The Crippled Tree, 1965 and also here and here)

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Fungus FitzJuggler III said...