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Taizong - The Emperor who shaped the Tang Dynasty (Part 2)
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Beard unconditionally gives all his wealth
and power to Li Jing and exhorted him to use
all his given resources to assist Taizong to
the throne. Such generosity and willingness
to step back for one greater than oneself was
considered an act of true heroism in the
traditional Chinese code of Honour.

The ode adopted a Jin Dynasty literary
technique of repetition to reinforce the
unquestionable identity of Taizong as the
True Son of Heaven. In particular, there was
specific allusion to the Daoist’s ability to
use supernatural face-reading (physiognomy) to
legitimize Taizong’s mandate.

Taizong, the Great Warrior, the
Calligrapher and the Art Collector

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