Topless statue of controversial ancient Chinese beauty Pan Jinlian sparks debate among Chinese netizens
The controvertial statue of a topless Pan Jinlian in the scene titled Wu Song sacrificed heart of Pan Jinlian to his brother from the classical Chinese novel Water Margin on show in restored ancient city of Taierzhuang, Shandong Province. Pan Jinlian is also the key role in ancient Chinese erotic novel Jin Ping Mei, which is presumable written by Jia Sanjin.
Chinese netizens consider the topless statue of Pan Jinlian inappropriateAfter some visitor of the ancient town of Taierzhuang uploaded pictures of the bare breasted statue of Pan Jinlian online, a heavy debate has been sparked among Chinese netizens. In the Weibo opinion poll, over two thirds of the people taking part are against publicly demonstrating such a half naked statue, considering many seniors and children are also among the visitors to the turist spot. Sure there are also some netizens that do not oppose such a statue, who think it is not real human but just a statue, an piece of artwork and the chapter "Wu Song sacrificed heart of Pan Jinlian to his brother" in the original novel also wrote so.
Who is who? Pan Jinlian, Wu Song, Wu Dalang, Ximen QingPan Jinlian was the wife of Wu Dalang (武大郎), whose younger brother, Wu Song, eventually became one of the major marsh rebels and the most memorable hero among the average Chinese. While Wu Song was a handsome, stout and tall young man, Wu Dalong was an unsightly dwarf, making a living by peddling bread. Pan Jinlian, young, beautiful and graceful, was always jeered by neighbors as a flower planted in a cow's dung. Her affair with a wealthy and fine-looking womanizer Ximen Qing (西门庆) in town led to her murder of her husband and her own execution by her brother-in-law, who took the law into his own hands in revenging his brother after his failure to bring the case to a corrupt court.Pan Jinlian is not only one of the few women characters in Shi Nai'an's Water Margins (Outlaws of Marsh) , she is also the major role in the famouse ancient Chinese erotic novel Jin Ping Mei (金瓶梅) or The Plum in the Golden Vase, in which a key episode is the seduction of the adulterous Pan Jinlian by Ximen Qing (西门庆), a corrupt social climber and lustful merchant who is wealthy enough to marry a consort of six wives and concubines. The author of the Jin Ping Mei is Lanling Xiaoxiao Sheng (兰陵笑笑生), "The Scoffing Scholar of Lanling", a clear pseudonym, and his identity is presumed to be Jia Sanjin, a writer in Ming Dynasty.In a society when women were supposed to resign to their fate no matter whom they married, Pan Jinlian's act made her the most vicious and therefore condemned woman in Chinese history.
Past coverage about: Pan Jinlian Water Margin Wu Song Ximen Qing Jia Sanjin Jin Pingmei Topless statue
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