Jump to content
Chinese-forums.com
Learn Chinese in China

Ever heard of it -- Liu and Wang don't get married?


Recommended Posts

I read the Reader's Opinion in the current (Or last month's issue) National Geographic Magazine which a Chinese reader commented on the Han Dynasty article that was published months earlier.

This reader -- Mr. Liu -- claimed that in their hometown there has been such tradition that the sons and daughters of his clan never get married with the sons and daughters of the Wang clan. The reason is that Wang Meng had toppled the Western Han Dynasty.

Has anybody ever heard of such tradition? Since Liu and Wang are both popular last names with at least tens of millions people, it would severely restrict the number of potential spouses for each group respectively.

Link to post
Share on other sites
Site Sponsors:
Pleco for iPhone / Android iPhone & Android Chinese dictionary: camera & hand- writing input, flashcards, audio.
Study Chinese in Kunming 1-1 classes, qualified teachers and unique teaching methods in the Spring City.
Learn Chinese Characters Learn 2289 Chinese Characters in 90 Days with a Unique Flash Card System.
Hacking Chinese Tips and strategies for how to learn Chinese more efficiently
Popup Chinese Translator Understand Chinese inside any Windows application, website or PDF.
Chinese Grammar Wiki All Chinese grammar, organised by level, all in one place.

back in my grandad's hometown people from his village never marry people with surname 'lin' in the past, cos they had a feud during the qing dynasty. his village consist mainly of family with the same surname as my family, while the lins are the one of the larger families in the next village. they had a clan war in the end and the lins were almost wiped out. 2 yrs ago i visited my grandad's hometown, and i saw this funny roundabout in the middle of the village with a little 土地庙 in the center. i asked my dad and he told me according to grandad that was the place where the slaughtered lins were buried. the little temple was there to calm their souls. i also remembered my dad told me he ended a relationship with a 'lin' lady in his younger days because of this too, althou he was born outside china. it no real 'romeo and juliet' ending...

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and select your username and password later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Click here to reply. Select text to quote.

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

×
×
  • Create New...