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A Study on the Records of Nong Zhigao, the Zhuang People’s Hero, as Shown in the Texts of the Joseon Period

  • The Journal of Chinese Cultural Studies
  • 2019, (43), pp.237-266
  • DOI : 10.18212/cccs.2019..43.011
  • Publisher : The Society For Chinese Cultural Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature > Chinese Literature > Chinese Culture
  • Received : January 16, 2019
  • Accepted : February 13, 2019
  • Published : February 28, 2019

Jang, Jeong Hae 1

1한신대학교

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ABSTRACT

Nong Zhigao is the forefather and great hero for the Zhuang people, a minority ethnic group in China. He founded Danan Guo at the border between China ad Vietnam during the reign of Emperor Renzong (仁宗) of Song. When quelled by Di Qing (狄靑), a great general of Song, he fled but was eventually killed. His life and wars with Song are described the most in the Chinese records, and as documents affiliated with the Zhuang people, the orally transmitted tales may be helpful, as well. The two sides offer quite opposite views on Nong Zhigao. The Chinese records view Nong Zhigao as a bandit who raised a rebellion and brutal man, whereas the Zhuang people’s ethnic tales depict him as a hero and demigod.

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