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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Huá Liú 骅骝

Posted by Ricky Chua On 11:22 PM No comments
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Similar to Da Yuan 大宛, Hua Liu is not a specific horse in the story but a superb breed. Recognized 1000 years before the Three Kingdoms era, Hua Liu gain prominence in the Western Zhou dynasty 西周朝代, where King Mu 周穆王 (approx BC 950) described Hu Liu as one of eight of the best breeds of horses. It is consistently mentioned in historical records and writings from the Qin Dynasty 秦朝 (before three kingdoms era), Tang Dynasty 唐朝 (after three kingdoms era), Song Dynasty 宋朝, to the most recent Qing Dynasty 清朝.

Hua Liu does not appear to have been mentioned specifically in the story, but its lineage would probably have been widely known by the time the three kingdoms era begun.

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