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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Red Hare 赤兔 (chì tù)

Posted by Ricky Chua On 1:35 AM No comments
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Dong Zhuo 董卓, Lu Bu 吕布, Guan Yu 关羽

Description from story:
"If Lu Bu is the human amongst humans, then Red Hare is the horse amongst horses 人中吕布, 马中赤兔" This horse is arguably the most prominent in the entire story, due to its link with Lu Bu. The Red Hare first appeared as a gift from Dong Zhuo to Lu Bu. It served as a bribery to tempt Lu Bu to defect to Dong Zhuo's side by killing Lu Bu's his own god-father, Ding Yuan 丁原. Lu Bu loved the Red Hare so much that he agreed to carry out the venomous deed. It was capable of running 400km a day!

After Lu Bu was executed by Cao Cao 曹操, Cao Cao gave the Red Hare to Guan Yu during his short service under Cao Wei 曹魏. Guan Yu was the only person in the Wei Kingdom who could tame the Red Hare. Cao Cao's respect for Guan Yu showed when he allowed Guan Yu to take the Red Hare with him when he left to rejoin Liu Bei 刘备.

The Red Hare fell into the hands of the Wu Kingdom 吴国 after Lu Meng 吕蒙 captured Guan Yu and executed him. However this horse refused to eat or obey anybody within Wu Kingdom. It consequently died of starvation.

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