Tales of Daji – Episode 2

February 25, 2016 § Leave a comment

Daji was the favorite concubine of the Shang emperor. She was infamous for her beauty and the atrocities brought about by her wild ideas.

Daji was one curious being who loved to gain hands-on knowledge of things. One time, she saw a street entertainer performing the old “walking on burning coals” trick. Impressed by the performance, Daji ordered the man’s feet cut off so she could study why his feet were not burned by the hot coals. Another time, Daji encountered a pregnant woman and became curious as to what was inside her womb.  She promptly ordered the woman’s belly be sliced open so she could see what was inside.

More on Daji’s terrible adventures on the next episode.

Tales of Daji – Episode 1

February 22, 2016 § Leave a comment

Daji was the favorite concubine of the Shang emperor. She was infamous for her beauty and the atrocities brought about by her wild ideas.

It happened that the empress was a lady of great virtues. She was beloved for her uprightness and strong sense of justice. Daji found herself fascinated by the empress, leading her to devise a brilliant plan to test the empress’ virtues. First, she falsely accused the empress of treason. She then offered her leniency in exchange for an admittance of guilt. When the honorable empress refused the offer, Daji had the guards cut off both of her arms.

Despite great pain, the queen remained persistent in proclaiming her innocence. Daji decided to test her further by having the empress’ eyes forcefully removed.  To her surprise, the empress refused to give in even after such a cruel treatment. Daji was greatly impressed by the queen’s persistence; she finally reached the conclusion that the empress was indeed a virtuous woman and subsequently cleared her of all charges. Unfortunately, the queen would die soon after as a result of her fatal wounds.

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