Taiji Origins & Creation Myths

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Taiji Origins & Creation Myths

Postby Greg J on Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:05 am

Hi everyone,

This somewhat heady article from the Journal of Martial Arts Studies looks at four relatively new Taiji document finds. It begins with an examination of the historical and sociological dimensions that have influenced both the practice and interpretations of Taiji's ancient origins, and then goes into the four new documents - summarizing first what they reveal and then exploring the implications they have on Taiji creation myths.

"If authentic, the four documents will, indeed, require revision of our writing of taijiquan’s history, but the bigger story may be the reigniting of the century-old culture war between traditionalists and modernizers, the commercial competition between villages claiming to be the birthplace of taijiquan, and the political struggle between official and dissident scholars..." (p 32).

https://publications.cardiffuniversityp ... ew/729/749

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Re: Taiji Origins & Creation Myths

Postby yeniseri on Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:29 am

Contrary to unpopular belief, the taijiquan of present modernity is/was and was always from Chenjiagou, and obviously influenced by CMA of the area (500 years ago ;D )and the input of Li family.
All other stuff known as taijiquan appears to be be copies from those who may not have mastered taiji but were able to have a bigger voice to get their untruths heard.
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Re: Taiji Origins & Creation Myths

Postby Steve James on Fri Oct 06, 2017 11:22 am

First, we need to read the article. :)
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Re: Taiji Origins & Creation Myths

Postby taiwandeutscher on Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:05 pm

I do respect the author a lot. But the publsihers do neither have MA nor language/culture expertise. So the ypublish that article withou Chinese characters, what a hoot!
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