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The Scholarly Arts

Last update: Tuesday 21 June 2005

This section highlights the presence and purpose of the scholarly arts in wuxia.

Music, Chess, Calligraphy and Painting -- these are the marks of a learned man as well as a cultured woman in the Chinese world.  It is no different in the realm of wuxia, where these scholarly abilities are often integrated with fighting skills and internal strength to form exquisite techniques that separate the mediocre from the extraordinary. 

The "Xiao Ao Jiang Hu" Song

Famed Southern Hengshan pugilist Liu Zhengfeng lost his entire family, as well as the his life and that of his best friend, Elder Qu Yang of the Sun-Moon Sect, because of the deep friendship between them.  Their unlikely bond of brotherhood was built around a common love for music, which resulted in the composition of the "Xiao Ao Jiang Hu" Song.  What is this song about, and how true is its story?