History Headscratchers / Mulan

4th Apr '17 5:53:14 PM Sharlee
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** Of ''course'' Mushu breathes fire. When he's not animated to protect the family, [[FridgeBrilliance he's an incense burner!]]
4th Apr '17 5:44:44 PM Sharlee
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** And if the Imperial authorities caught on that Mulan was female ''after'' he'd backed up her ruse, they would have executed Mulan ''and her father''. He'd have abetted his daughter's crime. Even his wife might be charged with complicity, because she certainly knew there was no Li son.

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** And if the Imperial authorities caught on that Mulan was female ''after'' he'd backed up her ruse, they would have executed Mulan ''and her father''. He'd have abetted his daughter's crime. Even his wife might be charged with complicity, because she certainly knew there was no Li they didn't have a son.
4th Apr '17 5:43:59 PM Sharlee
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** And if the Imperial authorities caught on that Mulan was female ''after'' he'd backed up her ruse, they would have executed Mulan ''and her father''. He'd have abetted his daughter's crime.

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** And if the Imperial authorities caught on that Mulan was female ''after'' he'd backed up her ruse, they would have executed Mulan ''and her father''. He'd have abetted his daughter's crime.
crime. Even his wife might be charged with complicity, because she certainly knew there was no Li son.
4th Apr '17 5:41:47 PM Sharlee
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** And if the Imperial authorities caught on that Mulan was female ''after'' he'd backed up her ruse, they would have executed Mulan ''and her father''. He'd have abetted his daughter's crime.
4th Apr '17 5:36:38 PM Sharlee
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*** Also, steppe nomads seldom limit themselves to just one horse. They probably found some of their army's spare animals, that'd escaped the avalanche and were roaming around loose.
4th Apr '17 5:33:33 PM Sharlee
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** If the Imperial forces had any scouts observing the Huns' forces preparing for the attack, they may have seen the nomads' clan standards being used to muster and organize their invasion-force. Presumably the biggest standard was that of Shan-Yu.
4th Apr '17 5:17:26 PM Sharlee
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*** Or just plain deserted, consequences be damned, once they'd had a good look at the scale and brutality of the Hun threat. Especially once it became clear that there weren't enough Chinese Army troops left to waste any on rounding up deserters.

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*** Or just plain deserted, consequences be damned, once they'd had a good look at the scale and brutality of the Hun threat. Especially once it became clear that there weren't enough Chinese Army Imperial troops left to waste any on rounding up deserters.
4th Apr '17 5:17:00 PM Sharlee
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*** Or just plain deserted, consequences be damned, once they'd had a good look at the scale and brutality of the Hun threat. Especially once it became clear that there weren't enough Chinese Army troops left to waste any on rounding up deserters.
16th Mar '17 10:45:57 PM jormis29
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!!Mulan 2009 Movie

* Who exactly is the Caucasian-looking man (Played by Vitas) who is serving the Rouran chieftain and how did he get there?
** Some random Caucasian minority tribal living in the "barbarian" lands (there's quite a few of those tribes along the Silk Road, it turns out), and he got there by being competent at his job.
28th Jan '17 9:16:19 PM Adriantancy
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** A bigger puzzle will be how are the Huns able to convincingly perform the dragon dance itself to the point that no one in that big crowd as much as suspected that a bunch of imposters had hijacked the original dance troupe? The dragon dance is full of specialized and complex moves that are associated with specific symbolic meanings; these moves have to take place in accordance to fixed timings and sequences; all moves require considerable coordination of fairly athletic actions among troupe members; and the all the above also apply to the drummers providing the beat. If you are just randomly jumping around or shaking about, it will be very obvious, and any crowd in China will very quickly and massively hoot their disapproval to stop it. That is because it is not just disrespectful but downright very, very unlucky to mess up the dragon dance (both to performers as well as to the locale), as there are taboos and superstition associated with its correct performance. Put it another way, those Huns were such smooth operators, you'll have to think where they manage to fit in all those necessary dragon dance rehersals in their presumably otherwise busy nomadic huntin' and raidin' steppes lifestyle.

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** A bigger puzzle will be how are the Huns able to convincingly perform the dragon dance itself to the point that no one in that big crowd as much as suspected that a bunch of imposters had hijacked the original dance troupe? The dragon dance is full of specialized and complex moves that are associated with specific symbolic meanings; these moves have to take place in accordance to fixed specific timings and sequences; all moves require considerable coordination of fairly athletic actions among troupe members; and the all the above also apply to the drummers providing the beat. If you are just randomly jumping around or shaking about, it will be very obvious, and any crowd in China will very quickly and massively hoot make known their disapproval to stop of it. That is because it is not just disrespectful but downright very, very unlucky to mess up the dragon dance (both to performers as well as to the locale), as there are taboos and superstition associated with its correct performance. Put it another way, those Huns were such smooth operators, you'll have to think where they manage to fit in all those necessary dragon dance rehersals in their presumably otherwise very busy nomadic huntin' and raidin' steppes lifestyle.
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