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Old February 27th, 2011, 12:33 PM   #1
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No, not the rappers. I'm talking about the traditional rivals of the Shaolin monks. In the movies the Wutang were depicted as selfish practitioners of magic abusing their talents for personal gain. Unlike the Shaolin they were ruthless and willing to take lives. Did such a group exist in ancient China? What were their origins? And how similar were they to their modern movie counterparts?
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Old February 27th, 2011, 12:54 PM   #3

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The Wu Tang Clan take their name from Wuxia fiction. The Wudang sect of mystical taoist, martial artists, as referenced by them, never existed.

The true Wudanquan is less interesting than their Wuxia counters, but none the less important as Shaolin or Choy LiFut.
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Martial arts movies exaggerate these groups to the absurd, taking 'badass' to its logical conclusion.

Wudang is, however, a real place, with a real Taoist sect practicing real martial arts. I can't tell you how historically important they were, though.

The Shaolin are another case entirely. They definitely were pretty active politically and rescued an emperor's family member from bandits once. They also fought off a bunch of pirates. Their history is a little better documented, I think.
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No, not the rappers. I'm talking about the traditional rivals of the Shaolin monks. In the movies the Wutang were depicted as selfish practitioners of magic abusing their talents for personal gain. Unlike the Shaolin they were ruthless and willing to take lives. Did such a group exist in ancient China? What were their origins? And how similar were they to their modern movie counterparts?
Only in some movies were WuTang ruthless and selfish. In most movies, Wu Tang was on par with Shaolin, leaders of the good guys in Wulin.
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Why is the Wutang's symbol a yinyang?
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Because they are specifically taoist, it is a taoist symbol
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And if you are familiar with Taoist philosophy, you will probably guess that Wutan's techniques were very passive-aggressive. They emphasized turning around a massive force with just a gentle spin. They also believed in the weak beating the strong, the soft beating the hard. So their movements were alot softer than those of Shaolin.

Nick, the round circle with both black and white halves are not called yingyang. It's called Taichi or the Supreme Extremes. Ying and Yang are its components.
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Old March 3rd, 2011, 09:08 PM   #9
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Wudang Mountain is one of the famous Taoist Holy Land,if you want to know about Wudang,you will have to understand
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In addition,film usually reflect screenwriter‘s personal ideas,so you might as well see it for fun.
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Cherry, do you know of any books or online sources (not wikipedia) about the wutang?
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