Women hold up half the sky & the famous Chinese pirate

Chairman Mao famously said the following

妇女能顶半边天

Fùnǚ néng dǐng bànbiāntiān

“Women hold up half the sky”
Mao Ze Dong

It is true that China is becoming more and more equal, and China is also very safe.

Here is a story of a very interesting famous Chinese female pirate.

鄭氏 Ching Shih

Born in 1775, Ching Shi is one of the most famous pirates in the world who commanded 300 junks and 20,000 to 40,000 pirates. 

Originally a prostitute on a floating brothel, she married Cheng I who was a notorious pirate. On his early death at 39, she made moves to consolidate her power. 

In order to unite the pirates she issued a strict code of laws which included beheading for not following orders, sharing the bounty equally. Failing to follow resulted in putting pirates to death, clapping in irons, or quartering. Ears were chopped off for deserters.

Here are some interesting characters:

We know that tian means field, but if you see it connected to a body it is bad news and has an evil meaning. 


Gui is a ghost, it shows a man with a strange head and a tail. 

魔鬼

The devil is mogui which is just the 麻 and 鬼 to give it the sound of mo. 

Wei is fear which is a man carrying a weapon and a mask

魑魅魍魎

Chīmèiwǎngliǎng 

Means all types of devils and monstors, and it is made of mountain elf, goblins and demons!

魑 Mountain elf

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