Stuff to do on Sunday if you’re bored
According to An unfinished soul, one can read about various philosophical movements on Wikipedia between laundry loads.
But it also seems that more people on Google are looking for “What to do on Sunday if your bored“. Do they really mean “your bored”? Shouldn’t it be “your board”? As in, How many boards would the Mongols hoard if the Mongol hordes got bored?.
And Kuan Yin is apparently also popular, but not, apparently, Kuan Ti, the god of war. Kuan Ti I’d heard of, but not Kuan Yin.
In almost every Chinese house there is an altar on the wall containing a picture of Kuan Ti, the red-faced god of war. It always faces the entrance, for demons and evil spirits do not dare to enter into his presence. He is the greatest and most powerful god in the pantheon. Prior to his deification, Kuan Ti was a historical figure who lived from AD 162-220. He was a mighty warrior. In about AD 184 there had been a peasant rebellion against the Han dynasty. The rebels were called Yellow Turbans from the scarves they tied round their heads. The empire was in chaos, and was effectively ruled by a succession of warlords, and was divided into three kingdoms, Wei in the north, Wu in the south and Shu in the west. Kuan Yu, whose original name was Yun-chang, had been outlawed, but formed a force in the service of general Yuan Shao with two “brothers”, the senior of whom was Liu Pei. In a time of shifting loyalties, he was admired for his loyalty to Liu Pei. It was the fusion of “might” and “right” that led to his deification. He was betrayed and beheaded, and his spirit appeared to a Buddhist priest who instructed him in the law. In the 7th century his cult was adopted by the Buddhists (Chamberlain, Chinese gods, 1987)
I’m not sure if that’s much help with Kuan Yin, though.
But you must be pretty bored to blog about stuff that people are googling for on a Sunday afternoon. On that point I fully agree with “An Unfinished Soul”. And then there is Eileen Nude, which seems to be another popular Sunday pastime.
I’m feeling a little faint, I think my blood sugar must be too low.
But one thing I’ve noticed, the most popular blogs seem to have a lot of random nonsensical stream-of-consciousness stuff like this. Have you ever Googled “random wondering and philosophy”?
I think I’ll try it.