As anyone who practiced traditional Chinese martial arts (wushu or kung-fu) knows, these fighting systems almost all derive their fundamental inspiration from animals and animal behavior. For instance, you have your Tiger style, Dragon style, Crab, Crane, Praying Mantis, Monkey, Bear, etc…. So basically here you have ‘humans’ impersonating animals. I wonder how this relates to the human ego, which is after all is the animal mind, and the desire of getting rid of it in order to attain true human nature. In other words, can traditional Chinese martial artists attain true humanness if they continue to show such a high affinity with the animal kingdom?
August 31, 2008
2. Eastern Martial Arts And Spirituality, Animal Emulation and becoming fully human
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