I know that sounds geeky, and perhaps it is. But let me encourage you — once you get involved you’ll find it hard to stay away.
I watched these TV series (on Netflix) backwards. First was King’s War, mostly about the a lowly peasant who fought wars against the Qin territory and became the first Chu emperor in 202 BC. I love the series because of the drama, the costumes, the vastness of the world of China.
Of course, at one time, the Qin army surrendered to the Chu encampment, and since the Chu couldn’t feed the extra 200,000 men, they slaughtered them all, including pushing many of them over a cliff.
In the series I’m currently watching, Qi Alliance, I’m already on the 5th chapter. I love the series because of the drama, the costumes, the vastness of the world of China.
And in the first five chapters there was a war that demolished 80,000 soldiers in one sweep.
I think that besides being enchanted by the Asian world, it rocks me into reality about how barbaric the world has always been. Our World Wars and our Civil War doesn’t hold a candle to the barbaric savagery of the ancient world.
As much as it crushes us every time there is a death in our lives and in our world, I imagine the wives of the soldiers of Chu were crushed as well. Most of the army was made up of peasant soldiers or tradesmen that ate nothing but rice and perhaps chicken twice a year and a handful of vegetables scraped from the earth.
How do you feed 200,000 extra soldiers, then?
Of course, those two examples are only the tip of the death iceberg. Consider:
In the Tai Ping Rebellion civil war, which lasted from 1850 to 1864, the total casualties (including civilians) were reportedly anywhere from 20 million to 100 million.
The Mongols, a tribe of nomadic horsemen from Central Asia, may have killed as many as 18.4 million people in East Asia alone throughout the 13th century .
Today the numbers are much smaller. But there are still numbers.
I myself can’t figure out how two positions can hate each other so much that their only solution is death. But it has been so since BC, and now it’s AD and we are still killing each other.
I imagine the mothers of the sons of the Chu and the mothers of the sons of Vietnam all wondered the same thing.
Back to the movies, though…they are quite entertaining. The Chinese and Japanese points-of-view are refreshing and curious, to be certain. To me it’s like another world. Like Mars or Alderan.
And I love to escape when I can. Far away from our daily war.