Being a Penangite and growing up among the white moonfaces chinese in Padang Tembak had long inspired my family and I watching chinese drama series..since i was in my kindergarten years till Form 5, chinese series are a must every evening and oftenly my sister and I; we did pick up some simple cantonese words that were kept being rephrase again and again! It was a long abstinence after i left house (for the first time!) for my Matriculation year at KMPP and masa tuh memang i don’t have chance to watch TV ..kalau ade pun tak berminta nak ikuti since i will likely bz myself wit other things…So, eventually sampailah around this time after i graduated barulah berkesempatan nak ikuti a drama series after fer like what…4 years of hiatus?LOL !!
The chinese series i was partially dying (hark!) to write about here is the phenomenal "War & Beauty" aired at TV3 and just finished around 2 days ago…As a self-confessed History freak, i was just so awed with the imperial costumes,the culture and the protocols of that era..This drama basically revolves around the life of concubines and how each one of them exercize dirty tricks, outwit and outclass each other to achieve one ultimate goal>>that is to become powerful by gracing favors in the eyes of the Emperor! Lust is inseparable with greed thus deaths are always inevitable…
All of these scandals (in the drama) actually are not mere fabricated because sebenarnya all of these things really happen dalam sejarah!When i was Form 1, i bought a book called "Secrets Of The Chinese Palace". The book listed several well known Chinese concubines who made it to the history due to the fact that some of them bore sons of the emperors(Lady Qi Yi, Lady Wang Zhi or Lady Wei Zifu), or caused downfall of certain dynasties (Lady Bao Si) or infamously had illicit sexual endeavours with countless men (Lady Xia Ji)! The life etched in the book were dramatic yet were real sebab kesemua senarai-senarai nama ini telah direkodkan oleh sida-sida Imperial Palace secara terperinci…We all know that raja-raja dahulu usually had harems of concubines and mistresses ( The Arabian dynasties, The Siamese Dynasties) but how many of us know yang this practice happened bukan sekadar for fun (LOL!)? The reason was so taht the emperor boleh produced heirs to the throne sebanyak mana yang mungkin supaya the blood line heritage akan terjamin! For example, The Chinese emperor DID NOT HAVE power against his own sex life..everything was determined by eunuchs (sida-sida: lelaki yang dikembiri aka ‘castrate’)>>when the intimate contact could be done,etc : matched by the enumeration of the emperor’s and the particular concubines’ fertile period~
Dalam sejarah, Empress Cixi adalah yang terkenal sebab she was a cruel and ruthless empress and was responsible for the downfall of Chinese Imperial dynasty yg berusia 600 tahun! Her regime was so uncouth and she purposedly tabalkan her then 3 years old nephew as emperor supaya boleh control the pemerintahan! It was said her reigning was in the same period with Queen Victoria yet her lifestyle was ridiculously luxurious! Anyway, dalam National Geographic stated taht her regime untuk mengekalkan her keremajaan (rejuvenation) ialah dengan minum susu manusia and kambing (erk!?) and rendaman kulit muka dengan air panas so that the wrinkles in her face could be lessen! Euwwww YUCK!
Selain daripada tuh, sejarah ada mengatakan bahawa semasa Dinasti Ming, Emperor Zhu Houcong was attacked by 16 concubines yang berniat nak bunuh the Emperor…But the attempt failed and the 16 concubines were executed! Lady Bao Si pula mengikut sejarah telah menyebabkan kejatuhan Dinasti Zhou kerana the emperor was trying so hard to make her smile sampai menyalakan unggun api kecemasan palsu dan menyebabkan askar2x yang datang marah kerana mereka hanya diperbodohkan! When the real threat terjadi, the soldiers refused to come and as the history stated, the fall of Zhou Dynasty took place in 771 BC.
History really fascinates me! I guess that is why i’m not so much a scientific minded person though i finished my degree in biological science majoring in microbiology!~ =p