December 3, 2013

The Seven Womanly Virtues

According to Ban Zhao (45 CE-116 CE), sister of the historian Ban Gu, the Chinese woman of the Han dynasty era had to exhibit seven traits to be considered virtuous:

  1. Humility.
  2. Resignation.
  3. Subservience.
  4. Self-abasement.
  5. Obedience.
  6. Cleanliness.
  7. Industry.
Boy am I glad to be living in modern times.  Being a woman back then sounds like no fun at all!

OK, so Mulan did not satisfy most of those requirements. But I just found this painting by Heather Theurer just too pretty to pass.

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