2007年2月3日星期六

Aisingioro Abahai


This great person changed Manchuria, and at the same time created Manchuria, entitling the Manchus to their administration over a vast empire. His name was Abahai, eighth son of Nurhaci, and one of the founders of the Great Tsing.

As a member of the modern society, I find it difficult to imagine how the Manchus rose from the 'margin' of the Ming empire, and how they had undergone a gradual process of degeneration.

The only thing I can do is to reflect on that great emperor's martial feats, as the former royal palaces stand empty in Mukden, along with the freezing Manchurian winds.

How he had been crowned when his royal father died in gloom and the Manchu army was under a totally disadvantageous state, how he had conducted espionage on the Ming court and caused utmost dissension among the Chinese, how he had managed to establish an unsurpassable Jakun Gusa and eventually vanquished his enemies and how he had passed away with his dreams left unreached but an empire of strong military power and stability, these were vital constituents of this hero of Manchuria, who has been adored by generations of Manchu youngsters.

He really deserves that.

Under his reign the Jurchens rose, then followed by a boom in pride and self-esteem for the group, whose name was later altered as Manju(Manchu).

With his great effort the Manchu culture developed, thus a civilised state had come into shape and the Manchu spirit still lives on.

HoweverManchuria is no longer what it used to be, where thousands of knights and warriors had once trekked, where Abahai had once consulted his generals and marshals in his tent, and where the ancestors of Manchus had departed the shores of Baikal and settled fishing and hunting.

The Manchurian glory had intactly faded. Yet the spirit he created dwells deeply, and most clandestinely, in every Manchurian soul.

Let the gurgling streams that pelt the land mourn for our hero, and icy frosts that fall on every toppling cedar be his epitaph.


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