Tang & the Alter of Xia

March 9, 2009

More great quotes from Sima Qian’s wikisource text

汤既胜夏 Once Tang was victorious over the State of Xia
欲迁其社 He desired to remove their alter
不可 But he was not able
作夏社 So he made it into the Alter to Xia

I love that the text doesn’t say why Tang wasn’t able to remove the alter; just that he couldn’t do it. And also, that Tang responded by turning it into an alter to his vanquished foes and their ancestors, just in case anyone was upset by what he’d done. Awesome.

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