Liyang ulus-un üliger: J̌oo Šan ǰirum-un čerig-i bayiγuluγsan ni The Tale of the Liang Dynasty: How Zhao Shan Recruited an Army of Volunteers

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Cassette: 096-102
Transcription: hdl:11341/0000-0000-0000-2775
Transcription Number: Mo 44-50
Transcription Pages: 657 pp.
Recording: On 18-19 July 1994, Rinčindorǰi recorded the text from the recitation of the bard Kesigbuyan of Baɣarin West Banner .
Transcription Note: On March 12, 1995, Rinčindorǰi finished writing down the text.
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Language Archive Cologne: hdl:11341/0000-0000-0000-271D


SUMMARY

The story opens in Linsuo, the capital of the Liang dynasty, with the Emperor Wen Di receiving the civil and military officials at his morning court. At the assembly, the senior general Zhao Shan came forward and asked the Emperor’s permission to resign from his office and return to his native Shandong. On hearing this, the Imperial Teacher, Jin Fei , told the Emperor that he agreed with Zhao Shan’s decision to retire. Jin Fei was a traitor and Zhao Shan’s departure offered him the opportunity to give rein to his ambition to usurp the throne. Jin Fei’s daughter, Jin Meirong , was the Emperor’s second wife and she resided in the western palace. Before setting out, the general Zhao Shan recommended two loyal young men to the Emperor, the brothers Yu Baolin and Yu Baomu, who would protect the state from danger after he had gone. Thus, Emperor Wen Di conferred a general’s rank on Yu Baolin, and he made Yu Baomu deputy minister of state. At this moment, Jin Fei began to fear that he could not fulfil his ambition to sit on the throne. One day, the visit of a diviner was announced to the brothers Yu Baolin and Yu Baomu . He was in fact the Daoist priest Zhao Mu , disguised as a diviner. The two brothers received the diviner, and the latter predicted that they would die within one hundred days. Alarmed at the prediction, the two brothers begged for a remedy, and the diviner put three pills into two cups, asking them to take them. After this, the diviner disappeared from sight. As a result of taking the pills, the two brothers’ behaviour changed. They began to make common cause with the traitor Jin Fei and offered their service to him. While the morning court was taking place, Jin Fei, Yu Baolin and Yu Baomu rushed into the audience hall. Yu Baolin, brandishing a sword, laid hands on the Emperor’s shoulders, stripped off his royal garments and got Jin Fei to wear them. The Emperor’s mind blurred, he fell upon the jade steps, hit his head and died. Jin Fei ascended the throne and proclaimed himself Emperor Wen Li. The dynasty’s title was changed to Wei dynasty. After these events, Jin Meirong, Jin Fei ’s daughter, and Sui Chaoyun, the principal wife of the late emperor, consulted each other and decided to take the imperial seal and flee the capital together. After the two ladies had escaped, Yu Baolin and Yu Baomu ordered a large army to pursue them. On their way, a strong wind blew and Jin Meirong, who kept the seal in her bosom, was carried away by the wind and vanished. Empress Sui Chaoyun was captured by the soldiers and brought before Jin Fei, who condemned her to death. It was ordered to make a horse of brass, to place burning coal inside it and to sit Sui Chaoyun astride it. She was rescued by one of his sons, named Du Baoshan, and they managed to escape from the capital. They had not gone far when Yu Baolin and Yu Baomu. He was in fact the Daoist priest Zhao Mu, disguised as a diviner. The two brothers received the diviner, and the latter predicted that they would die within one hundred days. Alarmed at the prediction, the two brothers begged for a remedy, and the diviner put three pills into two cups, asking them to take them. After this, the diviner disappeared from sight. As a result of taking the pills, the two brothers’ behaviour changed. They began to make common cause with the traitor Jin Fei and offered their service to him. While the morning court was taking place, Jin Fei, Yu Baolin and Yu Baomu rushed into the audience hall. Yu Baolin, brandishing a sword, laid hands on the Emperor’s shoulders, stripped off his royal garments and got Jin Fei to wear them. The Emperor’s mind blurred, he fell upon the jade steps, hit his head and died. Jin Fei ascended the throne and proclaimed himself Emperor Wen Li. The dynasty’s title was changed to Wei dynasty. After these events, Jin Meirong, Jin Fei ’s daughter, and Sui Chaoyun, the principal wife of the late emperor, consulted each other and decided to take the imperial seal and flee the capital together. After the two ladies had escaped, Yu Baolin and Yu Baomu ordered a large army to pursue them. On their way, a strong wind blew and Jin Meirong, who kept the seal in her bosom, was carried away by the wind and vanished. Empress Sui Chaoyun was captured by the soldiers and brought before Jin Fei, who condemned her to death. It was ordered to make a horse of brass, to place burning coal inside it and to sit Sui Chaoyun astride it. She was rescued by one of his sons, named Du Baoshan, and they managed to escape from the capital. They had not gone far when Yu Baolin and Yu Baomu approached with five hundred soldiers. Sui Chaoyun was pregnant and gave birth to a boy, while Du Baoshan fought a duel with General Yu Baolin . Du Baoshan could not overcome Yu Baolin and was killed in combat. Then a clamour was heard and a warrior maiden appeared. She waved a flag three times reciting incantantions, causing the soldiers to fall asleep. The warrior maiden told Sui Chaoyun that she was staying in the Jin Ling Cave and that she had come to rescue Sui Chaoyun and the boy, following her master’s instructions. She took Empress Sui Chaoyun and the boy to Mao Family Village, leaving them under the protection of the Mao family. After returning to the capital, Yu Baomu told Jin Fei, now Emperor Wen Li, that the two ladies had not been found. He proposed to circulate warrants with a sketch of the two missing ladies’ faces, which announced that whoever captured them would be given ranks and gold. The warrant reached Sui Shenjiang, who was Empress Sui Chaoyun’s father. Upon learning that Jin Fei had overthrown the Liang dynasty and brought disgrace on his daughter, he raised a force of a hundred thousand soldiers and set out to vanquish Jin Fei and his followers and to restore the Liang dynasty. The warrant also reached General Zhao Shan, who had returned to his native Shandong. Having read it, he ordered announcements to be circulated to recruit men into an army of volunteers. Zhao Shan was able to raise an army of seventy thousand soldiers and set off for the capital. Zhao Shan joined forces with Sui Shenjiang, and the fight against the traitors began. The story ends with the Liang dynasty being restored and the traitors brought to justice.