Can anybody translate those Chinese character?
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The writings on the pillar is a famous Chinese poetry written during the Three Kingdoms in China (AD 222 – 280). The title of the poetry is “Poetry in Seven Steps”.
It’s a portrait of conflicts between brothers fighting for throne. The elder brother eventually became the king, but he didn’t give up finding excuse to kill his younger brother. The latter is a scholar, so the king used this as an excuse and tried to frame his brother. He asked his brother to prove he is really talented. He will spare his brother’s life if he can come out with a poetry within seven steps.
The younger brother paused to think for a short while, and begin walking. As he walks in tears he said the following poetry in seven steps:
Beans were boiled in a pot by burning bean stalks
The beans in the pot cried out
We were originally grown from the same root
Why then do we need to kill each other impatiently?
That’s the meaning of poetry written on the pillar.
Thanks Wen Ping!
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