Time Magazine: WOMAN of the Millennium

Jack Andrews amiga at primenet.com
Thu Oct 1 06:02:04 EST 1998


> Hua Mu-Lan (or Mulan)
>

> (5th c. AD)
>
> China's most famous woman warrior lived and fought in the fifth century AD. Her
> father was conscripted to go to war, but he was too
> sick to fight, so Hua Mu-Lan offered to go in his place. Her father rejected the
> offer, but she insisted. She suggested they have a sword
> fight and if she won, she'd go. Mu-Lan won the fight.
>
> She cut her hair, put on her father's armor and joined the emperor's troops using
> her father's name. For over ten years, she fought as a
> man without her true identity being discovered. Her bravery at the front lines
> and extraordinary fighting skill so impressed her general
> that he offered this soldier his daughter's hand in marriage. Somehow, the
> marriage never took place and Hua Mu-Lan returned home
> and became herself again. A play written in her honor, the Mu-Lan Play ends with
> the following lines:
>
> She had much fighting ability, and could act the leader. Her body passed through
> one hundred battles, always at the front, and
> compared to the fiercest soldiers, she was still better.
>
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