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DOI: 10.14704/nq.2022.20.8.NQ44814

Kung Fu Mural Painting at Shaolin Temple, Henan : Chinese Traditional Fighting Culture in the Context of Premodern Nation State

Xiaotao Guo, Supachai,Singyabuth


The results showed that Shaolin Kungfu refers to the long-standing traditional cultural system that formed in the specific Buddhist cultural environment of the Shaolin Temple in Songshan Mountain. It is based on belief in the divine power of Buddhism. Fully embodying the wisdom of Zen Buddhism and takes the martial arts practiced by the monks of the Shaolin Temple as the main form of expression. Later, the traditional Chinese martial culture at Shaolin Temple was associated with a state of war between China and foreign invaders. The Chinese at that stage resurrected their martial arts to defend themselves and fight against invaders. Therefore, a group was formed to practice fighting in the temple. especially the Shaolin Temple. In addition, to promote correct training Therefore, the murals documented the various poses and methods of fighting. Thus, the Kung Fu murals at Shaolin Temple were like a martial textbook that kung fu fighters practiced. and became an important role in this period of martial culture. Research purposes Kung Fu Mural Painting at Shaolin Temple, Henan : Chinese Traditional Fighting Culture in the Context of Pre-modern Nation State is a qualitative research Its main objectives are 1) to study the historical context of China, Henan, and the Shaolin Temple in the pre-modern era; 2) to study and study the murals of the pre-modern Shaolin Temple; 3) to study the history of the formation of traditional martial artsand pre-modern kung fu in pre-modern Shaolin Temple; and 4) to study the relationship between Shaolin Kung Fu frescoes and traditional pre-modern martial arts in the pre-modern Nation-State era. Research Methodology The research method is qualitative and the writing method is descriptive analysis. During this research process, the researchers collected information through field visits,literature reviews, and expert interview method. Conclusions / Discussion Through research, it is found that the formation of Shaolin traditional fighting skills is influenced by many factors such as historical environment, social environment, Confucian culture, Buddhism, Taoism and so on. The pre-modern period has experienced historical changes. Henan is located in the Central Plains, with rich products, rich historical culture and natural landscapes. The development and formation of Shaolin Temple, as well as the evolution of Shaolin Kungfu and Shaolin Temple Kungfu murals are all located in the larger environment, and the Historical developments and changes are closely linked.


Kung Fu Mural Painting; Traditional Fighting Culture; Cultural Identity

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