Free Advice From A Chinese Epic


Punch a tiger in the head,
and suddenly all your other problems
will seem small and insignificant.

The character portrayed here is Wu Song, one of the 108 heroes of the Chinese literary epic The Water Margin.  This particular rendition is from a double-set of playing cards depicting each of the 108 characters (52x2, plus 4 extra cards).  In the epic, Wu Song ends up in this particular situation after way too much drinking.  (Who would have guessed?)  But he ends up beating the tiger to death with his bare hands anyway.  So I guess the actual lesson to be learned is "You don't have to be drunk to beat a tiger to death with your bare hands, but it sure seems to help."

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