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Speak of the Devil...

Posted by Tal December 27, 2009 in the Group General Discussion.

There's a well known Chinese proverb:
说曹操,曹操到。
Shuō Cáo Cāo, Cáo Cāo dào
(Talk about Cao Cao, and he'll arrive!)

It means roughly the same as our English one which I've used as the title of this post.

曹操 (Cao Cao) was an ancient Chinese warlord, well known in folk tales and in the classic Romance of the Three Kingdoms (三国演义), and portrayed in Beijing Opera (京剧) as a villain with a white face (which symbolises betrayal).

Today the Guardian has a fascinating story about the possible discovery of his tomb!

Chinese coverage here and here for education fans.

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