Southern and Northern Dynasties (Nán-Běi Cháo 南北朝)

Charles C. KOLB

A pictorial brick of the Southern Dynasties unearthed in Dengxian County of Henan province. It depicts the story about the crown prince of King Wuling of Zhou blowing a flute to attract phoenixes before becoming a Taoist Immortal.

The Southern and Northern dynasties (220–589 CE, although scholars debate the exact dates) were periods of civil unrest and warfare, but they also brought the spread of nonindigenous Mahayana Buddhism and native….

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