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    Chinese Bowling (Fifteen-Pin Bowling or Mushe)

    Post  Xin on Tue Sep 22, 2009 1:25 am

    Mushe, a popular sport in the Tang dynasty, is aiso named "Fifteen-pin Bowling". It is a game to knock down the pins in a distance away with a rolling wooden ball. A painting "Fifteen-pin Bowling Picture" by Lu Bing in the Tang dynasty explains clearly the rules and methods of the game. It was usually held in a very spacious room. At the end of the court, fifteen bamboo shoot-shaped and paralleled-placed pins were set, on each of them were written in Red and Black, ten of which were written in Red with the ten words—Kindness, Justice. Politeness, Ration, Honesty, Gentleness, Goodness, Respect, Thrift and Modesty. and five were written in Black with the five words—Haughtiness, Superciliousness. Sycophancy, Avarice and Abuse. The competitors threw the wooden ball to the pins in turn from the other end of the court. Those who hit the pins with red words and knock them down would win, and the those who hit the pins with black words and knock them down would lose. The game has integrated China traditional ethics , which is the main feature of China traditional sports as well as the chief characteristic of the Fifteen-pin Bowling.

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