Love stories depicted on Dunhuang murals

By Bi Nan | | 2017-02-16 07:00
Love stories depicted on Dunhuang murals

[Photo/Dunhuang Research Academy]

This mural at the south wall of Cave No 85 depicts a love story with a happier ending. Shan You, a prince in ancient India, was stabbed and blinded by his evil brother after they successfully found a treasure bead in the sea. Useless as he was, he wandered to another kingdom and became an orchard keeper for the king. He enjoyed playing the guzheng (a Chinese zither) while guarding the orchard. One day, the princess of the kingdom came to the orchard and heard his music. She then fell in love with the music and player. The princess decided to marry Shan You even though her father didn't agree. They are real soul mates who live a happy life together.

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