Pacifying Demons

Scott Park Phillips explains the importance of theatrical literature for understanding martial arts. If you know Xuanwu's epic Beiyouji your idea about what you are doing with your Martial Arts will flip. China was conquered from within after the Boxer Uprising by the idea of Tragic Religion. After that, the Comic Religions of Zhang Sanfeng and Nezha that inspired the creation of Internal Martial Arts were suppressed.