A New Book by Scott Park Phillips, the first cultural history of Chinese martial arts.
It answers questions like: Why does Taijiquan have so much mime in it? Why does Baguazhang look like a guy riding around on roller skates? What is a sworn brotherhood? How do talismans work? Was the Shaolin Monastery a theater school?
A straightforward account of the various historical and cultural factors which have preserved religious and theatrical traditions hidden inside of martial skills.
From Angry Baby Books ( 2016)