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China Unveils Epic 1,320-Ton God Of War Statue
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China Unveils Epic 1,320-Ton God Of War Statue

You’d expect a God of War statue to look pretty epic. But there’s epic, and then there’s EPIC, and this enormous statue of Guan Yu, a famous general in Chinese history who was later deified, is most definitely EPIC.

The statue of the Chinese god has just been unveiled in Guan Yu Park in Jingzhou. It’s 58 meters (190ft) tall and weighs over 1,320 tonnes, and it contains over 4,000 strips of bronze. It was designed by Han Meilin, a Chinese artist who is probably best known for his designs of the 2008 Beijing Olympics mascots, and the monument is so big that there’s even an 8,000sqm museum inside it!

Guan Yu lived during China’s turbulent Three Kingdoms period. He carried an axe-like weapon called a Green Dragon Crescent Blade, which has been immortalized with him as part of the statue. The only difference is that the weapon now weighs 136 tonnes! And though for us westerners Guan Yu is commonly known as a War God, Chinese mythology celebrates a whole spectrum of his qualities, such as brotherhood and loyalty. It is very common for a household to have little shrines dedicated to him and celebrating Guan Yu goodness.

Did we mention this God of War statue was epic?

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Yugan Talovich
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5 years ago

In Chinese culture, he is rarely known as the god of warfare. He's better known as a protector of Buddhism and god of bookkeeping.

Marcin Stański
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5 years ago

Hmm I can see why. I will give back ALL books to his library VERY fast, without ANY delay if he would be a local librarian.

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A. Lampman
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5 years ago

From the air it looks like Guan Yu decided to skateboard across China.

AbiezerCelzo224352
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5 years ago

LMAO,. you hit it perfectly

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Tiny Dynamine
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5 years ago

It's an impressive statue but it would have been 100 times better if it was the god of peace. But then, this is in China. They have a statement to make.

Terrence Sum Ting Wong
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5 years ago

It isn't what you think......In Asia Guan Yu is the God of War but he's also the God of Brotherhood, Loyalty, Protection and Honor. It may sound funny, but police stations and gangs alike often have a statue of him in honor of their camaraderie and brotherhood, and it is extremely common for private residence to also have a shrine dedicated to Guan Yu for protection. Calling him the God of War is quite inaccurate.

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Yugan Talovich
Community Member
5 years ago

In Chinese culture, he is rarely known as the god of warfare. He's better known as a protector of Buddhism and god of bookkeeping.

Marcin Stański
Community Member
5 years ago

Hmm I can see why. I will give back ALL books to his library VERY fast, without ANY delay if he would be a local librarian.

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A. Lampman
Community Member
5 years ago

From the air it looks like Guan Yu decided to skateboard across China.

AbiezerCelzo224352
Community Member
5 years ago

LMAO,. you hit it perfectly

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Tiny Dynamine
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5 years ago

It's an impressive statue but it would have been 100 times better if it was the god of peace. But then, this is in China. They have a statement to make.

Terrence Sum Ting Wong
Community Member
5 years ago

It isn't what you think......In Asia Guan Yu is the God of War but he's also the God of Brotherhood, Loyalty, Protection and Honor. It may sound funny, but police stations and gangs alike often have a statue of him in honor of their camaraderie and brotherhood, and it is extremely common for private residence to also have a shrine dedicated to Guan Yu for protection. Calling him the God of War is quite inaccurate.

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