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15 November 2005 @ 04:37 pm
Trivia about Ling and where the name might've originated...  
I just read a post about the meaning behind the characters' names (which I've always thought is very interesting) and thought this tidbit I'd found while doing research for a fanfic would be nice to know. I've heard this kind of trivia for all the other characters (Arakawa-sensei getting most of the names from warcrafts and famous alchemists and stuff like that) but I haven't read anything on Ling, so I figured I would post this. I know Yao is a fairly common family name in China so I won't go into the meaning of the name, just where it might have come from and its relationship to Alchemy. If you had already heard about this, feel free to bite my head off XD

All info comes from the wikipedia, of course.

The most famous alchemist of the far East is Elder Zhang Guo. In fact, he's known as one of the Eight Immortals which are held as deities. He lived during the Tang Dynasty and worked as an alchemist under Empress Wu. He was pretty eccentric (read: completely weird/crazy @_@)-- he rode his white donkey backwards, and he always carried around a phoenix feather or a peach, two symbols for immortality (oriental alchemists were more focused on the spiritual products of alchemy, i.e.: immortality, than the occidental alchemists, who were looking mostly for material products like turning lead into gold and such, though there are exceptions, of course). Zhang Guo also declared that in a past life he had served as Prime Minister to Emperor Yao, who was one of the most revered semi-mythical Chinese Emperors and most likely the source of Ling's family name.

As a funny detail, Zhang Guo also has a kung-fu style dedicated to him (I figured it might have something to do with the fact that Ling can fight?), and it is a pretty funky, unconventional style of fighting.
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Toby: Tohrut3h_toby_chan on November 15th, 2005 10:16 pm (UTC)
XD That's some pretty cool trivia. Thanks for sharing.
Luna Hoshinoluna_hoshino on November 15th, 2005 10:30 pm (UTC)
Ahhhh, flashbacks to my Chinese Social History class from sophomore year. XD Yeah, alchemy was a major component of Daoism as I recall-- there was an entire chapter in one of our books devoted to it.
Ayameminako134 on November 18th, 2005 05:26 am (UTC)
Holy cow, school is getting to me... I thought the "Ling" in the link on fma_info was for "Linguistics". XD
Ayameminako134 on November 18th, 2005 05:26 am (UTC)
Sorry, sorry, I meant fullmetal_info, oopsies...