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山雞舞鏡 (Shān jī wǔ jìng)


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山雞舞鏡 (Shān jī wǔ jìng) - Self obsessed

Literal meaning - Pheasant dances in the mirror.

During the end of the East Han era, an official presented Cao Cao with a pheasant. It was said that the pheasant knew how to dance. No matter how the official pursuaded it, the pheasant refused to even move a muscle. Cao Cao's son, Cao Cong then asked the official about the place where the pheasant usually danced. It was then known that the pheasant loved to dance at the riverbed. Cao Cong realized that the pheasant only liked to dance in its on shadow so he ordered a mirror to be placed in front of the pheasant. The pheasant finally danced, and danced until it passed out and died due to exhaustion. Cao Cao asked his son as to why this happened, and Cao Cong told his father that the pheasant was already fatigued due to the long journey but because it saw how graceful it was, the pheasant just couldn't stop.

山雞舞鏡 (Shān jī wǔ jìng) means a person that is too proud and self-obsessed.



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