San Qing or The Three Pure Ones

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Right, so first up, apologies that this came so late! I had difficulty finding out information about these people uh, I mean, gods and so, instead of three posts, I only have one post. I have scoured the internet (i.e., looked beyond Wikipedia and page 10 of google search results,) went to my libraries, and I did not find much about them. If you have information about these gods, please come forward - I mean, drop something in my submission box! I would really really appreciate it. Besides, the point of this blog isn’t about writing as little information about these gods - yeah, I suck at microblogging, but finding out as much info as possible ‘so that people would know of them, and that’s what I’m trying to do.

Anyway, for now, I will write about these gods the best I can and hopefully give them their due!

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(This pic was taken from Myths and Legends of Ancient China by E.T.C Werner)

Check these Taoist gods out! They are so zen, yo! But anyway, like lotsa religions, these holy peeps come in threes and it’s no surprise. It’s also no surprise that these guys are the head of Taoism, and they were like totally formed of this primordial nothingness or emptiness. They also have many names, like the Three Pure Pellucid Ones, the Three Pristine Ones, the Three Divine Teachers, the Three Clarities, aaaand the Three Purities. What a mouthful! Lotsa people wonder how two other gods can be produced from the same primordial source, but some say it’s because Yin and Yang interacted with each other. Anyway, here they are!

The Jade Pure One

The first dude is called Yu Qing, or the Jade Pure One. He’s the first guy, the big boss who lives in the Jade Mountain. There’s a golden door in front of his palace, and he’s the source of light and truth. Actually, most of you know him as Yuanshi Tianzun (元始天尊) or Yu Huang Dadi i.e. the Jade Emperor! (Well, that’s who some people say he is, anyway.) He is also called Tianbao, which means Heavenly Treasure, too. The Jade Emperor actually used to be above this whole, Three Pure Ones thing but over time he was integrated into this trinity till he became the Jade Pure One.

The Supreme Pure One

Next up is this guy, Shang Qing, and he’s also called Lingbao Tianzun (靈寶天尊). Unfortunately, there’s no epic origin story about him - he’s like, always existed at the beginning of time, keeper of sacred books. He can actually count time and like, divide it into different eras, and he regulates Yin and Yang and make sure they keep balance.

The Grand Pure One

The third dude is called Tai Qing, and people think he’s Laozi. He’s also called (道德天尊) Daode Tianzu, or (太上老君) Taishang Laojun. He’s the guy who tries to spread the doctrine by the second dude, Lingbao Tianzun. He’s also called Shenbao, or Immortal Treasure. People say he’s been teachers and emperors throughout various generations, and he’s helped them shape the Kingdom.

Eh, I know they aren’t the most interesting immortals, and there’s a reason for that. See, these Taoist people didn’t wanna be outshined by the Buddhists, 'cause the Buddhists had Law and Priesthood, sooo Taoists just had to have the Tao, the Classics, and the Priesthood. Yeah yeah, I know the descriptions are abysmal, and most of the descriptions are take from the book the pic is from, Myths and Legends of Ancient China by E.T.C Werner. It’s the only source I got. If you have any information on these guys, please send them to me, and once I’ve gotten all the info, I’ll make a better post.

Come next week for more epic gods!

I embark on the creation of an AU here is conflict that will be the sanq and the only personage of the AU represents the war and the violence come to ask me questions I would answer gladly.

It will surely change design in the days that follow (on some details)

I decided to translate the interview with KENN, who voices Aoi, that was inside this month’s Tsukino Pro magazine ^^ (this is just the cover as the scan I used is not allowed to be shared on other sites) Anyone who follows me should know that KENN is my seiyuu bias and Aoi is my favourite Tsukiuta guy so I was all (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧ as I read this interview. Even so it was extremely interesting to hear about KENN’s insight into Aoi, as well as some interesting facts about himself and his BFF Maeno Tomoaki that he revealed 

Slowly getting more confident in my reading skills, but there might be some mistakes along the way and I couldn’t make out the kanji in some areas, but I’ve marked the parts I’m unsure about~

May’s male character, the role of Satsuki Aoi:
Interview with KENN-san

Q. Please tell us your impressions of the recording.

A. Up til now the songs I have done have been ones of encouragement, however this time the song that I recorded, ‘YES!’, is one that is singing the story of a rival. Even though it has a refreshing image to it, there’s a painful chord progression that builds up, I think people will be able to look forward to that gap in the (emotions of the) song. The feelings when you sing the lyrics come together at an important point, and I think that it’s good to try and convey that to the world, that is how I sung it (???). In the other song ‘ハルカゼとヒバリ’ (Harukaze to Hibari) it had a concept of “I (Aoi) will be happy if I can be the wind that will cheer you up,” it has a gentle melody. When I first heard ‘Harukaze to Hibari’, I thought that there was a part to it which sounds like it’s leading into the first song that I sung, ‘カルミアと五月雨’ (Karumia to Samidare). Although they are completely different songs, I think that they both somehow have a sorrowful feeling to them. Refreshing people also have painful parts to them inside, and I think that that is very much like Aoi.

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Hanji: Entry 1

Dear Diary, 

Since I am being asked to keep my personal entries and my scientific findings separated and archived differently, I will do my level best to remember this. Alas, one cannot remove the scientist from the scientist as we will likely discover. Instead, I shall compile a list of all of the various things I have been forbidden from doing by my superiors. 

As of this writing, I am not allowed to do the following:
1.) Sell 3dmg insurance to the MP or Garrison, even if it could be an excellent fundraiser, and even if I could legitimately fix the gear.
2.) I am not allowed to mail leeches to Nile Dok.
3.) Tubas, Trombones, and other brass instruments are no longer allowed in the lab. 
4.) “For Science!” is not a legitimate excuse to do most anything. (apparently) 
5.) I am not allowed to freestyle in front of the cadets. 
6.) I am not allowed to learn necromancy.
7.) I am not allowed to name diseases after my delightful friends in the MP.
8.) It is still murder even if they are in the Wall Cult.
9.) I am not allowed to sell pain relieving opiates the other military units, but especially not while wearing a fur coat and bronze goggles. 
10.) I am still not allowed to try to dig under the wall. 
11.) I am not allowed to perform bluegrass songs under the stage name “Hanjo The Banjo”
12.) A “Levi” is not a unit of measurement.
13.) I am not allowed to try to breed carnivorous plants. 
14.) I am not allowed to dam the river and flood the valley just to create a body of water large enough to see if titan Eren can swim. 
15.) Rocks with faces drawn on them are not permitted as currency.
16.) I am not allowed to tell everyone that Erwin Smith is an adopted name, and that the Commander as We Know Him was once named Octavius Lupin the III, lost heir to the Sanq Kingdom. 
17.) I am no longer allowed to challenge the cadets to games of Dungeons and Dragons. 
18.) I cannot simply adopt any child I find sitting alone even if they are, in fact, an orphan. 
19.) I am not allowed to give Erwin vodka. Ever. Ever. …..Ever.
20.) I am not allowed to rub Commander Pixis’ head for good luck. 

That’s all for today, I think. 

More later, 

December’s male character, the voice of Shiwasu Kakeru:
Interview with Kaji Yuki-san

Q. Three years have passed since the start of Tsukiuta, which song has been the most memorable one for you?

A. In the music of the Tsukiuta series, no matter which song it is, each of them has their own charm, and each time I receive a song demo I look forward to it – I even listen to them as I go about my everyday life. But of course, amongst them, the one that was especially memorable has to be the very first song [I sang], 聖夜も労働ingなう!” (Seiya mo Roudou-ing nau!), right? Or so I think. Up til now, I’ve felt honoured to be the first part out of this entire long-lasting series, and together with the fact that [each part] is completely filled with each months’ charms, it’s been very to understand [the series], and it’s easy to get into that mood – as the very first song that you come across, it’s not difficult to feel those things. (???) Christmas has a very sparkling feel to it, and the bright and cheerful Kakeru-kun matches that atmosphere quite well – it was a very fun song to finish, please definitely give it a listen. Other than that, for me personally, イノセンシア (Inocencia) as well [was memorable], that was a song people liked a lot. It was a duet song with [Kakeru’s] partner Koi-kun – the lively atmosphere that those two always have changed a little bit to give off a mature melody, and with the beautiful harmonies overlapping, when you listen to it you feel very calm.

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September’s male character, the voice of Nagatsuki Yoru:
Interview with Kondo Takashi-san

Q. Please share your impressions of the recording.

A. All of Tsukiuta’s music is quite difficult - even for a single song you need to think about the technique [behind it], and so the music this time around was also very difficult as well. To be honest, I only received the information about the music a little bit beforehand, but I’ve been looking forward to singing it the entire time since then. In this sense, I think that the finished [product] has matured quite well. The story is contained within these wonderful verses, and I tried to keep that very much in mind within the melody as I recorded the songs.  

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July’s male character, the voice of Fuduki Kai:
Interview with Hatano Wataru-san

Q. Please tell us your impressions of the recording. 

A. “Beast Master” is a song that breaks down the character’s image that has been had up until now. For Fuduki Kai, I think this is personally the first time that he’s challenged this type of genre. I tried to go all out, but it felt quite difficult singing it in such a wavering way. (???) Previously I had sung powerful songs, and although there are many ways to listen to the feelings of a ballad, this time it’s a song that that expresses the scope of an adult, and the song kind of has a Western-like atmosphere to it. Although it’s obvious that that you’d listen to it from the beginning to the end, the song [itself] is almost like a single drama being acted out. Within the middle of the song it turns into a single base, and with the story’s complete development and the changes in the expressions, singing it was extremely fun.

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