Seven Should-not-plays (Chinese Music)
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Chinese traditional culture identifies seven types of circumstances in which one should not play the Gu-qin:
- When there is a high wind or heavy rain;
- When in a mood of great sorrow;
- When one's dress is untidy;
- When drunk and crazy;
- When one has not burned incense;
- When one does not understand music or is in rude surroundings;
- When one has not bathed or the place is dirty.
- The Seven Should-not-plays in playing Gu-qin are recorded in "Jing Shi Tong Yan", an ancient Chinese collection of novels written by Feng Meng-long (Feng Menglong) of the Ming Dynasty. The topic is also addressed in a Chinese classical literature masterpiece "Feng Shen Bang" (Gods of Honor).