Six Avoidances (Chinese Music)
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In Chinese traditional culture, regarding playing Gu-qin, the player should avoid six kinds of occasions:
- Avoid the time of learning of someone's death;
- Avoid the time of crying sorrowfully;
- Avoid the time of being busy with something else;
- Avoid the time of being angry;
- Avoid the time of sex;
- Avoid the time of astonishment.
- The Six Avoidances in playing Gu-qin is recorded in "Jing Shi Tong Yan", which is a Chinese ancient collection of novels written by Feng Meng-long (Feng Menglong) of Ming Dynasty.
- The Six Avoidances in playing Gu-qin is also addressed in a Chinese classical literature masterpiece "Feng Shen Bang" (Gods of Honor).