Three Kingdoms strategist cast long shadow

City Talk | 19 Apr 2016

The Three Kingdoms (AD 220-280) was a tripartite division among the states of Wei, Shu, and Wu.

This period was one of the bloodiest in Chinese history and considered the second-deadliest behind World War II.

Hence, it is believed that this period created the most yin energies and an estimated several hundred thousand people were killed.

The Sichuan earthquake of May 12, 2008, and the Anya quake of April 20, 2013, were attributed to the yin energies waiting to burst out since the Three Kingdoms periods.

The most famous strategist or prime minister during this period was Zhuge Liang (181-234). He was a chancellor and military adviser of the state of Shu Han.

He was recognized as the greatest strategist of his era and has been compared with Sun Tzu.

He was also well versed in feng shui and inventor of the wheelbarrow and semi- automated crossbow.

Furthermore, he invented an array of stone piles that are said to produce supernatural phenomenon.

Born in the northern state of Shandong, Zhuge Liang was from a well-to-do family. However, he was orphaned at the age of 12 and was raised by his uncle, Zhuge Xuan.

He became the prime minister to emperor Liu Bei in 207 after the latter paid three personal visits. He said: "Now that I have Kongming (Zhuge Liang's other name), I am like a fish that has found water."

Zhuge Liang did a lot of good things for the people of Shu Han. He is revered because he did not take advantage of the incompetent son of Liu Bei to overthrow him. This loyalty was respected by many.

Several stories in Romance of the Three Kingdoms involve Zhuge Liang.

They are: Three visits to the Thatched Cottage; The Battle of Bowang; Zhuge Liang's Diplomatic Mission to Jiangdong; Borrowing Arrows with Straw Boats; Zhuge Liang Prays for the East Wind; Battle of Jiameng Pass; Battle of Xiaoting; Meng Huo Captured and Released Seven Times; and Empty Fort Strategy

Kerby Kuek has published 15 books on feng shui, inner alchemy, Taoism and metaphysics. He can be contacted at

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