Kuan Kung: God of War
Kuan Kung's original name was Guan Yu, but after his accomplishments and deitification, his name was changed to Kuan Kung. The second name of "Kung" is a title given only to those of the highest honor, and Kuan Kung is a prime example deserving of this title. His actions of nobility, bravery, loyalty and tactical genius has made him the much revered God of War.
Kuan Kung was born in the county of Xie (a subdistrict of present day Shanxi, China). The year of his birth is not found in historical records, but according to a 1680 stele in a temple worshipping Kuan Kung in his hometown, as well as a biography of Kuan Kung written in 1756, Kuan Kung's birth year is estimated to be 160.
Kuan Kung fled his hometown at the age of twenty-three after slaying a corrupt magistrate named Lu Xiong. Five years later, he arrived in Zhuo Commandery (present day Hebei), where Liu Bei was recruiting a force to heed the government's call to resist the Yellow Turban Rebellion. Together with Zhang Fei, Kuan Kung joined Liu Bei and fought against the rebel forces in northern China. For his efforts Liu Bei was appointed governor of Pingyuan County. Kuan Kung and Zhang Fei were also made commanders and given their own divisions of troops. According to the Chronicles of the Three Kingdoms, the three men slept on the same bed and treated one another like brothers. Kuan Kung and Zhang Fei also followed Liu Bei wherever he went, and protected him from danger however perilous the situation.
In 199 Liu Bei assassinated the governor of Xuzhou appointed by the rising warlord Cao Cao and placed Kuan Kung in control of the regional capital Xiapi, while he returned to Xiaopei. Cao Cao soon retaliated, personally leading a campaign east to reclaim Xuzhou. Liu Bei fled to seek refuge under Yuan Shao, a powerful warlord further north, but Xiapi was captured and Kuan Kung surrendered to Cao Cao. Cao Cao treated Kuan Kung with respect and even made him a deputy general.
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Kuan Kung: God of War
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