Disney Princesses of Color #closetcosplay Day 1/6 - Mulan, 8th official Disney Princess
Hua Mulan (Chinese: 花木蘭) is a legendary woman warrior from the Northern and Southern dynasties period (420–589) of Chinese history, originally described in the Ballad of Mulan. The oldest known Ballad of Mulan consists of 31 couplets. The legend of Mulan has been written with many variations, but the plot is always the same: Mulan was washing clothes when she heard that the army was recruiting new soldiers. To save her old and ailing father, #HuanHu, she decided to be recruited as his “son.” She knew that her father was too old and too ill to survive the war, so she decided to disguise herself as a man to go in his place. She fought for 10-12 yrs and gained high merit, but refused any reward and retired to her hometown instead. During the war, she met an officer, who is normally named #JinYong , with whom she fell in love. Legends say that after 10 years on the battlefield Mulan was promoted to general. When Jin learned that Mulan was a woman, he became more attached to her. In time, other soldiers also started to find out that Mulan was a woman. One day, before a very difficult battle, Mulan decided to go onto the battlefield in women’s clothing so her soldiers would realize her true identity. The reaction of the soldiers was one full of respect and admiration. They were overwhelmed by her bravery, grace, and wisdom. Thus, she inspired her army to win a battle once more. After another heroic triumph, the emperor wanted to reward Mulan. He was surprised that the bravest of his soldiers was a female. However, Mulan asked for nothing but a horse. Many variations of the story say that when Mulan returned home she found that her father passed away. In these accounts, she doesn't feel like a hero, but instead like she lost the love of her life. She is also depicted in these folk tales as haunted by her experiences on the battlefield. Feeling lonely and misunderstood, the legend says that she decided to commit suicide.
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