May 11, 2023Liked by Donald J. Robertson

Since Xenophon was mentioned in the conversation, another link to martial arts and Stoicism is through the Trials of Hercules in chapter 2 of the Memorabilia. The Buddhist bodhisattva Vajrapani was modelled originally on Hercules. You can see some examples from Afghanistan of Vajrapani wearing a lion skin and carrying a club. https://ir.sinica.edu.tw/handle/201000000A/902 Now Vajrapani is a temple guardian of the Shaolin Temple in China. Therefore, Hercules is the protector of the martial art of Kung Fu!

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