10 Shocking Data that you probably did not know about the Shaolin monastery that inspired "Kung Fu Panda"
In the world of martial arts, the monastery of Shaolin has become a true world icon. It appears in both the Kung Fu Panda films, spreading Buddhist philosophy in the West, and those of Bruce Lee. It is true that Shaolin is becoming something integrated into the global culture but almost nobody knows much about it .
10 Very fascinating facts about the Shaolin monastery
1- It is not the only order of the warrior monks
Although most people think otherwise, Shaolin was neither the first nor the only monastery in the world. that fighter monks came out. Centuries earlier there were already Chinese Buddhist monasteries that stored weapons and practiced martial arts.
The monastery was built to be a peaceful center of learning. The world has many religious orders with a tradition of martial arts such as the Sohei or the Sadhus.
2- I help found an imperial dynasty
When the Emperor of China died, Wang Shichong took his place and built a tower and a military camp in the Shaolin area. So that the monks did not rebel against him, he sent an army to Shaolin but the monks swore allegiance to his rival Li Yuan who would later establish the Tang dynasty. The role of Shaolin in winning the war ensured that the dynasty held them in high esteem.