A Qing dynasty illustration of Chinese general Xiahou Dun swallowing his eyeball after it was shot by an arrow during battle.
A Qing dynasty illustration of Chinese general Xiahou Dun swallowing his eyeball after it was shot by an arrow during battle.
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

The Chinese general who pulled out and swallowed his arrow-pierced eye - well, maybe

  • Xiahou Dun might have been less than stellar as a military commander, but he was a good administrator with an exceptional aptitude for logistics management
  • A stray arrow put out his left eye during battle in AD193, after which he lived for 27 more years and was fondly remembered by the son and grandson of his lord

A Qing dynasty illustration of Chinese general Xiahou Dun swallowing his eyeball after it was shot by an arrow during battle.
A Qing dynasty illustration of Chinese general Xiahou Dun swallowing his eyeball after it was shot by an arrow during battle.
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