Death by a thousand cuts, or lingchi, was one of the worst ways to be executed in ancient China. Photo: Wikipedia
Death by a thousand cuts, or lingchi, was one of the worst ways to be executed in ancient China. Photo: Wikipedia
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

The Chinese history book that got 70 people executed, 14 very slowly via ‘death by a thousand cuts’

  • In perhaps the most famous example of ‘literary inquisition’ in Chinese history, more than 1,000 people were punished for the publication of a Qing-era book
  • Members of the author’s family, the editors, bookshop proprietors and buyers were all executed. The deceased author’s remains were exhumed and desecrated

Death by a thousand cuts, or lingchi, was one of the worst ways to be executed in ancient China. Photo: Wikipedia
Death by a thousand cuts, or lingchi, was one of the worst ways to be executed in ancient China. Photo: Wikipedia
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