Synopsis: Set in the Tang Dynasty, Ran Yu is a noblewoman who becomes interested in forensic science after her Mother’s mysterious suicide and begins to solve murder cases. She meets a judicial official and an assassin by chance and finds true love through the course of searching for the truth.
- South pointing chariot: This was an ancient two wheeled vehicle that carried a mobile pointer which would be able to indicate south no matter how the chariot was turned. It was believed it was achieved through the movement of differential gears which were linked to the wheels. For those of you who are good/interested at physics, this is an good paper to read up on for the mechanisms of the chariot: http://www.odts.de/southptr/tsai/Tsai_eng.pdf
- Deity of Taishan: Otherwise known as the Great Emperor Dongyue. This is the spirit that’s supposed to rule over Mt Tai (which was thought to be a sacred mountain in the east of the country) and the ancient people considered it as a way to Heaven.
- Birthing outfit: This was an outfit made for newborns to wear out of the fabric of old clothes from friends and family as a form of well wishing so that the child will be less likely to fall ill and will be more likely grow to become an adult.
- 3 movements of the sun: This phrase was from the I Ching. Some interpret it as the coming of spring and bringing prosperity and a way to bring good luck
- Tomb of a Han: Han in this case means someone from the Han dynasty rather than ethnically a Han