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.
- Clan sister: I used cousin and sister in the scene where we are first introduced to Ran Yun Sheng (paternal cousin of Ran Yan) as in chinese culture the term for cousin is simply sister with a prefix that is dependent on whether it’s the paternal or maternal side. What I meant by clan sister is simply that they are from the same clan (so share a surname) and can mean sister or cousin.
- Story of the foreign female dancer: The foreign spiral dance was a very popular dance during the Tang dynasty and was a dance that originated from the countries to the west of China. Countries such as the Kangju kingdom, Tashkent kingdom (now part of Uzbekistan) had all sent female dancers skilled in this dance to China as a gift. Another famous person skilled in this dance was Imperial noble consort Yang the beloved consort of Emperor Xuanzong of Tang. The story of the foreign female dancer was actually a poem by the famous Tang poet Li Bai (although he comes a few centuries after the time this drama is set)
- Different types of writing: There are actually many different types of writing in chinese history which have been lost as time passes. There were seven main types which slowly progressed to become the modern day kind of chinese characters you see today however people have different writing habits and after printing and seals were invented there was even more variety as there are freedom limits to printing blocks compared to the brush.
Also if you don’t know I have a youtube channel where I translate the songs of the drama projects I’ve done or contributed to so if you want to check the playlist out here it is (I just have one more song to translate and will update it once the song appears in the episode):