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Of the women who had seen him, more than ten petitioned their parents, saying, 'I would rather be his concubine than another man's wife.'
Firstly here is a thoroughly Confucian idea that a well governed state is based on a well governed patriarchal family. Women flock to Nag because he is an ideal husband and therefore will make a great ruler.
When Emperor Yao became old, he became distressed over the fact that his 9 sons were all useless, only knew how to spend their days enjoying themselves with wine and song. Yao asked his administers, the Four Mountains, to propose a suitable successor. Yao then heard of Shun's tales. Wise Yao did not want to simply believe in the tales about Shun, so he decided to test Shun. Yao gave a district to Shun to govern and married his two daughters to him, with a small dowry of a new house and some money. Though given an office and money, Shun still lived humbly. He continued to work in the fields every day. Shun even managed to convince his two brides, the two princesses, Yao's daughters, named Ehuang (Fairy Radiance) and Nüying (Maiden Bloom), who were used to good living, to live humbly and work along the people.
Secondly, him being attractive to the brides hints at his integral virility as a magic De potential. Note further in the story mention of the newlywed husbands who are banned from the palace service, because their virility is not whole. Significantly, Nad is a hunchback, which is a fertility archetype.
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Thirdly, his deformity is an archetypal sign of being a chosen one s, e.g.
Among the Chagga in East Africa, the physically handicapped were perceived as pacifiers of the evil spirits. Hence, care was taken not to harm the physically handicapped. Among the citizens of Benin (formerly Dahomey in West Africa), constables were selected from those with obvious physical handicaps.
In some communities in Benin, children born with anomalies were seen as protected by supernatural forces. As such they were accepted in the community because they were believed to bring good luck (Wright 1960).
the Ga from Accra region in Ghana, treated the feeble-minded with awe.They believed the retarded were the reincarnation of a deity. Hence, they were always treated with great kindness, gentleness and patience (Field 1937).
All in all, ZZ's yearning for these magic personas, mutilated on the outside but whole on the inside is the yearning to return back into the golden age, when people were one with the gods. The external mutilation or disability of these ultimate men is just a symbol of the societal corruption in the later times, a visible stigma of the humanity torn from its golden roots.