The Ballad of the Hidden Dragon was a Chinese legend that told the tale of Liu Zhiyuan. Although some of the text is missing it is known that in the story, Liu Zhiyuan had many tests and challenges that he had to complete all over the world before he was able to return to China. When he finally did so in AD 947, he became the emperor. He was also reunited with his long-lost love.
The Ballad of the Hidden Dragon was written and performed in a style called zhukong, which translates to “various modes.” In this style, sections alternated between simple prose and rhyming verse. This ballad was believed to have first been performed in the 11th century, being passed on by word of mouth until it was finally written down in the 12th century.
|Artwork from the ballad's era (Source: Wikimedia Commons)|