Earlier precedents[ edit ] Even though the term "wuxia" as the name of a genre is a recent coinage, stories about xia date back more than 2, years. Wuxia stories have their roots in some early youxia tales from — BCE. They usually rendered their loyalties and services to feudal lords and nobles in return for rewards such as riches and women. In Volume of the Shi Ji, Sima Qian detailed several embryonic features of xia culture from his period. These popular phenomena were also documented in other historical records such as the Book of Han and the Book of the Later Han. During the Song dynasty , similar stories circulated in the huaben , short works that were once thought to have served as prompt-books for shuochang traditional Chinese storytelling.
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