JI KANG (223–262), sometimes referred to as XI KANG, courtesy name SHUYE, was a Chinese writer, poet, Taoist philosopher, musician and alchemist of the Three Kingdoms period. He was one of the Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove who engaged in separating themselves from the dangerous political situation of third century China in favour of devoting themselves to a life of art and leisure. Ji Kang is noted as an author and famous for having been a composer and zither-player.
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As a thinker, Ji Kang wrote on longevity, music theory, politics and ethics. Among his works were Yangsheng Lun (Essay on Nourishing Life), Shengwu Aile Lun (on the Absence of Sentiments in Music), Qin Fu (A Composition on the Qin ), and Shisi Lun (Discourse on Individuality). As a musician, Ji Kang composed a number of solo pieces for the qin .
Ji Kang was highly critical of
Confucianism and challenged many
social conventions of his time. As such, he was considered scandalous
and seditious. He married Cao Cao's granddaughter (or
great-granddaughter according to some).
Ji Kang assumed a post under
Cao Wei state, but was not particularly interested in government
work. When the regent
Sima Zhao came to power, he intended to grant Ji
Kang a position as a civil official. However,
Ji Kang was
uncooperative and behaved insolently towards