Warriors are larger than life and sometimes, just sometimes story telling get embellished. The heroine is Triệu Thị Trinh. By and large, Vietnamese are not tall people, but
Triệu was said to be 9 feet long with 3ft long breasts! In terms of history, the Chinese Han Dynasty had ruled Vietnam for hundreds of years, but no people wish to be ruled by another nation and Triệu emerged as a warrior hero – some have termed her the Vietnamese Joan of Arc.
From Humble Beginnings
Trieu was born in a small village in Vietnam. She was orphaned at an early age and lived with her brother. Trieu had warrior blood running through her veins. She was obviously an impressive leader because she was able to establish an army base and trained thousand to fight against the Chinese.
The Warrior with a Feminist Mind
For whatever reason, Trieu’s brother tried to discourage his warrior sister. Trieu wasn’t going to take any brotherly bullying and it is reported that she said in anger, I will not resign myself to the lot of women who bow their heads and become concubines. I wish to ride the tempest, tame the waves, kill the sharks. I have no desire to take abuse.” Trieu proved herself and before she turned 21, she had already fought in 30 battles.
Don’t Mess with Trieu!
Standing at 9 ft tall and having 3 feet long breasts, Trieu was a giant. Her voice was deep like temple bell The descriptions do not end here. Trieu rade into battle on an elephant. She wore golden armour and carried a sword in each hand. Her gaze was fierce. All in all, it was said that the Chinese warriors considered fighting a tiger to be easier than meeting Trieu in battle. Now, I’m fixing my gaydar and it’s reading into the red…in fact, it has gone off the chart – this is a lesbian warrior. (My humble opinion and I’m seldom wrong, LOL). There is no mention of the love of a man in her life.
The Sad Heroine
Just looking at the population of China and Vietnam, it was inevitable that China would win over even the giant Trieu.
It was said that her defeat so damaged her psyche that she committed suicide by drowing in a river. For the Vietnamese people, Trieu remained in their hearts and minds and on many occasions inspired Vietnamese to continue their fight against the Chinese. It is said that she appeared in the dreams of Vietnamese revolutionaries offering advice.
Triệu Thị Trinh is a greatly celebrated heroine and many streets are named after her in Vietnamese cities. There is also a Vietnamese national holiday named after her.