mjj (flemmings) wrote,

Random cultural question

Err, so- when you become sworn brothers in ancient China, Peach Tree Garden variety, are the older and younger brother tropes present in the relationship? Or is it closer to what us westerners call an equal relationship?

Cause I'm wondering- if a character calls someone 'my friend and brother' does he also reference older or younger; and would he call someone his friend and brother in the first place? Close western male friendship references brotherhood so instinctively that I hadn't realized it was a western instinct. ('Bare is back without brother' doesn't necessarily mean the speaker is an only child.) What about Chinese friendship?
Tags: chinese, dragons, fic
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