The very messed up origins of Mulan

Spoiler alert: It ends in suicide.

By now you have most likely heard that Disney released their 2020 live-action remake of Mulan. The movie made roughly $35 million opening weekend and was well-received until the negative reviews began pouring in. One quick search on Youtube and you can find a plethora of videos dedicated to making sure you never watch the live-action version of the timeless classic. However, this got me thinking. What was the original story of Mulan?