Tag Archives: Chinese Mythology

Shen Nong – Mythical Emperor

Shen Nong - Also called "the Divine Farmer" and "the Divine Husbandman," Shen Nong was a mythical emperor of China's prehistoric period (2838–2698 BCE) and was said to be the second ruler, after Fuxi. (Some early sources vary his position.)

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Hun Dun – Evil Being in Chinese Myth

Hun Dun is a being in Chinese myth, generally negative, if not evil, presented in several different ways. In some sources, it is a mythical bird shaped like a yellow sack. In another, it is a red bird with six feet and four wings but no face (it lacks any bodily opening). Somehow it can dance and sing despite the ...

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Ying long – Mythical Warrior

Ying long is a term used by mythologists to describe a mythological warrior said to live in the wilderness of the Northwest. He appears in Chinese mythology as a warrior fighting Chiyou, a god of war and the creation of metal weapons. In one version, Ying Long and his daughter, Drought Fury, fight at the command of Huang Di, the ...

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Animism in Chinese Mythology

Animism is the idea that inanimate objects, such as rocks and trees, and forces of nature, such as hail and fire, have a spirit.

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The Earth in Chinese Mythology

The ancient Chinese saw the Earth as square, with the four sides bounded by mountains. According to early Chinese myth, the mythic emperor Yü; ordered that the Earth be measured. The accounts give different measures about how far it might be. One from the second century BCE declares the distance between the east and west pole as 233,500 Li (about ...

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Chien-mu – Ladder Tree

Chien-mu is the ladder tree that connects Heaven and Earth in Chinese myth. It is said to be in Tu-kuang, or beyond the South Sea. The tree is often described as being at the center of the universe.

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Drought Fury

Drought Fury is the daughter of Ying Long, the Responding Dragon, who helped Huang Di, the Yellow Emperor, in his battle against Chiyou. She was able to stop or control the rain. She is also called Nü Ba, "Daughter of Heaven."

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Yao – King of the Golden Age

Yao is one of the three kings of the Golden Age whom legend says reigned during the prehistoric period of China. Yao comes before Shun and Yu. He was considered an ancestor by the Han Dynasty.

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Rain Master

The Rain Master is in later Chinese myth, the son of Gong Gong. His power is so great that a drop of water from his cup will bring a week's downpour.

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