Alternative Names(異名):

Xeglun is the celestial elk in Chinese mythology. It was Mangi's pursuit of this creature that was said to have created the Milky Way.

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Five fingers peak

Five fingers peak

DescriptionEnglish: Five fingers peak. Quartzite sandstone Huangshizhai Zhangjiajie Wulingyuan Hunan, China. Panorama 2012.
Français : Panorama des Cinq Doigts, piliers de grès quartzite dans le Wulingyuan, site naturel et historique inscrit au patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO dans la province du Hunan, en Chine.
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Date26 October 2014
Camera location29° 20′ 21.56″ N, 110° 31′ 54.48″ E
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Yang Gui Fei (楊貴妃)

Yang Gui Fei

DescriptionYang Gui Fei;hanging scroll,color on silk 楊貴妃図 絹本着色
양귀비(楊貴妃, 719~756)
Date1821 江戸時代後期
AuthorTakaku Aigai(1796 - 1843) 高久靄厓
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White Tiger (白虎)

White Tiger (白虎)

Alternative Names (異名):
白虎, 백호(Korean), Baek-ho, Bái Hǔ(Standard Mandarin), White Tiger, Byakko(Japanese)

The White Tiger (Chinese: 白虎; pinyin: Bái Hǔ) is one of the Four Symbols of the Chinese constellations. It is sometimes called the White Tiger of the West (西方白虎, Xī Fāng Bái Hǔ), and it represents the west and the autumn season.

The Seven Mansions of the White Tiger

Like the other Four Symbols, the White Tiger corresponds to seven "mansions", or positions, of the moon.

Legs (Chinese: 奎; pinyin: Kuí)
Bond (Chinese: 婁; pinyin: Lóu)
Stomach (Chinese: 胃; pinyin: Wèi)
Hairy Head (Chinese: 昴; pinyin: Mǎo)
Net (Chinese: 畢; pinyin: Bì)
Turtle Beak (Chinese: 觜; pinyin: Zī)
Three Stars (Chinese: 參; pinyin: Shēn)


During the Han Dynasty, people believed the tiger to be the king of all beasts. Legend had it that when a tiger reached 500 years old, its tail would turn white. In this way, the white tiger became a kind of mythological creature. It was said that the white tiger would only appear when the emperor ruled with absolute virtue, or if there was peace throughout the world. Because the color white of the Chinese five elements also represents the west, the white tiger thus became a mythological guardian of the west.

In Book of Tang, the reincarnation of White Tiger 's Star is said to be Li Shimin's general Luo Cheng (羅 成) and the reincarnation of Azure Dragon 's Star is said to be the rebellious general Dan Xiongxin (單 雄信). They two are sworn brothers of Qin Shubao (秦 叔寶), Cheng Zhijie (程 知節) and Yuchi Jingde (尉遲 敬德). Their souls after death are said to possess the body of the new heroes of Tang Dynasty and Liao Dynasty, Xue Rengui (薛 仁貴) and He Suwen (郃 苏文).

In some legends of the Tang Dynasty's general Xue Rengui, he's said the reincarnation of the White Tiger's Star. And his archenemy, Liao Dynasty's prince He Suwen is the reincarnation of the Azure Dragon's Star.



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White Soft-shelled Turtle

White Soft-shelled Turtle

Alternative Names (異名):
White Soft-shelled Turtle

White Soft-shelled Turtle a character featured within the famed ancient Chinese novel Journey to the West. This ancient white turtle is an entity from Heaven that had performed ill deeds on accident and is now forced to roam around the eastern River of Heaven. After Sun Wukong and the others retrieve two children from the hands of a sinister demon, they are thanked greatly by the Chen family and continue on their way through the River of Heaven. This is at the point in which the ancient white turtle is seen for the first time. After the large turtle leads Sanzang and his disciples across the river, he pleads for Sanzang to ask the lord Tathagata Buddha when he is to be converted and how long he is to live. Unfortunately however after meeting with the Tathagata, Sanzang never remembered to ask about the turtle. After Sanzang and the others were returning to China atop this white turtle once again – at the point in which they were dropped half way to China to complete their 81st ordeal – the large white turtle asks Sanzang as like many years before about his future. The ashamed Sanzang does not say anything, leading for the white turtle to submerge himself in rage which would have normally drowned the Tang priest. After Sanzang and the others reached shore and dried off their ancient scriptures, this ancient white turtle would never truly be shown again in it's dismay.


Journey to the West Chapter 99 - Wu Chung-en


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Advice, Chinese Proverb

留得青山在,不怕没柴烧。[liúdéqīngshānzài, búpàméicháishāo]

- 中國俗談

You don't have to worry about firewood in forest.

- Chinese Proverb

Where there is life, there is hope.

Wen Zhong (闻仲, 聞仲)

Wen Zhong(闻仲, 聞仲)

Alternative Names (異名):
闻仲, 聞仲, Wen Zhong

Wen Zhong (Chinese: 闻仲; Pinyin: Wén Zhòng) is a major character featured within the famed ancient Chinese novel Fengshen Yanyi).

Wen Zhong had been the top ranked official under King Da Yi since the times of old. Following the death of Da Yi, Wen Zhong would crown Zi Shou as the new king of the Shang Dynasty. In short time, Wen Zhong would head out on his great dragon to subdue rebelling demons within the North Sea (an action that would take over fifteen years).

Throughout Wen Zhong's fifteen years of battle, he would be destined to play a very large role in the schemes of Heaven. By decree of the Jade Emperor himself, Wen Zhong would attain a third eye atop his forehead. This third eye could see through any level of disillusion and falsehood. Upon Wen Zhong's arrival at the Noon Gate, he would greet his colleagues and see the absurdness of the situation; immediately Wen Zhong would order the king to come before him. After listening to the king's bickering, and easily seeing through to his true deluded idiocy, Wen Zhong would invite his allies to attend to the situation.

Wen Zhong was appointed as the deity of Puhua Tianzun (普化天尊) in the end.[1]


[1] Fengshen Yanyi Chapter 99.


Investiture of the Gods chapter 27


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