Chinese Gods: Qin Liangyu

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Chinese Gods: Qin Liangyu

Qin Liangyu (1574–1648), courtesy name Zhensu, was a Chinese female general best known for defending the Ming dynasty from attacks by the Manchu-led Later Jin dynasty in the 17th century.


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Chinese Gods: Queen Mother of the West

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Chinese Gods: Queen Mother of the West

The Queen Mother of the West, known by various local names, is a goddess in Chinese religion and mythology, also worshipped in neighbouring Asian countries, and attested from ancient times. The first historical information on her can be traced back to oracle bone inscriptions of the fifteenth century BC that record sacrifices to a “Western Mother”. Even though these inscriptions illustrate that she predates organized Taoism, she is most often associated with Taoism. From her name alone some of her most important characteristics are revealed: she is royal, female, and is associated with the west. The growing popularity of the Queen Mother of the West, as well as the beliefs that she was the dispenser of prosperity, longevity, and eternal bliss took place during the second century BC when the northern and western parts of China were able to be better known because of the opening of the Silk Road.

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The Queen Mother of the West, known by various local names, is a goddess in Chinese religion and mythology, also worshipped in neighbouring Asian countries, and attested from ancient times. The first historical information on her can be traced back to oracle bone inscriptions of the fifteenth century BC that record sacrifices to a “Western Mother”. Even though these inscriptions illustrate that she predates organized Taoism, she is most often associated with Taoism. From her name alone some of her most important characteristics are revealed: she is royal, female, and is associated with the west. The growing popularity of the Queen Mother of the West, as well as the beliefs that she was the dispenser of prosperity, longevity, and eternal bliss took place during the second century BC when the northern and western parts of China were able to be better known because of the opening of the Silk Road.


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Chinese Gods: Shui Wei Sheng Niang

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Chinese Gods: Shui Wei Sheng Niang

Shui Wei Sheng Niang (Chinese: 水尾圣娘; pinyin: Shuǐ wěi shèng niáng; Thai: Chaomae Thongkham, Chaomae Thapthim) is a Hainan goddess that is worshiped by the Hainanese around the world, especially they who lives on the waterfront area. She is often worshipped with Mazu and 108 Xiongdi Gong. Her cult was spread along with Hainanese diaspora in the end of Qing dynasty. Her birthday is celebrated on 15th day of the 10th month of the lunar calendar.


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Chinese Gods: Wusheng Laomu

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Chinese Gods: Wusheng Laomu

Wusheng Laomu (無生老母 “Eternal Venerable Mother”), also called Wujimu (無極母 “Infinite Mother”), is a goddess in Chinese religion, an epithet of Xiwangmu (“Queen Mother of the West”), the ancient mother goddess of China associated to the mythical Kunlun, the axis mundi. She is also frequently called upon as Yaochi Jinmi (瑶池金母 “Golden Mother of the Nacre Lake”).

With this title, Xiwangmu is the central figure of many Chinese salvationist religions (the “Maternist” ones), representing the absolute principle of reality, or the creative origin of all things. One of her symbols is the Big Dipper. As early as the Han dynasty, 3 year BCE, there were millenarian movements worshipping Xiwangmu.


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