The Gods and Goddesses of Ancient China by Leonard Everett FisherOverview of seventeen deities of Chinese traditional religion, from the Jade Emperor to Sun Wukong to Menshen. Contains a short bibliography, which is always a treat.
That said, the Lands of Ancient China map on both the front and back inner covers is atrocious and anachronous. Hainan is squished! Luzons somehow shifted east! Tibet is presented as part of China, but the labeling makes it look like its Nepal. Xinjiang, despite not being conquered until the Qing Dynasty in the 18th century, is presented as part of China and doesnt even get its own label. Theres both a North and South Korea, incongruously, and Okinawa is its own country, but then why isnt Russia labeled? My inner cartophile died a little.
Top 10 Most Well-known Chinese Gods and Goddesses
He is as well a central figure for the Taoist teaching The way which famously recognized with Yin and Yang. According to Chinese mythology, Pan Gu is pictured as a man-sized a dwarf, adorned with horns and tusks, and said to have a hairy body. It is told that he came out from the egg contained Yin and Yang as the big bang happened and cracked the egg. Then, he held it using his hands and feet to keep the Yin and Yang in place. Every day, he lifted the sky a little higher from the earth, which eventually turned him into a giant as the earth was separated far away from the sky. He shaped the valleys and mountains, gradually adding details to his creation in balance according to the Yin and Yang principle which bestowed upon him. It was thousand years for the earth to be perfect before he died.
China is an ancient country full of mysteries in which many Chinese deities and immortals can be found. Below is a list of the 10 most famous gods and goddesses in Chinese mythology with their images. She is considered to always help the distressed and hungry and gives comfort and aid wherever it is needed. Among all the Buddhist bodhisattvas, Guanyin is the most well-known one in China and liked by both young and old people. Jade Emperor or Yuhuang Dadi in mandarin Chinese is considered the highest deity ruling the universe in Chinese world.