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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Queen Mother of the West, Xi Wangmu at Genting Highlands

 A statue of the Queen Mother of the West (西王母 - Xi Wangmu)

Xi Wangmu is the Chinese, Taoist goddess of immortality and she personifies the feminine element of Yin. Many who play the Dynasty Warriors game would have heard about her.

According to legend:
She lives in the 9 storeys Palace of Jade which lies in the mythical Kun-lun mountains, near the Lake of Jewels. It is surrounded by a wall of over a thousand miles long made of pure gold. The male immortals reside in the right wing and the female immortals reside in the left wing of this palace. In her garden she cultivates the peach of immortality. This peach tree forms only one peach every three thousand years, which then takes another three thousand years to ripen. When it is ripe, Hsi Wang-mu invites the immortals to a feast to celebrate their birthday and to partake ot the miraculous peach which bestows another lease of immortality.
She is portrayed as a beautiful Queen wearing a royal gown, sometimes riding a peacock. He favorite animal is Feng-huang (Phoenix), the symbol of immortality.

Source: Encyclopaedia Mythica, link here.

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  1. Wow, what a story! Wouldn't mind a bite of this peach!

  2. A lovely photo and lovely story. Thank you for telling this. I don't think I'd want to eat of the peach of mortality, but I would like the Phoenix. Happy weekend.☺


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