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Legends & Mythology

A wealth of information pertaining to Chinese myths and legends.

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A brief introduction to Chinese mythology with one of the creation myths.

Double Seventh Festival star
Valentine's Day is just a couple of days away. Here's a love story of two Chinese lovers.

Four Beauties of China star
Studying women in Chinese history, one must start with the Four Beauties. These are legendary females celebrated in Chinese history for how they used their looks to help a greater cause. Most of the time, the downfall of some evil tyrant. Thus, their stories are not just of their beauty but of th

Legend of Mulan star
Disney made her famous with a feature movie. But who is this brave Chinese warrior woman?

Rui Shi - The Imperial Guardian Lions star
Also know as Fu Dogs, these mythical creatures were placed in front of China’s most cherished structures to protect from enemies. Now, they can protect you too.

The Chinese Sky and Four Important Symbols star
The story of the Chinese sky and its four important guardians.

The Dragon Year star
The history of Chinese Dragon Year

The Gods of Entryways and Protectors of Homes star
The Gods of Entryways or "Men Shen" are protectors of dwellings and its inhabitants. They serve as celestial bouncers that keep evil spirits and harmful influences out of the building's parameter.

The Monkey King star
The Monkey King is one of the most widely known Chinese legends. While the story is truly about the journey one monk has, the comedy and trickery of the Monkey King is what captures the heart of this story.

The Story of Chinese New Years star
There are many legends behind Chinese New Years, here is one of them that is near and dear to my heart.

The Yellow Emperor star
Many myths and legends exist around China´s First Emperor, Huangdi, who was said to have lived over 4000 years ago. Among other things, this Emperor was attributed to creating Chinese medicine, silk, and many other things that have signified China for centuries to come.

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