Kun Lun Mythology
The Kun Lun Mountains are the range of mountains that form China's western boarder. They stretch for more than 1,250 miles and forms China's boarder with countries such as Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan & Pakistan. The mountains themselves are steeped in mythology with countless legends taking place among their peeks.
The mountains hold great importance within Daoist mythology where it is included in the ‘10 continents and 3 islands’ of Daoist cosmology. The Daoists regard the mountains as a paradise on earth and the dwelling place of immortals and the Gods.
The Jade Emperor (Yu Hang) is the ruler of all the gods in heaven. Legend holds his home is within the mountains and it is where he meditated before defeating all evil on earth in the ancient tales.
The Royal Mother of the West (Xi Huang Mu) is believed to live in the mountains. This goddess is often pictured in Chinese mythology with the phoenix, the symbol of virtue and grace and is often used to depict the union of yin and yang. The goddess also planted the Sacred Peach Tree on the slopes of the mountains. This tree is said to bloom every 3,000 years, baring fruit which offer immortality to those who eat its flesh.
Another famous God who is believed to have built a palace of jade in the mountains, is The Yellow Emperor (Huang Di). His palace reaches nine stories into the sky, allowing access to heaven and extends nine stories into the earth. This forms the connection between the watery subterranean underworld and the realm of the Gods.
Huang Di is also considered to be the father of Chinese Medicine and through him was the knowledge of medicine past to man. He is held in such high regard that the major text book in TCM is named after him, ‘Huang Di Nei Jing’ or the ‘The Yellow Emperors Classic of Internal Medicine’. This book drew together all the TCM theories of the time and has been the core text by which TCM is understood since 207A.D.