Zheng - A beast from the mythologies of China & Japan. The Zheng was a leopard that had 1 long single horn protruding from its forehead and had 5 tails. The Zheng made the sound of striking stones. It lived in the mountains.
Xihe or Hsi-ho [羲和] was a sun goddess in Chinese mythology. One of the two wives of Emperor Jun (along with Changxi), she was the “mother” of ten suns, in the form of three-legged birds. They resided in a mulberry tree in the eastern Fusang sea. Each day Xihe bathed one of her children in the river; one would fly up into the sky and be the Sun for each day. #myth
Nüwa was a serpent deity from ancient Chinese mythology. Sometimes she is pictured as a gorgeous woman, other times she is shown possessing a woman’s head but the body of a powerful snake. Nüwa was the creator of humankind and remained a powerful benefactor to people and all living creatures (many of which were also her handiwork).
Mazu [媽祖], also spelt Matsu and Ma-tsu, is the Chinese goddess of the sea who is said to protect fishermen and sailors. Over 1,000 years ago, a young girl by the name of Mazu (original name was Lin Mo) was born at the Xianliang Port of Meizhou Bay in Putian, East China’s Fujian Province. Clever, brave and kindhearted, Mazu could forecast the weather and offered medical services to fellow islanders. As legend goes, Mazu ascended to heaven and became immortal at Meizhou Bay.
Meng Po is the Lady of Forgetfulness in Chinese mythology. Meng Po serves in Diyu, the Chinese realm of the dead, in the 10th court. It is her task to ensure that souls who are ready to be reincarnated do not remember their previous life or their time in hell. To this end she collects herbs from various earthly ponds and streams to make her Five Flavored Tea of Forgetfulness This is given to each soul to drink before they leave Diyu.
Pan Jinlian [潘金蓮] is a protagonist in the Chinese classic novel Jin Ping Mei (The Plum in the Golden Vase), and a minor character in the Water Margin, another classic. A well-known figure in Chinese culture, she represents the quintessential adulterous wife, and has become the patron goddess of brothels and prostitutes. #myth
The Zheng was a Chinese mythological leopard that had a long horn protruding from its forehead. It was red and had five tails. The Zheng made the sound of striking stones. It lived in the mountains with many other fabulous creatures. (origin of this artwork unknown.)