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Chinese Mythology - Xuan Ming 玄冥

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Xuan Ming 玄冥 was in Chinese mythology an assisting spirit (shen 神) or official (si 司) of the mythical Emperor Zhuan Xu 顓頊. Both controlled the region of the north. The words xuan and ming both mean "dark" or "obscure". Another name of Xuan Ming mentioned in the book Shanhaijing 山海經 is Yu Qiang 禺彊. A fragment of the the book Fengsu tongyi 風俗通義 says that he was the controller of rain (yu shi 雨師).

Source: Yuan Ke 袁珂 (ed. 1985). Zhongguo shenhua chuanshuo cidian 中國神話傳說詞典 (Shanghai: Shanghai cishu chubanshe), p. 139.

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