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SOME SCHOLARLY VIEWS ON THE ORIGIN OF THE SU WEN 7




Several authors have suggested rendering Di as “thearch.” This is a suitable
term to emphasize the godlike qualities attributed to Di in ancient Chinese
mythology.9 Originally a “deity invoked in the religious ceremonies of
earlier times,” he “had been a spirit of the storm invoked by shamans or
shamanesses in rainmaking rituals, and the return of the rain at the end of
the New Year season had been imagined in the form of a cosmic battle between
this lord of the storm and a lord of drought.”10
Surprisingly, in the context of the Huang Di nei jing in many instances a
very different image is evoked of “the sage who created human forms of warfare
and punishments” and who “in several histories and genealogies . . . was
credited with the creation of Chinese civilization and described as the primal
ancestor of the Chinese people.”11 Not quite resembling a creator of civilization,
in the Su wen Huang Di asks to be taught the most fundamental
knowledge by his underlings and is occasionally rebuked for not having done
enough reading.



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