Yellow Emperor

Legendary Chinese ruler, one of the Five Emperors, later worshipped as a god

Huang-di, (黃帝/黄帝 huángdì) or the Yellow Emperor, is a legendary Chinese sovereign and cultural hero who is thought to be the ancestor of all Han Chinese. One of the legendary Five Emperors, it was written in the Shiji by historian Sima Qian (145 BC-90 BC) that Huangdi reigned from 2497 BC to 2398 BC. His personal name was said to be Gongsun Xuanyuan (公孙轩辕). He became the chief deity of Taoism during the Han Dynasty (202 BC-220 AD).

Yellow Emperor
Member of Wufang Shangdi
Diagram of the Wufang Shangdi
Other names
Major cult centreMount Song
PredecessorChidi (Wuxing cycle, also political with the Flame Emperor)
SuccessorBaidi (Wuxing cycle, also political with Shaohao)
Personal information

Sources change

  • The Terracotta Warriors- <Cotterell, Maurice. The Terracotta Warriors. Rochester, Vermont: Bear and Company, 2004.>

References change

  1. 1.0 1.1 Sima Qian, Records of the Grand Historian (Shiji 史記, c. 100 BC), Chapter 1, "Wudi benji" 五帝本紀 ("Annals of the Five Emperors"); on Chinese Text Project (retrieved on 2016-10-08).

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