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Lingjiao (灵教) is the collective term Miao religion & mythology. A follower of Lingjiao is called a Lingjiaozhe (灵教者).
The Miao culture of Marlakcor has a polytheistic collection of faiths and beliefs that are worshiped in different ways with different meanings. Some aspects of Miao mythology are also adopted and worshiped by the other ethnic groups of Marlakcor and the Genjin of Fuso.
|Name||Representation, Description, Historicity & Other notes|
|The ruler of Tian the supreme god of Miao mythology.|
|Also known as the Yellow Dragon (黃龍/Huang Long), The representation of earth (土) and the Center of the Divine Beasts.|
|Also known as the Monkey King.
He is also known as Son Goku by the Genjin of Fuso.
A sea monster resembling a serpent or dragon.
|God of brotherhoods, martial power, and war.
A former lunaculus of Marlakcor, and a deified hero of the Four Kingdoms period.
|Personification of Marlakcor/Tianxia.|
|God of medicine|
|Goddess of the sea|
Married to Shungye Xingti, the Goddess of the moons.
|Goddess of the moons.
The Miao believe her to be the mother of the moons.
|God of the sun. Husband of Xiao Huiying.|
|God of thunder & lightning.
Sometimes equated with Takemikazuchi, the Genjin kami (god) of thunder and lighting.
|Goddess of the sun. Wife of Tiankong Shanyao.|
|God of love and sex|
|God of examinations|
|Miao woman who became a Goddess after raising five infant dragons.|
|God of wealth and merit|
|God of culture and literature|
|God of death|
|God of prosperity.|
|God of fire|
Divine Beasts of Tianxia
One of two groups of high deities called the Divine Beasts, the Divine Beasts of Tianxia (Tianxia is a local name for Marlakcor) are a quartet of animal deities worshiped in Marlakcor, and to a similar extent by the Genjin of Fuso. Believed to be higher deities than the gods, and other deities, they are the guardians and divine governors of the continent of Marlakcor, and are also known as wardens of their spiritual direction and lords of a season. Each also represents one of the five elements in Miao culture; the exception is earth, which is instead represented by the Yellow Dragon, another great deity of Miao mythology. Along with the Miao, these deities are worshiped by the Genjin and Seomin, but under different names.
|Beast Deity||Title||Element||Other names:|
|Lord of Spring & Warden of the East|
|Lord of Summer & Warden of the South|
|Lord of Autumn & Warden of the West|
|Lord of Winter & Warden of the North|
Each divine beast is individually dedicated in an separate temple in the Four Holy Cities around Marlakcor. There is also a main temple dedicated to all four located in the city of Shenling in Tianchao. There are also similar temples on the island of Seinaru-shima (within the vicinity of Tenrai Fufu-no-Sodai Jiin) in Yamatai and in Hinomoto.
The Baxian (八仙/Eight Immortals) are, according to traditional Miao belief, are a group of heroes who banished a great evil to the depths of the underworld. Each immortal also represents an aspect of nature (represented by a bagua trigram) and are represented with a special artifact and other things. Each also had one or two companion dragons.
Given that they are called immortals, many Miao philosophers debate whether they passed form the world or still exist while in hiding.
The founders of several dynasties of Tianchao and other great historical Miao figures claim decent from one or more of the Baxian.
|Baxian||Representation & Symbolism||Dragons|
|Nature Symbol||Trigram Symbol||Element||Personality||Sacred Artifact||Virtue – Sin|
|Merrymaker||Hand fan||Abnegation – Envy||Panlong & Feilong|
蟠龍 & 飛龍
|Sovereign||Sword||Chastity – Lust||Zhulong|
|General||Castanet||Humble – Vanity||Shenlong|
|Wise||Lotus||Dedication – Lazy||Qinglong|
|Pilgrim||Calabash||Temperance – Geedy||Jiaolong & Dilong|
蛟龍 & 地龍
|Warrior Hero||Drum||Patience – Wrath||Fuzanglong|
|Feeler||Flower||Charity – Materialist||Chilong|
|Historicity & Other Notes||He Xiangu is the only woman of the Baxian.|
Miao ZodiacThe Miao Zodiac is the worship of twelve animals in a sequence. This faith is an element of Miao culture and is observed where it is dominant, including Huaxia (Tianchao & Dongbalian) and related countries.
This branch of Miao religion is governed from the main temple known as the Grand Temple of the Zodiac, but each animal has a separate main temple from which all smaller temples to the same animal are governed. Many Temples for each animal exist all across Marlakcor, and a few have sprung up in Long Qundao in Maritymir. This part of Miao faith is worshiped to a minor extent in Goryeo, and the Genjin of Fuso and Yamatai's possessions in Marlakcor, also follow the Zodiac to some degree.
Followers believe that the members of the Zodiac take turns overseeing the cosmos in the name of the Yu Huangdi each year in a 12-year cycle, and thus each year is named for that particular animal: the months of the Miao calendar are named for each animal as well.
|Quick-witted, resourceful, versatile, kind|
|Diligent, dependable, strong, determined|
|Brave, confident, competitive|
|Quiet, elegant, kind, responsible|
|Confident, intelligent, enthusiastic|
|Enigmatic, intelligent, wise|
|Animated, active, energetic|
|Calm, gentle, sympathetic|
|Sharp, smart, curiosity|
|Observant, hardworking, courageous|
|Lovely, honest, prudent|
|Compassionate, generous, diligent|
The Miao also recognize a number of demons.
|Ruler of the Diyu and demons in general. Overseer of the ten kings of hell|
|Kings of Hell|
Jingshen Xiaoxi & Minzhong Qingfu
Jingshen Xiaoxi (精神小溪) & Minzhong Qingren (民众情夫) are a pair of dragon deities who are the Miao venerations of Tallulah Michael and Xyliana Lucifer, figures of Septifidelity, respectively. They are viewed as the personification the concept of yin and yang, that everyone has of good and evil within them.
They are described as a pair of twin sister dragons born from the same egg. Jingshen Xiaoxi is described as a blue-scaled dragon with feathered wings, while Minzhong Qingfu is described as a red-scaled dragon with normal dragon wings.
They are especially popular in Dongbalian, who use their symbol as their coat of arms.
Many people and families claim descent from Xiangrikui Gongchen. This is partially because popular legend says that Xiangrikui Gongchen had at least a hundred children via numerous wives and lovers.
The founders of six different dynasties of Tianchao, one preimperial dynasty and five imperial dynasties, several imperial consorts, and several other great historical Miao figures, all claimed descent from him. Many of these lineages have branched out into various walks of life over the millennia while others have gone extinct. Whether or not these people were really distant progeny of Xiangrikui Gongchen is anyone's guess, but he remains a revered figure in Miao history, mythology and folklore, and his alleged descendants in turn.
|Personal Name||Courtesy Name||Posthumous Name||Temple Name|
|Patriarch of the Chajing clan during the Predynastic Era. The Gao Dynasty is the only preimperial dynasty whose founder claims decent from Xiangrikui Gongchen.|
|United the nation as the first huangdi of "Tianchao," amidst a prolonged period of civil war, the Warring States Period, in the years preceding the end of the Predynastic Era.|
|Consorts of various huangdi who made their mark on history.|
|Dynasty||Personal Name||Courtesy name||Posthumous name||Huangdi|
|Personal Name||Courtesy name||Posthumous name|
|Huanghou San was the fourth and final wife of Huangdi Yan, the third ruler of the Yue dynasty.
She is infamously known for instigating a feud between the sons of Huangdi Yan, both before and after his death, in a vain attempt to take the throne for herself. Her scheme failed when she was executed following a palace coup instigated by, Qingse Ding (青色丁): styled Nande (難得), Huangdi Yan's fourth son, who became the fourth ruler of the Yue dynasty, posthumously known as Huangdi Juexin (決心).
For her schemes, she was buried without honor, and her grave site remains unknown.
|Huanghou Mingyuan was born a slave girl who, when she was just thirteen, was recruited to the imperial harem as a concubine of Huangdi Rao, the seventh ruler of the Zhai dynasty.
She quickly incurred Huangdi Rao's favor and eventually became the legal wife of the huangdi following the ousting of her tyrannical predecessor, Huanghou Meiyong (玫永皇后): personal name Yi Nini (逸倪妮): styled Ziyang (字樣), two years after she entered the harem.
She is even more famously known for aiding Huangdi Rao in instigating reforms that aided many impoverished people in regaining their foothold in life in the wake of a recent famine, as well as fostering trade relations with the surrounding nations of the time, which kept the Zhai dynasty's golden age going strong.
Wei Diao (為掉): styled Miyao (密鑰), her second son by Huangdi Rao, favored by his father, succeeded Huangdi Rao to the throne upon the death of the latter, and was posthumously known as Huangdi Qingsong (斎輕鬆帝).
|Huanghou Jinguo was the second wife of Huangdi Xingshu, the fifth ruler of the Mei dynasty.|
|Huanghou Tianshui was the third cousin and sole wife of Huangdi Fengli, the sixth ruler of the Mei dynasty.|
|Huanghou Jiaoshi was the childhood friend and lifelong companion of Huangdi Cheng, the founder of the Geng dynasty.|
|Huanghou Zhenbao was the first cousin and sole wife of Huangdi Shiwu, the founder of the Cui dynasty.|
|Other Prominent Claimants|
|Personal Name||Courtesy Name||Historicity & Other notes|
|A powerful Miao sorceress who lived in the early Mo dynasty during the Predynastic Era. She founded Wushu Xueyuan (巫術學院), one of the oldest the most prestigious academies of magic in Tianchao.|
|The last queen of Bao, a kingdom of the Warring States Period. She was also an alleged descendant of Lan Caihe, one of the Eight Immortals.
She tried to bring the era of war and chaos to an end by peaceful means, only to be assassinated by her own subordinates on her way to an inter-kingdom summit, whom then gave her kingdom up to the newly-proclaimed Qiang dynasty.
|Genius strategist that served Wei San and Yong Zhai Kingdom during the Four Kingdoms period.|
|Trusted subordinate and sworn brother of Tai Ji (泰急): styled Haojin (耗尽): formally titled Wangzi Rongbei of Yi (以荣北王子), one of the leading participants of the War of the Twelve Princes during the Kai dynasty.|
|Warlord of the Twenty Kingdoms Period.|
|Jia, later Sen|
嘉, later 森
|General of the Jia dynasty, whom helped Huangdi Bo overthrow the tyrannical Huangdi Guaiwu and the Qiu dynasty.
She later sided with the breakaway Sen dynasty during the War of the Seven Emperors.
|A subordinate of Huangdi Qishi (琳騎士帝)/Nait Khan (ᠨᠠᠢ ᠳᠤ ᠬᠠᠭᠠᠨ), the founder of the Lin dynasty.|
|Yamatai||Akimoto no Kuma|
|n/a||Founder and first daimyo of the Akimoto clan (a cadet branch the Miao Qiuyuan clan), a clan of Miao-Genjin origin in the Morokoshi provinces of the Yamato.
Born under the name Qiuyuan Xiong (秋元熊), when the Empire of Yamatai invaded western Marlakcor during the Ang dynasty, Akimoto no Kuma collaborated with the invading Yamato, providing weapons, funds, and soldiers. For his service, he and his descendants were granted a large estate to rule.
|A peasant woman born in former Daludao, whom was captured during the Roman invasion and made a slave. She later escaped to Dongbalian and became a general who turned the tide of war against the Romans.|
|A politician of the early Geng dynasty. The only known descendant with a trusted record of lineage to Xiangrikui Gongchen, and the only known one to share his name. His family and ancestors, whom also share the Xiangrikui name, remained in obscurity until he offered his serviced to the Geng dynasty. His family has maintained an estate in a valley nestled in a mountain range in northeastern Zhongyuan for millennia, since at least the fifth generation after Xiangrikui Gongchen's time.|
Notes & Trivia
- While Lingjiao is based off traditional Chinese faiths, most of the names of the listed deities in the pantheon and elsewhere did not came from Chinese folklore.
- The only ones that did are the Jade Emperor, the Yellow Emperor, and the Monkey King.