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Huo De Zhen Jun temple(the Fire God Daoism Temple) in Beijing and Daoist Xuanwu(玄武)

28 Aug 2014

Legends/传说, ShiChaHai/什刹海, Wudang/武当山   7,032 views

The Huode Zhenjun Temple (simplified Chinese:火德真君庙, traditional Chinese:火德真君廟, Pinyin: Huo3 De2 Zhen1 Jun1 Miao4), also known as the Fire God Temple, located near the Houmen Bridge(aka, Wanning brideg万宁桥), is a prominent Chinese Daoist temple of Beijing. just opened last year. Free of ticket for now, but it is one important one in the Daoism history.

The temple first built during the Ming Dynasty and then rebuilt in 1759 during the Qing Dynasty, the temple is known for one of its gate, which boasts its yellow colored glaze tiles that were granted by the Emperor.


the map of Shichahai(什刹海) area. or known as the Houhai lake. the Huode Zhenjun temple just close to the Shichahai east bank.

you can see a special statue in the back hall of the Huode Zhenjun temple. the Xuanwu, shown as below. The Black Tortoise or Black Turtle is one of the Four Symbols of the Chinese constellations. Despite its English name, it is usually depicted as a turtle entwined together with a snake. Further, in East Asia, it is not called after either animal but is instead known as the “Black Warrior” under various local pronunciations. It is known as Xuan Wu in Chinese(玄武), Hyeonmu in Korean, Genbu in Japanese and Huyền Vũ in Vietnamese. It represents the north and the winter season.

The creature’s name is identical to that of the important Taoist god Xuan Wu, who is sometimes (as in Journey to the West) portrayed in the company of a turtle and snake.

but why Xuanwu is important in the Huode Zhenjun Temple and even in the whole Chinese Daoism history? In ancient china, the tortoise and the serpent were thought to be spiritual creatures symbolizing longevity. The Fujianese custom of building turtle-shaped tombs may have had to do with the desire to place the grave under the influence of the Black Tortoise.[1][2] During the Han dynasty, people often wore jade pendants that were in the shape of turtles. Because of ancient Chinese influence on Japan, honorific titles and badges in Japan also often referred to the turtle or tortoise.

The northern gates of Chinese palaces were often named after the Xuanwu. you can see different looking of the Xuanwu statue as below.


the Xuanwu statue. one important diety in the Daoism history. you can see the Xuanwu in the back hall of the Huode Zhenjun Temple.
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the Wudang Mountain roof, it just looks like a Xuanwu in real. the building is just the juncture of the snake and the tortoise.

did you visit the Huode Zhenjun Temple in Beijing? and did see the Xuanwu statue in the temple? will you go to visit the Wudang Mt? you will see the same Xuanwu too. when will you know the Chinese Daoism, you will know more about the Xuanwu. please share your idea of it.

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2 Responses to “Huo De Zhen Jun temple(the Fire God Daoism Temple) in Beijing and Daoist Xuanwu(玄武)”

  1. Adrian Bye says:

    What a great post winser!

    I will go to wudang, and this is great to know about Beijing!

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