Xi Wangmu, “Queen Mother of the West” is first mentioned in oracle bone inscriptions thirty-three centuries ago in the Shang Dynasty (1766-1122 B.C.)
“Crack-making on day IX,9 day; we divined. if we make offering to the eastern mother and the western mother, there will be approval.”
Later, in the “Inner Chapters” of the early Taoist text Zhuang Zi, circa 300 BCE, she is cast as a woman who attained the Tao:
"Xi Wang Mu attained it and took her seat on Shao Guang mountain. No one knows her beginning and no one knows her end.”
Taoists recognized the ancient great goddess as a divine teacher and initiator of mystic seekers, and in many cases as the ultimate origin of their teachings and practices. She governs the Taoist arts of self-transformation known as internal alchemy, including meditation, breath and movement practices, medicines and elixirs.
Xi Wangmu who resembles a human but has tigers’ teeth, a leopard’s tail and wears a sheng (symbol of a loom) headdress atop her wild hair. Although attempts were made to demote, tame or even marry off the shamanistic goddess through the passing dynasties, she ultimately embodies yin, highest goddess, and ruler of female Transcendents, The Queen Mother was seen to have a special relationship with all women, caring for all women Daoists in the universe, both perfected and aspirants.
"In heaven, beneath heaven, in the three worlds, and in the ten directions, all women who ascend to transcendence and attain the way are her dependents."
The Queen Mother was held in especially high regard by Chinese women who did not represent the societal norm of the submissive woman. To these women, The Queen Mother of the West was seen as “a powerful, independent deity representing the ultimate yin controlling immortality and the afterlife.” (Cahill, 1986).
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Cameron, Black Egg, n.d., Paint on cardboard, 11 x 8 inches.
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Rising Chinese Opera star Wang Peiyu (王珮瑜) performing on CCTV
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Spinning Francine, 2013
Pearl C. Hsiung, Hissing Corals, 2014, ink and enamel on paper, 24 x 30 in.
Exquisite Corpse by Amy Adler, Pearl C. Hsiung, Amy Russell
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