Is there a cat demon in the strange beast of Shanhaijing? Who is the prototype of cat in the classic of mountains and seas?

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Is there a cat demon in the monsters of Shanhaijing? This is a problem that many readers are concerned about. Next, I’ll learn about it with you and give you a reference.

In the book of mountains and seas, although many ancient gods and beasts with different shapes are recorded, there are few creatures with one eye.

According to records, the creatures with one eye in the book of mountains and seas include a bird, a cat and a country. The bird here refers to the barbarism of “one wing, one eye, and flying with each other”; A country is a target country, while a cat refers to a dog.

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In the western mountain Sutra of the book of mountains and seas, it is recorded that such an alien animal looks like a wild cat:

The water in the West runs for hundreds of miles. As for the mountain with wings, it has no vegetation and is rich in gold and jade. There are beasts. They look like beavers. They have one eye and three tails. They are called badgers. Their voice is like a hundred voices. They can resist evil and take them away.

The meaning of this passage is that on Yiwang mountain, there is a kind of beast, which looks like a general wild cat, but has one eye and three tails. Its name is Chen. Its sound seems to surpass that of a hundred kinds of animals.

Like most mountains in the book of mountains and seas, Yiwang mountain, which was haunted by this ancient beast, is not covered with vegetation, but is rich in gold and jade. It has a very special function: raising it can ward off evil spirits, and people can cure jaundice by eating its meat.

Why can such a one eyed wild cat have the ability to ward off evil spirits? If we think according to the setting of the book of mountains and seas itself, this statement is not unreasonable. The reason lies in the growth environment of Chen.

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The book of mountains and seas has clearly stated that Chen haunts Yiwang mountain, which is “free of vegetation and rich in gold and jade”, and our folk has always spread a saying that “gold and jade ward off evil spirits”. If gold and jade can ward off evil spirits, then the Chen living in the mountain full of gold and jade will naturally have the attribute of warding off evil spirits.

According to the traditional saying, the reason why gold and jade can ward off evil is that they contain cinnabar, and the main component of cinnabar is mercury sulfide, which has special sedative, hypnotic and anticonvulsant effects.

Among the prescriptions of traditional Chinese medicine, cinnabar is the first choice for the treatment of the so-called “evil” disease, which is also the reason why people use cinnabar to “ward off evil”. Since most gold and jade contain cinnabar, it is reasonable to have the effect of exorcising evil spirits.

In other words, he eats gold and jade. After taking a large amount of gold and jade, his body contains cinnabar, so it has the effect of exorcising evil spirits. Finally, the evidence that Chen feeds on gold and jade is that people can cure jaundice by eating its meat, which also shows that the mineral cinnabar does exist in this Chen in the book of mountains and seas. Disclaimer: the above content originates from the network, and the copyright belongs to the original author. Please inform us if your original copyright is infringed, and we will delete the relevant content as soon as possible.

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