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(107) . An immortal Emperor - 不朽皇帝

Postby chungyn » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:09 am

(107) . An immortal Emperor - 不朽皇帝
Bu4 Xiu3 Huang2 Di4

During the Warring States Period (戰國時代 453BC to 221BC) of the Zhou Dynasty
(周朝 1134BC to 256BC), in 246BC, Ying Zheng (嬴政) became the 37th ruler
of the State of Qin (秦國 present day Feng Xiang county 鳳翔縣 in Shaanxi
province 陜西省). Ying Zheng was a very intelligent, clever, highly educated,
capable and ruthless man. He had a vision that one day he would conquer
all the other States in the land and unite this vast land into one big empire.
He accomplished his vision in 221BC after he had all the other States subjugated
and united the land into one big empire which he called it the Qin Dynasty
(秦朝 221BC to 207BC).

Ying Zheng titled himself the Qin Shi Huang Di (秦始皇帝 The First Emperor
of Qin and also the First Emperor in China). He divided his Empire into
36 Prefectures (郡). He unified weights and measures. He standardized the
coinage. He even unified the axle length of the wagons. He also uniformed
the way of writing the Chinese characters. He constructed a long, long wall
and built many roads, canals and big palaces.

Ying Zheng knew that a man could not live forever. He had to die sooner
or later. He was not satisfied as a mortal Emperor. He wanted to live forever
and become an immortal. He became very superstitious and employed many sorcerers
who lived with him in the palace. Their jobs were to report to him the activities
of any fairy or immortal whom he believed traveled about around his empire.

There was a sorcerer called Xu Fu (徐福) who was the most prominent sorcerer
of them all in the Qin Court. The First Emperor spent a lot of money on
him because his reports were more reliable than those sorcerers came to
answer his call.

The First Emperor was an asthmatic and was growing old. He panicked because
he knew he did not have much time to live. He was in a hurry to become an
immortal too. He ordered Xu Fu to search for the elixir in the country.
Xu Fu knew that if he could not find the elixir he could be executed.

One day, Xu Fu told The First Emperor that there were three mountains called
Feng Lai (蓬萊), Fang Zhang (方丈) and Ying Zhou (瀛洲) in an island in
the East Sea where all the immortals lived. If anyone could find that mountain
he could have no problem to get the elixir from the immortals. On hearing
the good news, the First Emperor, was very excited and happy. Immediately
he ordered Xu Fu to go and find the three mountains at all costs. However,
Xu Fu told him that he needed 3,000 girls and boys as sacrifices to offer
to the immortals. Without hesitation the First Emperor agreed. He ordered
big boats to be built for Xu Fu's voyage.

The specially built big boats were ready. In 219BC. Xu Fu with 3,000 girls
and boys set sailed towards the East Sea in search of the three mountains.
Actually Xu Fu had already planned not to return to the Qin Empire. Xu Fu
also knew that he would be executed if he were to come back without the
elixir.

After sailing for many days they finally arrived at the island in the East
Sea. It is believed that the island which Xu Fu and the children went ashore
was what we now call Japan. Xu Fu did not find the three mountains. Xu Fu
and the children settled down for good and they did not return to the Qin
Empire.

Nowadays, there are many temples and shrines built to commemorate Xu Fu
on the East Coast of Japanese islands.

Does it mean that the Japanese first Heavenly Emperor (天皇) was Xu Fu?

Source:
Chapter six from the book titled Shi Ji (史記 第六卷)
by Sima Qian (司馬遷 145BC to 86BC)

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050. 長生不老 (Zhang3 Sheng Bu4 Lao3)
Wanting to become an immortal Emperor

During the Warring States Period (戰國時代 453BC to 221BC) of the Zhou Dynasty
(周朝 1134BC to 256BC), in 246BC, Ying Zheng (嬴政) became the 37th ruler
of the State of Qin (秦國 present day Feng Xiang county 鳳翔縣 in Shaanxi
province 陜西省). Ying Zheng was a very intelligent, clever, highly educated,
capable and ruthless man. He had a vision that one day he would conquer
all the other States in the land and unite this vast land into one big empire.
He accomplished his vision in 221BC after he had all the other States subjugated
and united the land into one big empire which he called it the Qin Dynasty
(秦朝 221BC to 207BC).

Ying Zheng titled himself the Qin Shi Huang Di (秦始皇帝 The First Emperor
of Qin and also the First Emperor in China). He divided his Empire into
36 Prefectures (郡). He unified weights and measures. He standardized the
coinage. He even unified the axle lenght of the wagons. He also uniformed
the way of writing the Chinese characters. He constructed a long, long wall
and built many roads, canals and big palaces.

Ying Zheng knew that a man could not live forever. He had to die sooner
or later. He was not satisfied as a mortal Emperor. He wanted to live forever
and become an immortal. He became very superstitious and employed many sorcerers
who lived with him in the palace. Their jobs were to report to him the activities
of any fairy or immortal whom he believed traveled about around his empire.

There was a sorcerer called Xu Fu (徐福) who was the most prominent sorcerer
of them all in the Qin Court. The First Emperor spent a lot of money on
him because his reports were more reliable than those sorcerers came to
answer his call.

The First Emperor was an asthmatic and was growing old. He panicked because
he knew he did not have much time to live. He was in a hurry to become an
immortal too. He ordered Xu Fu to search for the elixir in the country.
Xu Fu knew that if he could not find the elixir he could be executed.

One day, Xu Fu told The First Emperor that there were three mountains called
Feng Lai (蓬萊), Fang Zhang (方丈) and Ying Zhou (瀛洲) in an island in
the East Sea where all the immortals lived. If anyone could find that mountain
he could have no problem to get the elixir from the immortals. On hearing
the good news, the First Emperor, was very excited and happy. Immediately
he ordered Xu Fu to go and find the three mountains at all costs. However,
Xu Fu told him that he needed 3,000 girls and boys as sacrifices to offer
to the immortals. Without hesitation the First Emperor agreed. He ordered
big boats to be built for Xu Fu's voyage.

The specially built big boats were ready. In 219BC. Xu Fu with 3,000 girls
and boys set sailed towards the East Sea in search of the three mountains.
Actually Xu Fu had already planned not to return to the Qin Empire. Xu Fu
also knew that he would be executed if he were to come back without the
elixir.

After sailing for many days they finally arrived at the island in the East
Sea. It is believed that the island which Xu Fu and the children went ashore
was what we now call Japan. Xu Fu did not find the three mountains. Xu Fu
and the children settled down for good and they did not return to the Qin
Empire.

Nowadays, there are many temples and shrines built to commemorate Xu Fu
on the East Coast of Japanese islands.

Does it mean that the Japanese first Heavenly Emperor (天皇) was Xu Fu?

Source:
Chapter six from the book titled Shi Ji (史記 第六卷)
by Sima Qian (司馬遷 145BC to 86BC)
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