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Mount Tai -- Holy Land of Politic and Worship in Chinese Culture

Besides its beautiful view, the Mount Tai was the most politically important natural landscape in the history of China.

 

The first Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang held a famous sacrifice ceremony named Feng Chan there to show the world that he was a great monarch chosen by the heaven and earth, and carved his achievements on a memorial stone. 

 

After that, to hold a big worship ceremony and build memorial stone there became one of the most honorable activities for emperors in Chinese culture.

 

However, not all emperors were qualified to do this; only those with great achievements and exceptional contribution were welcomed.

 

Throughout the history of China, only five other emperors had held the Feng Chan there; others only came by and prayed for good luck.  

 

The reason for Mount Tai's sacred status in Chinese culture originates from its mysterious legend in ancient Chinese mythology.

 

The Mount Tai in an ancient myth is the incarnation of the head of Pan Gu, the one who created the world. The mountain was also considered the closest place to the heaven in thousands of years ago.

 

In ancient Chinese culture, it was believed that after people departed, their souls would come to the Mount Tai.

 

At the foot of Mount Tai, there was a path to the world of the ghosts. On its top, however, was the sacred spot where immortal beings might show up, while the rest belongs to the human being’s world. 

 

Therefore, this divine mountain was believed the place that could connect the heaven, the hell, the immortal celestial, and the ghosts. 

 

Moreover, according to some ancient myths and religious legends, many Chinese deities were living there. 

 

The God of Mount Tai was in charge of people’s life and death. Another deity living there was quite famous, who many people believe could help couples get babies. 

 

Today, many people still go to Mount Tai, and pray to the deity for rewarding them a child that they have been longing for.  

 

Because of Mount Tai's political and cultural importance in Chinese culture, many poets, artists, and politicians had been there and left many fun stories and exceptional masterpieces.