“X” in #AtoZChallenge
Xiang River is the chief river of the Lake Dongting drainage system of the middle Yangtze, the largest river in Hunan – the southeastern Province, China. It is the 2nd largest tributary running around 800KMs and the 5th largest tributary by drainage area of the Yangtze tributaries.
Xiang River is the symbol of Changsha City, which serves as the living resource and spiritual support for generations.
The Xiang River is an important waterway. It was the chief artery of communications for the province until the completion of the railway in the 1930s. Large vessels from the Yangtze can reach as far as Changsha via the Xiang. This waterway provided one of the chief routes between central China and Guangdong and Guangxi throughout historical times. In fact, it is still usable, but now largely taken over by the railway.
Changsha, the capital city of Central China’s Hunan province, is built along the Xiang River, which to the north divides the city into two parts. In olden days, the residents along the west bank of the river had to make a big journey to get to the city on the east side.
But now it takes only a few minutes to cross over the river as the east and the west of Xiang River are now connected through bridges.
The Xiangshuishen or Xiang River Goddesses are goddesses of the Xiang River in Chinese folk religion. The Xiang flowed into Dongting Lake through the ancient kingdom of the Chu, whose songs in their worship have been recorded in a work attributed to Qu Yuan. According to Shanhaijing, the Xiang River deities were daughters of the supreme deity, Di.
According to a somewhat later tradition, the Xiang goddesses were daughters of the emperor Yao, who was named Ehuangand Nüying who were said to have been married by him to his chosen successor, and eventually emperor, Shun, as a sort of test of his administrative abilities: then, later, they became goddesses, after the death of their husband.
Isn’t it interesting to see that all over the world, the river is always associated with some god/goddess? Some may argue its myth, some may even say its just story. But I believe the whole reason to associate the rivers or water bodies to
But are we doing it? Think, our ancestors are not stupid, and we are no way smart!
My theme for the April 2019 #AtoZChallenge is blogging about the rivers, mostly from India. Let me see if I can make it through all alphabets. You can find all my #AtoZChallenge posts here. Interested to know my next destination starting with letter Y? Try commenting your guess, let’s see.
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