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In the classic novel, Journey to the West, Xuánwǔ was a king of the north who had two generals serving under him, a "Tortoise General" and a "Snake General." This king had a temple at Wudang Mountains in Hubei, thus there is a "Tortoise Mountain" and a "Snake Mountain" on the opposite sides of a river in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei.

In Taoist legend it was said that Xuánwǔ was the prince of a Chinese Emperor. However, he was not interested in taking the throne, but decided to study in Tao's way. At age 15, he left his parents to search for enlightenment in Tao's way. It was said that he eventually achieved god status and was worshipped as a god of northern sky.

Other Chinese legends also speak of how the "Tortoise General" and a "Snake General" came to be. During Xuánwǔ's study to achieve enlightenment and god status he was told that in order to fully achieve god status, he must purge all humanly flesh from his body. Since he was born he had been eating the food of the world, humanly food, therefore his stomach and intestines were still human. Legend told of an event that a god came and changed out his human stomach and intestines for a godly body so he could fully achieve god status. (It was also said that the stomach and intestines that were tossed out became the "Tortoise Mountain" and "Snake Mountain".) The stomach and intestines taken out by the god who did the surgery on Xuánwǔ were said to have taken on the shape of a tortoise (stomach) and a snake (intestines). As many Chinese legends speak of certain animals becoming demons over time as they gain knowledge, that's what the tortoise and snake became, and terrorized people. As Xuánwǔ, now in his god status, heard of this, he came and slayed the demons from his past. However, he did not kill them, as the snake and tortoise demons showed remorse. He let them train under him and atone for their wrong doings, and they became the "Tortoise General" and "Snake General", and they assisted Xuánwǔ with his quests.

According to another source, once Xuánwǔ's had begun study of the way, he discovered that he must purge himself of all his past sins to become a god. He learned to achieve this by washing his stomach and bowels (intestines) in the river. In the washing of his internal organs, his sins melted from them and into the river in a dark, black form. These then formed into a black tortoise and snake who terrorized the people. Once Xuánwǔ learned of this, he returned to conquer the forms of this past sins and subdue them under himself and they became his servants.

The place Li Shimin set to kill his brothers Li Jiancheng and Li Yuanji is the gate named Xuanwumen.


I want to thank my lovely hun :iconblacksoliloquy: :love: for suggesting this work for a DailyDeviation and I want to thank :icondestin8x: for featuring it :dalove:

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Given 2009-08-05
First Movement by ~Tourash "is a beautiful, fantastical piece. The concept behind it alone is great, so well thought of and masterfully executed. Although it is so far from our reality, this piece looks just real enough to reach out and touch, defying our logic and our senses and pulling us into a whole new world with this scene." ( Suggested by BlackSoliloquy and Featured by Destin8x )
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yo this is decent......
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A brilliant idea and even better execution :clap: . Well done :P.
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Tourash Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks :D
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Amazing
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Svenningen Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Hobbyist
I like toitles.
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blackorchid22 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't know what to say! Perfect! Amazing! wao!!! :D :aww:
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muzski Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic. It is like a Terry Gilliam creation. It looks timeless.
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epic
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Beautifully done.
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Absolutely awesome!
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EPICCCCC
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my-color Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
oh !!!!
so so so so so so amazing !
will !

i will try to do some thing like what u did
and i hope u will like it :)

umm !
i am really not good in photomanipulation .. but i love u work :)

hope u don't maind if i did a picture inspired form yours :)
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Tourash Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D

Oh cool, be sure to show me what you've made ;) I'm really curious already! :D
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my-color Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
hahahah
don't be so courious .. I am really bad in manipulation
so no high expectations :D
heheheh!

just i want to give it a try .. i will tell you the menut i finsh it hehehe
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Tourash Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
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Just give it your best shot :eager:
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Tourash Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Hey!

Nicely done! :D
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medo1o0o09 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
very nice :D
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Tourash Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks :D
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psion005 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful concept :iconthumbsupplz:

Me--->:alien:
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Tourash Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks :D
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iancjw Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
awesome work
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Tourash Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much :D
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jennystokes Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Professional General Artist
WOW!
Formidable.
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Tourash Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you :D :D
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GE-7 Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Simple amazing :clap:
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Tourash Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks :D :D
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GE-7 Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are very welcome :rose:
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NoiZe-B Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Student Digital Artist
great! i looks very real :D
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Tourash Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks :D
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muffiii Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010
now this is more than PERFECT.:omg:

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Tourash Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
:blush: thank you!!! :love: :huggle:
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no problem , that is the truth:love:
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Tourash Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
:love: :huggle:
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art-of-tennis Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010
Wow, this is awesome! Did you actually paint this, or is it a photomanip?
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Tourash Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
It is a photomanip ;)
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ZiiZii-RocK Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome!!!
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Great work =)
I love the idea =D
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nemeziz Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
This is such a great picture! I should really write a crit on it:)

Anyways, I love that you have taken such a good time writing the description that good:) I love that in a picture! Great work again!
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Your work is featured in my journal: [link] :rose:
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Tourash Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you soo much for the feature :hug:
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Graag gedaan! :aww:
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This deviation has been featured in my journal. Please let me know if you would like it removed. Find it here--> [link] :-)
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Tourash Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you soo much for the feature hun :hug:
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no problem :-)
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first word came to mind - amazing
you're truly talented, this is great =)
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Thank you soo much :hug:
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