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Mountains (Five Sacred)

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Author(s): Bumbache, Stephan Peter
Traditionally, the five sacred mountains of China are: • the Songgao, or Peak of the Center, in Henan; • the Taishan, or Peak of the East, in Shandong; • the Hengshan, or Peak of the South, in Hunan; • the Huashan, or Peak of the West, in Shenxi; • the Hengshan, or Peak of the North, in Shenxi (not to be confused with the Hengshan in Hunan; see map in → China/Japan/Korea). While the Songgao represented the Emperor, and thus the center of the Empire, the other four mountains lie on the periphery of Old China, and ‘border’ the four directions of the sky. Located on th…