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He Bo

by Micha F. Lindemans
In Chinese mythology, He Bo is a powerful river god, also called Bing-yi. He sacrificed himself by attaching rocks to his body and then plunging into a river, thus gaining immortality. This act led to the ritual of sacrificing a young girl by throwing her into the river as a bride of He Bo (this lasted until the end of the Zhou dynasty in 256 BCE). The moon goddess Heng O is his sister.

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  • Also known as:
    He Po
    Bing-yi

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