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Beiji Temple

Tainan’s Beiji Temple, a national-level historic site, honors a god called Xuanwu. Initially, belief in Xuanwu originated from a group who worshipped the constellations. However, Xuanwu became a much more important god, as many considered him to be one of the four mythological creatures, the god of water, the protector of children, etc. During the early Ming dynasty, the Yongle Emperor attributed at least part of his success in the Jingnan Rebellion against his nephew, the Jianwen Emperor, to Xuanwu. As a result, Xuanwu became the guardian of the kingdom. Later, as a way of pledging loyalty to the Ming government, the rulers in the Kingdom of Tungning period also respectfully honored Xuanwu.

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