Yellow Emperor

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Yellow Emperor

The Yellow Emperor or Huang Di (黄帝) is a legendary Chinese sovereign and cultural hero who is said to be the ancestor of all Han Chinese.

One of the Five Emperors, the Yellow Emperor is said by tradition to have reigned from 2698 to 2598 B.C.

The legend of his retreat to west in the war against the eastern Emperor Chi You at the Battle of Zhuolu (涿鹿) is seen as the establishment of the Han Chinese nationality.

Among his other accomplishments, the Yellow Emperor has been credited with the invention of the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Nèijīng (内經, The Medical Canon of the Yellow Emperor), was supposedly composed in collaboration with his physician Qi Bo (岐伯). However, modern historiographers generally consider it to have been compiled from ancient sources by a scholar living between the Zhou and Han dynasties, more than 2000 years later.

In the legend, his wife Luo Zu (螺祖) taught the Chinese how to weave silk from silkworms, and his historian Cang Jie created the first Chinese characters.de:Hung D fr:Empereur Jaune ja:黄帝 no:Den gule keiser zh:黄帝

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