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Pai Cow History

Pai Cow is a small, yellow cow-like cow that lives in the mountains of central China. Her name stems from the Chinese term,"Pai meaning low; chi meaning high". She's said to be the ancestor of the Mongolia Men's Uul, considered by some historians to be the first herd animal domesticated. The Pai Cow is considered sacred in the civilization of Szechwan province in China. A special festival celebrating the olden times of the Pai tribe is celebrated in the spring once the cow is honored with offerings, songs and dances.

1 story says that Pai dwelt with a herd of reindeer in the north of Mongolia. 1 day, the reindeer began to go missing and Pai began to look for them. She finally found one in a deep crevice. Website link Another reindeer came to see her and they ran off together. This was their last meeting.

Another version of the origin story claims that Pai cowherds were tending reindeer and they took care of them until one night they lost their way. They arrived at the edge of a lake where a hippo had washed up. Hearing the cries of the frightened hippo, Pai jumped into the water to save her cows but forgot her knife.

The hippo bit into the Cow's flesh and pulled it as she cowered nearby. The frightened hippo bit off its leg so it could no longer walk and the other reindeer tried to help the wounded hippo up but they too became fearful. Looking to save the cows, Pai paddled towards them fell prey to the hippo's strong bite. The other reindeer ran away while the Cow stumbled backwards.

No one knows for sure how Pai came to be. One account says that she was the daughter of the Emperor Kangxi and the mother of the Emperor Mingyao. Some historians feel that Pai was the daughter of Khaeko who married a Kung Lung and later came to be known as Kema. Still others state that Pai was the daughter of an honoured Buddha and the title is taken from the Brahma temple in which Buddha attained Nirvana.

Pai had two brothers, Siau and Rhea. Siau became the first wife of Kema while Rhea was married to Tsoo who was the son of Nanda. The family lived in the Southern area of Manchuria, where there were many lakes and rivers. There are lots of monuments in the area which give some idea concerning the lifestyle they practiced.

When I was researching my book The Gods of Amethyst, I found Pai's tomb in the temple near the Xingjian Pass. The tomb dates back to around 200 BC and contained the bones of Pai's two-year old son. It's believed that the child was either adopted or died of asphyxiation. No toys or articles were found in the grave. It is likely that this was the first Chinese Buddhist temple.

Legend has it that Pai had ten children but none survived to adulthood. She took her final child with her on a trip to the heavenly abode but before she left him, she spread a white silk blossom before her son begging him to eat it. This was the origin of the legend about the white silk blossom. I have discovered that Pai cow is linked to the moon goddess because the moon reflects feminine power in Chinese belief.

Pai Cow coins are extremely popular today. They are very pleasing to the eye given their distinctive round shape. Some have been made with an oblong shaped oblong coin in the center and then encircling it is smaller circular motifs of animals, plants or geometric figures. These coins are often easy to recognize given their distinctive appearance.

They are usually encrusted with gemstones given its association with the moon goddess. A popular variety is the"Three Treasures" given to the child on his birthday. The motifs encircling the cow would be the ears of a ram, a rainbow, a pot and a lampshade. The cow itself is adorned with small stars encircling its forehead.

Today the Pai Cow is still widely used by Chinese people especially during festive occasions like New Year's Day and Holidays. The intriguing history of th

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