Xihe (deity)

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Statue of the goddess Xihe charioteering the sun, being pulled by a dragon, in Hangzhou
Xihe hitches her dragon-horse to the sun chariot (lower part) as depicted in a rubbing from the Wu Liang shrines reliefs, mid-2nd century

Xihe (Chinese: 羲和), formerly romanized as Hsi-ho, was a sun goddess in Chinese mythology. One of the two wives of Emperor Jun (along with Changxi), she was the 'mother' of ten suns, in the form of three-legged birds, residing in a mulberry tree in the eastern sea named Fusang. Each day one of the sun birds would be rostered to travel around the world on a carriage driven by Xihe.

Folklore also held that (around 2170 BC) all ten sun birds came out on the same day, causing the world to burn; Houyi the archer saved the day by shooting down all but one of the sun birds.

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