SHEN-NONGAlso known as SHEN-NUNG, SHEN-NONG-SHI, YAN-DI, SHENG-NONG, SHENG-NUNG
God of Plants, Agriculture and Herbal Medicine.
But he's best known for his knowledge of herbs, drugs and medicine. He single-handedly tasted each and every plant in China to see what was yummy and what would kill you. Legend tells that during his research he was once poisoned no less than seventy-two times in a single day. Amazingly, he suffered no long-term ill effects. Perhaps the medicinal plants and poisonous plants canceled each other out.
Apart from that, he has a transparent stomach, which did come in very handy for seeing what all those plants were doing to his insides. He also has a head of oxen. Does that mean he had an ox's head or that he drove oxen? Or even that he drank Oxo? It is all very garbled.
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
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Location : China
Gender : Male
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Sshun Norng
Alternative names : SHEN-NUNG, SHEN-NONG-SHI, YAN-DI, SHENG-NONG, SHENG-NUNG
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