The DAOist Goddess of Immortality, and Queen Mother of Paradise West.
XIWANGMU started off at the bottom. She was a plague-carrying tiger spirit at the time of the Han Dynasty and caused much trouble.
But after offering the Emperor a bowl of magic peaches, her career really took off. Daoism came along and elevated her to Top Goddess. She married MU-GONG, otherwise known as Mr YANG, and became Mrs YIN, the personification of Femininity.
Taking up residence in paradise, she began to be associated with immortality, and has even been mistaken for the JADE-EMPEROR’s wife or daughter. (The legends vary, but she also seems to have been the Goddess who gave the Elixir of Life to YI and CHANG-E.)
XIWANGMU now grows magic peach trees in her Heavenly Peach Garden. The most common of these take a thousand years to blossom — but the Golden Peaches of Immortality only ripen once in nine thousand years.
Eating one of XIWANGMU’s peaches bestows immediate long life and a host of other benefits. The Gods like them so much that Peach Banquets are a regular occurrence in Heaven.
The last Peach Banquet was canceled after MONKEY ate all the peaches, but bookings are currently being taken for the next one in 5078 AD.
Xiwangmu Facts and Figures
Pronunciation: Shee Warng Moo
Alternative names: XI-WANGMU, XI-WANG-MU, HSI-WANG-MU, WANG-MU-NIANG-NIANG, WEIWOBO
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present
In charge of: Immortality
Area of expertise: Immortality
Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Article last updated on 22 April 2019 by the Godchecker data dwarves.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.