Folk Legend: The Origin of Manchuria


PureInsight | September 16, 2007

[] Long time
ago, there was a pond, named Mountain Lake, in the Changbai Mountain in
the Northeast of China. The pond water was extremely clear and there
were peaks surrounding it. Its scenery was very elegant.  One day,
three heavenly maidens came to take baths in the pond. The oldest
sister was called Engulun, the second Zhenggulun, and the youngest
Fogulun. After they finished bathing and were putting on their
clothing, a magpie carried a red fruit in his mouth and put it on the
top of Fogulun's clothing. Fogulun was so fond of the red fruit that
she kept playing with it in her hands. She accidentally swallowed it
and became pregnant.

Soon afterwards, Fogulun gave birth a baby boy. The baby was able to
talk right after the birth. Sometime later, when the boy grew up,
Fogulun said to her son: "You came to this world on orders from heaven.
Heaven gave you life to help suppress the chaos of war." She told her
son how he was conceived. She then gave her son a small boat to let him
ride with the current. Fogulun then rose into the sky and returned to

He followed his mother's instruction and went to a place where people
lived. Upon landing on a bank, he sat on a tree branch. At that time,
three tribal leaders were always fighting to gain leadership. While
Fogulun's son sat on the branch, a person coming for water saw him and
told the tribe's people that he had seen a strange person by the
riverbank. People stopped fighting and came to the riverbank to
investigate. They were surprised to see this out-of-the-ordinary person
and asked where he came from. He told them: "I am te son of Fogulun. My
surname is Aisin Gioro and my name is Bukuliyongshun. Heaven gave birth
to me in order to put down your fighting." He told them what his mother
had told him. People were very glad and made him their king.

From then on, the chaos of war subsided and people lived and worked in
peace. This country is known as Manchuria and Bukuliyongshun was the

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