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Pai Cow is a small, yellow cow-like cow that lives in the mountains of central China. Her name comes from the Chinese term,"Pai meaning low; chi meaning high". She is 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 deemed sacred in the civilization of Szechwan province in China. A special festival celebrating the olden days of the Pai tribe is celebrated in the spring when the cow is honored with offerings, songs and dances.
1 story states that Pai dwelt with a herd of reindeer in the north of Mongolia. One day, the reindeer started to go missing and Pai began to search for them. She eventually found one in a deep crevice. Another reindeer came to see her and they ran off together. This was their last meeting.
Another version of the origin story says that Pai cowherds were tending reindeer and they took care of them until one night they lost their way.
Learn more 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 its leg off so it could no longer walk and the other reindeer tried to help the wounded hippo up but they also became frightened. Looking to save the cows, Pai paddled towards them but fell prey to the hippo’s powerful bite. Another reindeer ran away while the Cow stumbled backwards.
No one knows for certain how Pai came to be. One account states that she was the daughter of the Emperor Kangxi and the mother of the Emperor Mingyao. Some historians believe that Pai was the daughter of Khaeko who married a Kung Lung and afterwards came to be known as Kema. Still others state that Pai was the daughter of an honoured Buddha and the name is taken from the Brahma temple where 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 lots of lakes and rivers. There are a number of monuments in the area which give some idea as to the lifestyle they practiced.
When I was researching my book The Gods of Amethyst, I Discovered 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 is believed that the child was either adopted or died of asphyxiation. No toys or articles were found in the tomb. It’s possible that this was the first Chinese Buddhist temple.
Legend has it that Pai had ten children but none survived to maturity. She took her final child with her on a journey to the heavenly abode but before she left him, she spread a white silk blossom in front of her son begging him to eat it. This was the source of this legend about the white silk flower. I’ve heard that Pai cow is associated with the moon goddess because the moon represents feminine power in Chinese belief.
Pai Cow coins are very popular today. They are quite pleasing to the eye given their distinctive round shape. Some have been made with an oblong shaped oblong coin in the middle and then encircling it’s smaller circular motifs of animals, plants or geometric figures. These coins are often easy to comprehend given their distinctive appearance.
They are usually encrusted with diamonds given its association with the moon goddess. A popular variety is the"Three Treasures" given to the kid on his first birthday. The motifs surrounding the cow are the ears of a ram, a rainbow, a pot and a lampshade. The cow itself is adorned with small stars surrounding its forehead.
Today the Pai Cow remains widely used by Chinese people especially during festive occasions like New Year’s Day and Holidays. The intriguing history of this cow may be transferred from generation to generation. They’re also used by some Chinatown restaurants. They’re considered somewhat of a status symbol for the educated members of Chinese society.