At the mouth of Bingshu Baojian Gorge, Zigui County, Yichang City, Hubei Province, there is a famous Shuifu Temple, which enshrines a statue of Shuifu Prince. Interestingly, the Shuifu Prince still wears a statue on his head. A special metal hat. As for what’s special about the hat? What’s the origin? If you want to know, let the editor reveal it for you:
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In the western section of the Xiling Gorge of the Three Gorges of the Yangtze River, there is a famous gorge. This gorge is called Bingshu Baojian Gorge and is an important part of Xiling Gorge. The specific location of Bingshu Baojian Gorge is about the western section of Xiling Gorge and between Xiangxi and Miaohe. Legend has it that during the Three Kingdoms period, Zhuge Liang once threw his military book and sword into the river, and then turned it into a cliff on both sides of the river. This is just a myth and legend, and there is no scientific basis. According to geography experts, the so-called military book is actually the relic of the ancient hanging coffin buried in the crevices of the cliff on the north bank, and the sword below it is just a protruding rock on the collapsed cliff.
Bingshu Baojian Gorge, which is Xiangxi and Yangtze River in Zigui County, Yichang City, Hubei Province Near the intersection, stands a special temple, which is called Shuifu Temple. Shuifu Temple, also known as Zhenjiang Wangye Temple and Ziyun Palace, was built in the 23rd year of Qianlong’s reign in the Qing Dynasty, with a construction area of about 473 square meters. The gate of Shuifu Temple is facing the rushing Yangtze River, and the gate of the front hall is laid out as a crooked gate, and the entrance is northeast. The temple is in the structure of three halls, in the shape of a quadrangle, with a symmetrical layout, with a width of 12.51 meters and a depth of 24.92 meters. There is a statue of Zhenjiang Prince in the front hall of Shuifu Temple, a statue of Guanyin in the rear hall, Putuo Mountain and Baizitu in the middle hall, and a white statue of Zhaojun on the incense burner stone in the north of the temple. Inside the hall, there are carved beams and painted buildings, and the fragrance is lingering, which is very solemn and simple, and has an antique flavor.
A question arose at this time, why did the people of the Qing Dynasty build on the edge of the Yangtze River? What about a Shuifu Temple? What kind of magical power does the Prince of Shuifu in the temple have? It turns out that the Bingshu Baojian Gorge has always been the most turbulent water in the Xiling Gorge. The water demon is the disaster. Out of consideration for safety, the ancients invested in the construction of the Temple of the Prince of the Water House, and borrowed the power of the Prince of the Water House to suppress the water demon and ensure the peace of the party. However, you may not know that although the statue of the Prince of Shuifu looks very majestic today, at the beginning of the establishment of the Shuifu Temple, the Prince of Shuifu was not good-looking, wearing an ordinary hat, and he did not have the temperament of a prince at all.
But Coincidentally, by chance, the Prince of Shuifu put on a new hat. At that time, on the beach near Baojian Gorge in the Bingshu, there were many trackers who depended on pulling fiber for a living. On this day, an old tracker was pulling fiber on the beach as usual, but suddenly felt his feet hard. Years of fiber-stretching experience told him that what he stepped on under his feet was definitely not an ordinary stone, but a hard metal object. Out of curiosity, he groped in the water and found a silver ingot. Some silver products found by the trackers on the shore were finally handed over to the tracker’s head.
In the past few years, the tracker’s head has accumulated more and more silverware, He was also a little overwhelmed, and after discussion, the tracker decided to bring all the silverware to the Temple of Wangye of Shuifu. The monks in the temple melted all the silverware to make a sterling silver crown, and found a skilled silversmith to beautify it to replace the original worn-out ordinary god hat of the Prince of Shuifu. After this silver crown was made, it was put on the head of the Prince of Water Mansion. The silver glittering crown made the Shuifu Prince more majestic and solemn.
We have to admit that the Fiber Gang’s move is indeed superstitious, but in Behind the superstition, it also shows the ardent hope of the ancients to change the environment of the Yangtze River waterway. They must be full of envy and yearning when they see the beautiful life of today.
The Prince of Water is in After being put on the silver crown, did it quell the water potential of the Bingshu Baojian Gorge? We still don’t know. However, after the completion of the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River in my country, the water potential of the Three Gorges became docile, changing the appearance of rapids and rapids, and became a happy waterway for the people to run towards a better life.
Reference: “Underwater Archaeology” by Wang ChengWritten by Bin, published by Chongqing Publishing House
Wen Xiucai, editor-in-chief of Wenlan Hairun Studio, this article is written: Special historical writer: Changshan Zhao Zichong