Afterlife - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Religion

Billy Collins
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The Changing Concept of the Netherworld: Eastern Zhou to Han

During the Eastern Zhou (770–256 BCE) and the Warring States periods, for which written documents are relatively abundant, two terms—Yellow Spring and Dark City—were used to represent the idea of a netherworld. The term Yellow Spring (huangquan) was probably a reference to underground water, which was a metaphor for the netherworld. The Zuozhuan, a work that relates historical events of the Eastern Zhou period, preserved a story that concerns this idea of the Yellow Spring. The duke of Zheng was angry with his unfaithful mother and vowed never to see her again in life with the expression "we shall not meet each other unless we all reach the Yellow Spring" (i.e., the netherworld). Later, when he regretted his anger, he dug an underground tunnel to meet with her, since the tunnel was supposed...

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