Daoist world-ages = Huisi Tacu

DE, pp. 36-42

GD, p. 208


Codex Vindobonensis

1.Hun-Yuan "Vast Prime"


2. Hon-Yuan "Coagulated Prime"


3. Tai-C^u "Grand Antecedence"


4. Tai-S^i "Grand Initiation"


5. Tai-Su "Grand Immaculate"


6. Hun-Dun



[striped] living upper-body-of-stone

7. Jiu-Gon "Nine Palaces"



day 9 Cipactli

8. Yuan-Huan "Primordial Sovereign"

[5. "Heavenly King of Primordial Beginning", p. 124]


hero 1 Xochitl (= Quiche` Hunahpu)

9. Tai-S^an-Huan "Great Highest Sovereign"

4. S^an-Huan "Highest Sovereign" [= "Highest Sovereign of Emptiness,the Great Dao of Jade Dawn", p. 126]


Tlaloc in the sky (Tlaloc usually being clad in jade)

10. Di-Huan "Earth Sovereign" (earth for interrment within?)

3. Kai-Huan "Opening Sovereign" (opening of a grave?)

(20:3) 33:4

god with conical hat [such a had being worn by Mictlan-tecutli, god of interrments & graves]

11. Ren-Huan "Human Sovereign" [the Dao De Jin admonisheth to "discard humanity", indicating thus that "humane" signifieth "foul, harsh usage"]


(20:3) 33:4

god with flint blades as mouth [indicating harsh, foul language?]

12. Zun-Lu: "Venerable ..."


(20:3) 33:3

bearded god [beard making for venerability]

13. Gou-Lou "Crooked ..."


(20:3) 33:3

god wearing jagged headdress

14. He-Xu "Glorious ... "


(20:3) 33:3

on seat, god having as his headdress a bird (some male birds making courtship-displays, i.e. glorying, before females)

15. Tai-Lian


(20:3) 33:2


[Fu-Xi's assistant is "Ch>ung (the Multiple and Regeneracy)" (CSCh, p. 27)]


(20:3) 33:2

2-headed god

16. Fu-Xi "Hidden Vapor" [tailed god, CSCh, p. 12]


(20:4) 33:1

tailed god

17. +Nu:-Gwa "snake woman"


(20:4) 33:1

snaky-haired goddess 11 Coatl

18. S^en-Non "Divine Farmer"


(21:1) 32:4

god on seat

19. Sui-Ren "Fire Drill"


(21:4) 32:1


20. Z^u-Ron "Blessed Smelter"


(26:2) 27:1

man holding flaming torches, igniting sky & earth-monster

21. Gao-Yuan "High Source" [the term for "source" having a sexual connotation in Samskr.ta]


16:6 (37:1)

3-lobed-headed god [=3-lobed-headed Zu~ni god god Koyems^i, HK, Plate XLV; "performing certain obscene acts", ibid., p. 32]

22. Gao-Yan "High Male"


16:2 (37:2)

from opened tree emergeth a man (naked)

23. Gao-Xin "High Toil"


16:2 (37:2)

2 gods [toil at] opening tree

24. Can-Jie "Dark Knot"

3."knotting of cords"

15:2 (38:1)

knotted cords

25. Huan-Di "Yellow Emperor" [who is said to have invented acupuncture]


12:4 (41:1)

pins stuck into site

26. S^ao-Hao "Lesser Brillliance" [S^ao Hao "has a falcon's body ... He also dwells on top of Mt. Ch>ang Liu" (CSCh, p. 28)]


9:4 (44:1)

eagle under overhanging mountain

[S^ao Hao's "sacred animal is a white tiger" (loc. cit.)]


8:3 (45:2)

ocelot on hill

27. Z^uan-Xu [C^uan Hsu: (Z^uan-Xu) "is the mighty god who once executed the Estrangement of Earth from Heaven" (CSCh, p. 29)]


7:2 (47:1)

Quetzal-coatl elevating sky from earth

[C^uan Hsu: (Z^uan-Xu) "has a bird's body with green snakes hanging down from each ear" (loc. cit.)]


5:3 (48:1)

Quetzal-coatl (Whose name-sign is "quetzalbird-snake")

= "Master of the Red Essence"

2. C^i-Min "Red Radiance"


28. Di-Ku

1. Lon-Han "Dragon Country"

2:2-4 (51:1-3)

dragon (feathered serpent)-suited gods

Perhaps the subdivisons (of these 2 Daoist lists), repraesenting reversely read sequences in the Codex Vindobonensis, can be reconciled by assuming a [Jaina-style] Kala-cakra of ascending & descending stages. And (in view of the similarity between the 28 of one list and now being the 28th maha-yuga of the current Manu-antara) an appropriate way to reconcile the 2 Daoist lists (each as a whole) with each other would be to correlate the idea (in the literature of the Theosophical Society -- taken from some upa-puran.a ?) of pairs of Manu-antara-s as the ascending & descending stages.

TE = Livia Kohn: The Taoist Experience. Albany (NY): State U. of NY Pr, 1993. [citing the Tai-S^an Lao-Jun Kai-Tian Jin]

DG = Livia Kohn: God of the Dao. Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1998. [citing the Numinous Treasure text Z^i-Hui Zui-Gen Pin]

HT = CENTRO DE ESTUDIOS Y DOCUMENTACIO`N LATINOAMERICANOS, Incidentele Publicaties 24. Maarten E. R. G. N. Jansen: Huisi Tacu. Amsterdam, 1982.

HK = TWENTY-FIRST ANNUAL REPORT OF THE BUREAU OF AMERICAN ETHNOLOGY. Jesse Walter Fewkes: Hopi Katchinas. Washington, 1903.

CSCh = ASIAN THOUGHT AND CULTURE, Vol. VIII. Robert Shanmu Chen: A Comparative Study of Chinese and Western Cyclic Myths. Peter Lang, 1992.