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Nezha, the child of lotus by sarriathmoonghost Nezha, the child of lotus by sarriathmoonghost
OK, maybe you remember my work ďDa Ji - the fox demonĒ ([link]) in which I drew a woman (or fox demon) named Daji whoís from an ancient Chinese novel (or more likely a legend, probably) called Fengshen Yanyi. Iíve spent time typing a bunch of crap to tell you about Dajiís character.

This character, Li Nezha, very well known in the Chinese community, is also from the novel Fengshen Yanyi, and even from the story of Journey to the West (which you may heard before). He was reincarnated from a jewel from the heavens. His mother had him in her belly for three years and six months (and according to ancient beliefs there are only two possibilities to this phenomenon: either the child was a savior; or a demon). Nezha was born in a meat egg sack instead of as a normal baby. His father thought that he was a demon and cut the egg up with a sword, and then a baby jumped out of it holding a ring in one hand and a long red silk in the other, these are the cosmic ring and the ribbon of chaos (sorry itís hard to translate the ancient Chinese words into English), which later on become his weapons.

Nezha was a wild child. In the summer of his seventh year, he went out to play and was soaked with sweat. He sat down beside a river and dips the red ribbon into the water to wash himself. The red ribbon was brought with him from the heavens and was a very powerful weapon, when it was dipped into the water it caused an earthquake in the underwater palace of the dragon emperor.

The dragonís son went out of the river to fight Nezha but is killed by him. The dragon emperor summoned up his soldiers to surround Nezhaís home and threatens Nezhaís father to give him up. Nezhaís father, Li Jing, decided that a monster like this canít possibly be his son and was about to give him up to the dragonís army.

Nezha was very disappointed with his father. Instead of letting his father handing him over, he killed himself to make the dragon emperor give up in threatening his parents.

In the book it says that he cut himself open and took all the major organs out of his body to give his flesh and bones back to his parents (which is very disturbing, and remember he was only seven years old), but in less violent versions he just cut his own throat. After he died, his soul flew to his master and asked for help. His master picked up lotus flowers from the pool and recreated his body using lotus roots, and since lotus flowers are heavenly and spiritual flowers of which symbolize purity and immortality, Nezhaís body would always stay the same and be impossible to destroy. Nezha's master also gave him his fiery rings and spear to go with the cosmic ring and red silk.

The whole time during the novel Nezha was in conflict with his father. Li Jing wonít forgive him even after Nezha died, but in the end their conflict was resolved.

And here is Fengshen Yanyi's plot:

FSYYís story was based upon a real famous tyrant named Emperor Zhou. The story happened in the Shang dynasty, which takes place 1600 B.C- 1066 B.C.

The last generation of emperor in the Shang dynasty, which ruled by Zhou is probably the most famous tyrannical period in the Chinese history. When Zhou was young he was smart, wise, strong, and probably handsome, but when he became older he turned into a brutish man. All this happened because of a woman named Daji.

The real historical Daji was not a demon, but she was ruthless when dealing with the civilians of the time. Daji was an amazingly beautiful woman who was selected as Zhouís concubine. Some people believe that she was forced to marry the emperor, and she probably didnít want to. Maybe thatís why she had become so brutish.

Zhou was very lustful; he did everything Daji told him to do- including killing and torturing people and taking away all the wealth and resources.

In the book, Daji was portrayed as a fox demon because at the time FSYY was wrote the concept of fox demon probably fitted her character the most (they believed to be turning into beautiful women and seduce men into doing bad things).

The book starts with Emperor Zhou going into the shrine of Goddess Nuwa, the goddess who was believed to have created the human kind. He looked at the portrait of the goddess and was stunned by her beauty. He was inspired and wrote a poem talking about how he wanted to make the goddess his concubine (what a terrible thing to do!).

When the goddess came into her shrine, she saw the blasphemy writing on the wall and was furious about whoever wrote it. She wanted revenge upon Emperor Zhou. She summoned up three spirits: the thousand year-old fox, the nine-head pheasant, and the jade Pipa demon. She told them to hide their demonic auras, sneak into the emperorís palace, and distract him. As a reward the goddess promised them that they will become real deities after their mission was done successfully.

Meanwhile, Emperor Zhou was very depressed that none of the women serving him can be a match for Goddess Nuwa. He decided to choose more concubines hoping that one of them is beautiful enough for his lust. This is how Daji came in to play. Daji was the daughter of a lord. She was only a normal girl (despite that she had amazing looks of course) at the time, but the thousand year-old fox demon saw her and thought that she was a great opportunity for it to seduce Emperor Zhou and so it sucked her soul out of her body and took over her human form. Now the fox became Daji and was able to do whatever it wants to the emperorís throne. This was when all the stories begin.


At first Daji was only a concubine, so the first person she had to kill was the queen- Queen Jiang. In order to do this Daji came up of a horrible plan: hire a murderer pretending to kill Daji (and probably the emperor too) and let himself get caught. And then he would confess that he was hired by Queen Jiang.

The plan worked. The emperor was so furious that he tortured Queen Jiang to death (first digging out one of her eyes, then making her putting her hands on red-hot iron), and officially making Daji the queen. Afterwards Daji was afraid that Queen Jiangís two sons, one 14 years old and one 12 , will eventually grow up to take revenge, so she convinced the emperor to kill them (although they were Zhouís sons too). The emperor did not succeed in killing them however. They were saved by a powerful hermit when the execution was about to begin.

Daji did not stop killing and torturing people after that. One person told Zhou to stop spending time with Daji, so Daji made Zhou to tie him onto an iron column fired red; another stood up to Zhouís tyranny, so Daji dug out his heart. Queen Jiangís maids wept for their queen, so Daji created big hole on the ground and put the maids inside with millions of poisonous insects and reptiles (centipedes, spiders, scorpions, poisonous snakes and probably toads and lizards) and watched as they were slowly devoured alive. Daji also made people create pools filled with wine and forests with cooked meat hanging on the branches, while normal people were lucky if they have rice to eat.

At the mean time, Goddess Nuwa summoned other two Taoists to go help Daji taking down Emperor Zhou. She promised that she would make the first to take down Zhou a deity. One of them, Jiang Ziya, was wise and decided to join Zhouís opponent, Emperor Wu; while the other one, Shen Gongbao, decided to take the easy way and join Daji to make Zhou an even crueler leader and hope that his people will eventually rise up and take him down.

All those who opposed Zhou joined Jiang Ziya while all those who remain faithful to him helped him to fight his opponents. Nezha was one of those who join Ziya to fight the emperor. He was probably one of the most powerful warriors on Ziya's side.

In the end of the book they finally took down the emperor off of his throne. Peace finally befell upon the people. The Shang dynasty ended and the Zhou dynasty began.

All who died in the war, no matter which side they were on, were given a title as a deity. There were a few people turned into deities without being killed, and Nezha was one of them.
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flyingbicyle Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Student General Artist
那么漂亮!
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snoopsis Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW! This is so beautifully detailed! One day when i become much older i will learn color drawings.
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asia-yuyu Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
*sigh* it's like chinese myth story 101 =v= ohh childhood.............things that I always remember was that he was chubby XD like a cute little kid
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heysaybabo Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
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i wish i was Chinese hahah, i was missing out on these wonderful stories ><
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Kitsumi-Hime Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
Oh Gosh this brings back memories!!! I remember watching the FSYY cartoon when I was younger... I think I had a crush on Nezha actually!! I really LOVED that show. And I love how he turns out here too! Very feminine... And thanks for the summary of FSYY too, all I remember is bits and pieces, but this actually makes a lot more sense. Thanks!
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sarriathmoonghost Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
thanks and you're welcome
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4164120003 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
by the way why did you made him look like so much like a girl? he is suppose to be a chile or even possibly a loli i get that, but now you made me think he might be better off being a girl than a boy >.<
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sarriathmoonghost Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
loli IS a girl
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4164120003 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
phew~ whatever(never get this kind of stuff anyway)i am drawing her as a girl now!
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sarriathmoonghost Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
ewww if you do that I'm probably going to dig out my own eyes
I mean looking like a girl is okay but breasts and hips will kill me instantly
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4164120003 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
but i am DUDE, think about my needs,i LIKE breasts and hips. a

and whats wrong with breasts and hips anyway? i thought the female figute is suppose to be the prettier one
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sarriathmoonghost Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
im not talking about breasts and hips in general, just when they are on Nezha, ewwwww....
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4164120003 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
................welcome to the guys' mindset
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sarriathmoonghost Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
sure be an otaku
no girls like otakus
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4164120003 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
you are only uploading this now?! and very pretty by the way
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MaryKosmosVer2 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Student Artist
I used to read comics about Ne Zha, or Na Tra as how the people of my culture call him... I thought he was a girl at first, since I read the books when I was really little....

Good times... Good times...
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sarriathmoonghost Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
OOH yeah...I remember the times when I used to think he was a girl, that was soome memory...haha...
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MaryKosmosVer2 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Student Artist
Indeed. :nod:
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Engelchen19 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
nice pose and colors <3

like it ^^
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Sword-Dance Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
He looks like a GIRL! I don't think it's just me; I don't think it's just you either. ALl portrayals of Nezha seem to make him look like a girl!

It's beautiful anyway. I really like it. Faving!
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Kitsumi-Hime Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
Actually.... not all portrayals of Nezha makes him look like a girl. [link] This was the first Nezha I've seen, but then again... he does look like a girl now that you've said it. Just a bit. =)
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Sword-Dance Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah--that picture makes him look heroic xD

In any case, I love the mood that is conveyed! Lotuses are pretty, and him being born from one is just...ahh. Except the association with flowers probably caused this slant in the portrayals of him.
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flareblitz Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice picture; I love the water-colour-y style, especially the words.

I like how he looks as if he's rising out of the lotus.

Mmmmm, Nezha. I am quite a fan of him.

Very detailed description of Feng Shen Yan Yi!
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ZuNatious18 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
wOOt
Third prince. :D

beautiful colors <3
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irenerei Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Student General Artist
you have use your heart to draw well,i really like it ya...
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TheKarelia Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008   Traditional Artist
Impressive! :love:
You have an amazing talent :nod:
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artemecia Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008
This is really really beautiful ! *o*
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sarriathmoonghost Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008
thanks!
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artemecia Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008
No prob ;)
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dr-rin Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
Beautiful! XD
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darkenedmyth Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008  Student General Artist
so pretty!
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RandomBlah Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, that's crazy pretty!!

and so much info!!!

super interesting. :) thanks
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