In the popular notion, Shennong (Divine Farmer 神农) is Red
Emperor who established agriculture industry and herbal
medicine business. According to Daoism,
Shennong is Divine King of Man, one of three Divine Kings
who ranks above the five Legendary Emperors. In any case,
Shennong is an important figure in the history of Chinese
Yet ironically, a geo park in China named after him has
everything to do with the opposite.
Four Seasons in Shennongjia
Shennong Jia is a nature reserve located between Daba Mountain
and Sacred Daoist Mt. Wudang at the juncture of three provinces
- Hunan, Yunnan and Sichuan. It not only has the wild landscape
that is largely untamed by the farming industry, but a wild
reputation of being the home to wild man.
Some Chinese volunteers have been on the hot pursuit of
the giants for decades, and since 1976, several state-sponsored
expeditions by scientists and army personnel were also carried
out. The number of eyewitnesses to the alleged wild men mounts
to hundreds, and some locals say they also heard them roaring.
It is like a voice from the remote past prior to the era
of the Divine Farmer – Shennong; in the land named after
him, some tribes might well have fled the thrall of the Chinese
While continuously fiddling about with history, these possibly
existed wild men also keep teasing the people who think they
are the only masters of the land. The mythical beings make
themselves visible only by their invisibility, leaving a
few giant footprints here and there for scientists to argue
among themselves, but keeping their true identity hazy in
the distant moonlight.
Mythical wild man in Shennongjia
It seems a curtain of obscurity shrouded on those who defy
the verdict of Shennong, the Divine Farmer, will never been
Or perhaps not!
Dwelling in murky corners of the modern world are not just
those who take refugee in Shennongjia. According to some
Chinese researchers, in the deep forest bordering Burma and
Vietnam, there might be ten thousand of tribe people living
in a pre-agricultural existence.
Due to the persistent efforts of some elements in Chinese
society who try to project the past into the present for
whatever reasons, recently 76 tribesmen and women walked
out of their ancestral home of warm and moist forest, and
traveled across the country to resettle in a cold and dry
They seemingly possess exceptional
physical abilities that normally reserved for highly
accomplished qigong or kung fu masters. With bare foot
they climb a ladder made of knives, stomp on a blazing
wood, or dance in a pool full of glass shreds. And their
tongue can lick through the surface of a scorching blade.
Southwest tribesman in Northeast
Whether these people should be called wild men are questionable.
They may just be those who appear sure of their allegiance
and sure of their path therefore refuse to follow the trend.
But now as they have finally left their ancestral land, so
might be their time-honoured way of life. An era once lost
may never again return.