“Dual Cultivation” is mentioned in many Chinese cultivation novels. But what exactly is it? And what are these “Cauldrons” or “Furnaces” that are sometimes mentioned alongside it?
Just based on the context provided in the novels, it’s easy to get a general idea of what Dual Cultivation entails. However, the concept of Cauldrons is usually a little more difficult to grasp.
Interestingly, these two terms are closely linked and have real-world history behind them. This article will hopefully shine some light on their origin and meanings.
I recently noticed that an excellent article on Chinese webnovel categories disappeared from the internet. It turns out that the author (named “Epithetic”) deleted their blog at some point.
It would be a shame if it was gone for good. Thankfully, I managed to find this forum thread along with an old google doc where the author originally translated the categories. In the thread, Epithetic seemed open to other people hosting the article, so I’ve decided to host it here. Naturally, I’ve credited Epithetic as the translator.
Take a look!
Chinese Webnovel Categories
Another addition to the glossary!
Here’s a Bestiary of Chinese mythological creatures which I’ve seen mentioned in Xianxia or Xuanhuan novels.
That’s an important qualifier, since there are way too many obscure Chinese creatures out there. There are probably hundreds just in the Classic of Mountains and Seas alone! Haha.
Anyway, this is still a work-in-progress. I’ll be continually adding to it in the future. If you’ve noticed any mythological creatures I’ve missed, please let me know! The requirement is that there must be at least a brief mention of them in a Chinese cultivation or martial arts novel.
The phrase “Purple Qi from the East” (紫气东来 zǐqì dōng lái) occasionally appears in Chinese cultivation novels. But what exactly is it?
I’ve added a list of Other Miscellaneous Terms. This is meant to complement the “Miscellaneous Terms” section of the main glossary. As always, feel free to make suggestions.
Also, I realized that I never announced the other parts of the glossary… so here it is!
Terms in Wuxia, Xianxia & Xuanhuan Novels
Chinese Idioms and Phrases
Terms of Address
Immortals (仙 xiān) are beings who ascended to Immortality through Daoist cultivation practices such as internal alchemy. They have magical powers, can fly freely through the air, and have a close connection to the Dao and the natural world.
The supernatural beings known as Yao (妖) and Mo (魔) appear quite often in Chinese cultivation novels.
But what exactly are they?
“Cores” appear quite often in Chinese cultivation novels (Xianxia, Xuanhuan, etc).
But what exactly are they?