Xi Shi

April 8th, 2008 by sabrina

Xi Shi (pronounced SHE shur) is the Chinese Goddess of face creams and perfumes. She is one of the Four Beauties of ancient China, and was so beautiful that fish forgot to swim and birds forgot to fly when they saw her. Her beauty was used as a state weapon by the deposed King of Yue. He had been defeated by the King of Wu in a war and imprisoned. His advisors trained Xi Shi and Zheng Dan, another beauty, and then sent them to the King of Wu. He was so distracted by the beautiful women that he neglected the kingdom and was overthrown by the deposed King. The Queen of Yue then had Xi Shi drowned so that her husband would not be tempted by her. She is also known as Hsi Shih.

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