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The Genbu

Genbu as it is called in Japanese culture is also known as Xuan Wu in Chinese culture which translates to mean roughly Black Turtle or Black Warrior.

Genbu is God of the North, presiding over the winter season. It is also thought to be the incarnation of Water in the Five Elements of Feng Shui. In Chinese mythology, it is usually potrayed as a union of a black turtle and snake.

Considered to be one of the four emblems of royalty in China. Its shell represents the vault of the universe, with holy attributes for purposes of divination. The Turtle is a symbol of longevity and wisdom, associated with high ranking officials. This symbol of the Turtle is often found as a rank used on court girdles.

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