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Tien Shan Chi Kung

Khan Tegri, master of the Tien Shan range

Chi Kung is an offspring of prehistoric Chinese Shamanism, which is known to be at least ten thousand years old, but is probably much older than that. When civilization started in China four thousand years ago the shamans moved up into the mountains to, as they put it: "get far above the dust of civilization" and became hermits. Their practices came to be known as Chi Kung, Chi meaning life energy and Kung means knowledge or work.

About 3800 years ago a group of Taoists wandered into Northwestern China, near Mongolia, and ended up at the Tien Shan, the highest northernmost mountain range in the world, where they developed this Chi Kung. Tien Shan means Sky or Celestial Mountain and also Cloud Mountain or Heaven Mountain. It is a practice for health, longevity, and spiritual growth for hermits. They wanted longevity in order to have more time for spiritual growth and being full of energy and youthful vitality in their old age was also considered helpful.

In China the more powerful Chi Kung systems were kept secret because they greatly benefited the holder. Greater creativity, endurance, intelligence, longevity, compassion, and psychic advantages represent a form of power which was carefully guarded.

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In the heart of Asia lies the enormous, mysterious massif of the Tian Shan Mountains, from which rivers flow East from the timbered ridges of the Sayan, to sink and die in the hot sands of Western Khayan. It stretches over a huge portion of Central Asia.

The cradle of peoples, histories and legends; the native land of bloody conquerors, who have left nearby their capitals covered by the sand of the Gobi, their mysterious rings and their ancient nomad laws; the states of monks and evil devils, the country of wandering tribes administered by the descendants of Genghiz Khan and Kublai Khan, the Khans and Princes of the Junior lines: that is Tien Shan.

The land of mysterious doctors, prophets, sorcerers, fortune-tellers and witches; the land which has not forgotten the thoughts of the long deceased great potentates of Asia and of half of Europe: that is Tien Shan.

The land of nude mountains, of plains burned by the sun and killed by the cold; the land of boiling hot springs and of mountain passes inhabited by demons; of sacred lakes swarming with fish; of wolves, rare species of deer and mountain goats, marmots in millions, wild horses, wild donkeys and wild camels that have never known the bridle, ferocious dogs and rapacious birds of prey which devour the dead bodies cast out on the plains by the people: that is Tien Shan.

Tien Shan, the land whose disappearing primitive people gaze upon the bones of their forefathers whitening in the sands and dust of their plains; where are dying out the people who formerly conquered China, Siam, Northern India and Russia.