She guards the gateway to the secret of Everlasting Youth and rebirth. Actually, it's just something I made up while I was drawing this. As far as I know, there is no such tale in Chinese folklore. I thought it up after reading a lot of Amy Tan books. pen and inkupdated 11/2/05: made a few minor adjustments, but I think it's about as good as it's gonna get now (i.e. not very good ^^;).