The Four Empires
In the Shi Jin Tenchi Sho ("The Universe of the Four Gods of Heaven and Earth") the sky is divided in four equal parts- north, south, east, west- and each of this quadrants have seven constellations. In the same way the land is also divided in the following regions:
The Hokkan country is a very cold place, and it's analogous to Mongolia. It is three times bigger than Konan. About 200 years ago in the book's time, a young girl Takiko became the first miko. There is were the Suzako no Sei went to find the Genbuu no Shinzaho. It was hidden in a cave-temple at the top of a Kukuzan Mountain were two of the seishis Hikitsu and Tomite, out of loyalty for their miko have been guarding the shinzaho for all that time!!!!!
Protector: Genbu (a tortoise)
The Seven Seishi: Hikitsu, Inam, Uruki, Tomite, Uramiya, Hatsui, Naname.
The dessert country of Sairou is where Miaka and her sei went to find the second shinzaho who was protected by the seishi Tatara. A very beautiful place indeed, Sairou is very alike western China. Ninety years before, Suzuno became the Byakko no Miko, and summoned Byakko .
Protector: Byakko (a white tiger)
The Seven Seishi: Tokaki, Tatara, Kokie, Sabaru, Amefuri, Karasuki, Toroki.
A warrior country, the Kutou Empire is always trying to conquest the other three kingdoms; Hokkan, Sairou and Konan. They have the biggest and stronger army know. It's actual emperor is very cruel, but in reality he is just a coward that wants unlimited power.
Protector: Seiryuu, (a blue dragon)
The Seven Seishi: Amiboshi, Suboshi, Tomo, Soi, Nakago, Ashitare, Miboshi.
A prosperous land, the southern kingdom of Konan, is very alike ancient China. It is ruled by the young emperor Saihitei, also know as Hotohori. The emperor is very kind and all deal with the empire decisions very wisely. Konan's capital is Eiyou, have a market filled with different merchandise from textiles to traditional food. Note: Konan food seems to be specially good, since Miaka made several comments about its great taste (ok, I know that Miaka would like nearly everything ^-^). The royal palace and its surroundings can be considered the richest sectors. Konan is inhabited by various kinds of people, most of them have Asiatic features, from castle soldiers to street ruffians (which appear often at the beginning of the series). Like in all places, Konan also have poor sectors as Hakukou, the village from were Tamahome is from. The Emperor didn't realized that at first, but when he visited his realm he noticed this problem.
Protector: Suzaku (a red peacock)
The Seven Seishi: Tamahome, Hotohori, Nuriko, Chichiri, Chiriko, Tasuki, Mitsukake.