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Also known as CH'ENG-HUANG

A picture showing the legend of CHENG-HUANG taken from our Chinese mythology archives. Illustration by Chas Saunders. Read the story below or search the index for more Chinese Gods, Chinese Goddesses, heroes, demons and monsters!

Protective Town Gods in charge of buildings and bureaucracy

Every district has its own CHENG-HUANG to guard against earthquakes, cracked paving and other disasters.

A sort of building surveyor God, your local CHENG-HUANG probably has a desk at the Town or City Hall, but can only be contacted if your phone has a star key. In case of emergency, the TU-DI Repairs Team are standing by — waiting for someone to hand them the correct form.

As representatives of the JADE-EMPEROR, they may seem unreachable and aloof, but they're doing their best. It's not easy keeping track of collapsed chimneys, abandoned bicycles, busted street lamps and potholes in the road. Especially at the weekend.

Like most Public Servant Gods in China, the CHENG-HUANG are sticklers for paperwork. All complaints and damage reports must be submitted on the correct form. Even departing souls are required to fill out a form before their journey to Heaven is expedited.

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Article last updated on 28 December 2012
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
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Location : China
Gender : Sorry, we don't know
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Chhung Hwarng
Alternative names : CH'ENG-HUANG
Popularity index : 872

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