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Also known as ER-LONG, ERH-LANG

A picture showing the legend of ER-LANG 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!

Nephew of the [JADE-EMPEROR].

He specializes in outwitting demons and evil spirits. With seventy-two separate disguises in his dressing room, they seldom spot him coming.

ER-LANG was called in by Heaven to subdue the troublesome MONKEY, which he attempted to do with great confidence. But pride comes before a fall and he failed most miserably, not realizing that the Monkey King was just as adept at the seventy-two transformations and had a much bigger stick.

ER-LANG is also a mortal enemy of ZHANG-XIAN. We don't know why, but we aim to find out. There are giveaway hints however. He has a third eye in the middle of his forehead on which an eyepatch would be out of place, and he favors a three-bladed spear and rather swirly clothes. Also his black hound will never be far away.

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Article last updated on 04 July 2005
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
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Name : ER-LANG
Location : China
Gender : Male
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Uh Larng
Alternative names : ER-LONG, ERH-LANG
Popularity index : 665

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