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Also known as FUK-XING, FU-HSING

A picture showing the legend of FU-XING 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!

God of Happiness and Good Luck.

He's the Lucky Star member of the SAN-XING team, bright and cheery and full of boundless optimism. Highly recommended.

The legend tells that Emperor Wu Ti (502-550 A.D) was besotted with midgets. When news came that the district of Dazhou was absolutely packed with tiddly people, he was delighted. (Why this place should be rich in midgets has never been adequately explained.)

The imperious Emperor ordered that all midgets be taken from their families and brought to the Imperial Court. There they would be forced to serve as his clowns like some oriental premonition of the Munchkins. (Wasn't there a Yellow Brick Road in Old China?)

Everyone in Dazhou was heartbroken, especially the mothers of the midgets. But Yang Cheng, the Governor of Dazhou, was a kind-hearted soul and, risking his very life, wrote a forceful petition to the Emperor asking him to please leave off.

Instead of the instant death such impudence had earned him, Yang Cheng was granted his request by the abashed Emperor. The midgets and their mothers were so grateful, they bowed down and worshipped him... and lo! he became FU-XING, the God of Happiness and Disasters Averted.

As well as the other SAN-XING, he also hangs out with GUO-ZIYI, another unexpected Happiness God.

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Article last updated on 15 April 2004
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
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Name : FU-XING
Location : China
Gender : Male
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Foo Sheeng
Alternative names : FUK-XING, FU-HSING
Popularity index : 454

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