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LAN-CAIHE

Picture of the Chinese Poverty God LAN-CAIHE from our Chinese mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Chinese Poverty God

Also known as LAN-CAI-HE, LAN-ZAIHE, LAN-TS'AI-HO

Immortal eccentric

One of the EIGHT-IMMORTALS, he’s a total oddball. And why not? Living forever must get very boring unless you mix things up a bit.

In this case LAN-CAIHE mixes it up a lot. He was originally a busker, beggar and herb seller, and usually drunk. He was also very effeminate, and may even have been a female transvestite.

His or her fortune changed dramatically after helping a beggar (whom rumor suggests may have been LI-TIEGUAI in disguise). LAN-CAIHE washed his boils and sores, nursed the crippled beggar back to health, and was rewarded with immortality.

With a bizarre dress sense, LAN-CAIHE wears only one boot, and a belt made of wood. In the summer he wraps up warm with a thick coat, but this is discarded in the winter in preference for sleeping semi-naked in the snow.

This all begins to make sense when you realize he (or she) is the patron deity of the impoverished.

LAN-CAIHE FACTS AND FIGURES

Name : LAN-CAIHE
Location : China
Gender : Male
Type : deity
In charge of : Poverty
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Larn Tsuy Huh
Alternative names : LAN-CAI-HE, LAN-ZAIHE, LAN-TS'AI-HO
Popularity index : 15568

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Article last updated on 30 April 2013 by the Godchecker Team.
Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

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