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QIN-GUANG-WANG

Chinese Underworld God

Also known as JIANG-QIN-GUANG, TS'IN-KWANG-WANG

Ruler of the First Court of Hell

After being registered at FENG-DU Hell H.Q. you are brought before his Magic Mirror of Retribution. There you are forced to watch as every detail of your life is replayed in excruciating detail. All sins are uncovered and naughty thoughts replayed. (What a terrifying concept.)

Once all the evidence is in, QIN-GUANG-WANG gives his verdict. The truly righteous take the Golden Bridge straight to eternal happiness in Western Paradise. This is a one-way trip and very few get to make it.

The not-quite-so-righteous take the Silver Bridge to the dull but comfortable Southern Paradise — but only if they have spent a lifetime making up for their bad deeds. There they get a little vacation before plunging back into the rebirth cycle.

The rest of us have to repent and suffer punishment for our sins. And FENG-DU is very well-equipped in the punishment department. There are chambers for every kind of sin imaginable, from murder to bad personal hygiene.

QIN-GUANG-WANG also rules the fate of souls who have met untimely deaths by accident or misfortune. Such people may be let off lightly if they haven’t lived long enough to accumulate spiritual brownie points.

Legend tells that the First Court of FENG-DU was originally ruled by YEN-LO-WANG, the God of Death. But the JADE-EMPEROR gave the post to QIN-GUANG-WANG instead when it turned out the God of Death was a bit of a softie.

QIN-GUANG-WANG FACTS AND FIGURES

Name : QIN-GUANG-WANG
Location : China
Gender : Male
Type : deity
In charge of : the Underworld
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Cheen Goo-arng Warng
Alternative names : JIANG-QIN-GUANG, TS'IN-KWANG-WANG
Popularity index : 8524

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Article last updated on 18 October 2013 by Rowan Allen.

Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

Cite this article:

Saunders, Chas, and Peter J. Allen, eds. "QIN-GUANG-WANG: God of the Underworld from Chinese mythology." Godchecker. Godchecker/CID, 18 Oct. 2013. Web. 1 August 2014.

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