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YEN-LO-WANG

Chinese Death God

Also known as BAO-YAN-LUO, YAN-LUO-WANG, YANLUO-WANG, YENG-WANG-YEH

Deity of Death and Lord of the Fifth Floor of Hell

The God of Death and Ruler of the Fifth Court of FENG-DU, the Chinese Hell.

The Chinese version of YAMA, he was originally King of the First Court of Hell, but Heaven accused him of undue leniency. Far too many souls were crossing the Golden Bridge to Heaven and the place was getting crowded.

To prevent spiritual overpopulation, the JADE-EMPEROR put QIN-GUANG-WANG in charge of Judgment and assigned YEN-LO-WANG to the Fifth Hell of Wailing, Gouging and Boiling. Once there he developed a real relish for making souls miserable, so everyone was happy again. Except the souls, of course.

As a God of some importance, YEN-LO-WANG is far more than just a dealer of boiling oil. He rules over the whole of FENG-DU and has a team of deadly assistants. His filing system contains the records of every soul, complete with their allotted death date. MONKEY once paid him a visit and wreaked havoc, but we imagine security has been tightened up since then.

YEN-LO-WANG FACTS AND FIGURES

Name : YEN-LO-WANG
Location : China
Gender : Male
Type : deity
In charge of : Death
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Yun Lor Warng
Alternative names : BAO-YAN-LUO, YAN-LUO-WANG, YANLUO-WANG, YENG-WANG-YEH
Popularity index : 23748
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Article last updated on 25 March 2013 by the Godchecker Team.

Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

Cite this article:

Saunders, Chas, and Peter J. Allen, eds. "YEN-LO-WANG: God of Death from Chinese mythology." Godchecker. Godchecker/CID, 25 Mar. 2013. Web. 2 September 2014.

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