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YU-QIANG
Also known as YU-CH'IANG

God of the Oceans and the Ocean Winds.

Once upon a long time ago, there were five islands for the immortals. These were not anchored to the Earth and floated freely, but they kept bumping into China.

The Gods were not too happy with having their joss sticks jostled and moaned to the JADE-EMPEROR. YU-QIANG was ordered to tether the islands to a team of turtles, who could take it in turns to bear their weight.

Then there was some hassle with a giant, who caught and ate most of the turtles, causing two of the islands to sink. Only one is left, but we don't know where it is.

As God of Sea Breezes, YU-QIANG has a bird body with human face and appendages, but when the God of Seawater he rides on two dragons and something fishy happens, turning him into a whale.

When angry he turns back into a giant bird, although this should exclude him from tying turtles to islands because, in our opinion, the turtles would be scared witless.

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Article last updated on 15 April 2004
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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ABOUT YU-QIANG : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : YU-QIANG
Location : China
Gender : Male
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Yoo Chee-yeng
Alternative names : YU-CH'IANG
Popularity index : 222

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