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Picture of the Chinese Hearth God ZAO-JUN from our Chinese mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Chinese Hearth God

Also known as TSAO-CHUN, TASO-WANG

Domestic God of the Fireplace

He had one hell of a life as a mortal. It all seemed to be going so well... until he fell in love with another woman.

From there it was the old old story of losing his wife, going blind, losing his mistress, becoming a beggar and getting burnt to ashes in the kitchen stove.

However, as luck would have it, there was a vacancy for a Kitchen God and he got the job, helped by the piety of his grieving mistress. Now he can be found in every household, keeping an eye on things and offering protection.

Something of a celestial snoop, he compiles an official report on every family which is sent to the JADE-EMPEROR on New Year’s Day. But he’s not above a little bribery. Next time you have a Chinese take-out, order some extra noodles or honey cakes to keep him happy. And he does like a drink.


Name : ZAO-JUN
Location : China
Gender : Male
Type : deity
In charge of : the Hearth
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Dzaow Joon
Alternative names : TSAO-CHUN, TASO-WANG
Popularity index : 6635
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Article last updated on 14 January 2014 by Rowan Allen.

Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

Cite this article:

Saunders, Chas, and Peter J. Allen, eds. "Zao-jun: Chinese God of the Hearth." Godchecker. Godchecker/CID, 14 Jan. 2014. Web. 21 September 2014.

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