CHINESE MYTHOLOGY

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ZHANG-XIAN

Chinese Childbirth God

Also known as CHANG-HSIEN

God of Birth and Protector of Children

But only of the male variety. He also has a hand in Food Production.

The birth of male children was traditionally of prime importance to Chinese families. Boys grew up to become men. Girls were just girls — nice to have around, so long as there were plenty of boys to make the money and work the farms.

Which is why ZHANG-XIAN became the top God to turn to for offspring. He was constantly in demand for supplying male children. As far as we know, there is no Chinese God of female offspring, so it’s possible he now offers a unisex service.

Known as the Archer, ZHANG-XIAN is usually depicted firing an arrow in the direction of TIAN-GU, the Celestial God. We understand he is also the mortal enemy of ER-LANG, the heroic nephew of the JADE-EMPEROR. These facts require further investigation.

ZHANG-XIAN FACTS AND FIGURES

Name : ZHANG-XIAN
Location : China
Gender : Male
Type : deity
In charge of : Birth
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Jharng Shee-yen
Alternative names : CHANG-HSIEN
Popularity index : 5772
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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. "ZHANG-XIAN: God of Childbirth from Chinese mythology." Godchecker. Godchecker/CID, 14 Jan. 2014. Web. 2 September 2014.

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