">
Godchecker's mythology encyclopedia

ZHANG-XIAN
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.

  • Share this page:

Article last updated on 16 April 2004
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

COPYRIGHT © 1999-2013. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Please mention Godchecker.com when praying to deities.

Godchecker's article on Zhang-xian is based on material from ancient texts, original references and our own research. We strive for accuracy and update regularly with new information. If you spot a mistake please contact us and we'll try to fix it.


Suggested further reading...
ABOUT ZHANG-XIAN : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : ZHANG-XIAN
Location : China
Gender : Male
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Jharng Shee-yen
Alternative names : CHANG-HSIEN
Popularity index : 403

Join the Godchecker mailing list

Stay in the loop with Godchecker updates. You can unsubscribe at any time.
We are often asked about merchandise. Can we supply the latest Zhang-xian graphic novel, book or comic? Not to mention role-playing games (RPG), video games, Zhang-xian movies on DVD, BluRay and so on. To purchase such goodies we suggest you search for a dedicated mythology-based online store - or try Amazon, Ebay or other reputable websites. We offer a wide range of our own merchandise in our online GodShop, but we don't currently sell third party items. Yet!

Visitors often email us asking about Zhang-xian statues, sculptures or carved figurines of Zhang-xian. We regret we cannot assist with identifying such items.




PRESS or MEDIA enquiries? Contact us here.

REPRODUCTION REQUESTS. This site is copyright and all rights are reserved. If you wish to use our material in your essay, book, article or project, please consult our permissions information page.

SUPPORT THE GODS. Found this site useful? Consider donating a few pennies to the Godchecker Temple Roof Fund.



The Gods told us to do it.
up
THE A-Z OF CHINESE GODS
The Complete List of CHINESE GODS...

Can't find the Chinese God you want? Try searching our Holy Database...

JOIN OUR MAILING LIST


CONTACT US