Chinese Mythology

The Folk Gods and Spirits of the Middle Kingdom


Chinese Underworld God

Also known as Bi Biancheng, King Biancheng, Pien-Ch'eng-Wang

Ruler of the Sixth Court of Hell

The Sixth Court of Diyu is the place of Screaming Torture. So-called because the level of suffering is ear-piercingly extreme. Here sexual sins are dealt with by rats who gnaw at the bodily parts concerned. This is said to be excruciatingly painful.

Meanwhile, liars, gossips, slanderers, deceivers and people who twist words get the Iron Pin Punishment. This involves a large iron spike, their mouth, and a lot of agony. Other sins punished by Biancheng Wang include drunk-driving, cruelty to animals and wasting food.

And if you have bad personal hygiene, don’t think you will escape justice. For your entire life, people have been too polite to mention that you smell like an orangutan’s laundry basket — but when you’re thrown into the Pool of Reeking Filth even you will get the message. For centuries, this pool has been full of odiferous people just like you, and the resulting stench would melt a gas mask. Ewww.

As if he wasn’t occupied enough with all this retribution, Biancheng Wang also runs the Department of Administrative Errors. Even the Gods make mistakes, and sometimes a bureaucratic snafu can lead to death before your allotted time. If this happens to you, please remain calm and fill out the appropriate form.

Biancheng Wang Facts and Figures

Name: Biancheng Wang
Pronunciation: Bee-yen Cchung Warng
Alternative names: Bi Biancheng, King Biancheng, Pien-Ch'eng-Wang

Gender: Male
Type: God
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: the Underworld
Area of expertise: Underworld

Good/Evil Rating: NEUTRAL, may not care
Popularity index: 7077

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Article last revised on May 16, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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