Chinese Mythology

The Folk Gods and Spirits of the Middle Kingdom

CHENG HUANG

Chinese Security Deities

Also known as Ch'eng-Huang, Chenghuang Shen, Chenghuangshen

Picture of the Chinese Security Deities Cheng Huang from our Chinese mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Protective City Gods in charge of buildings and bureaucracy

Every district has its own Cheng Huang to guard against earthquakes, cracked paving and other disasters.

A sort of building surveyor God, your local Cheng Huang probably has a desk at the Town or City Hall, but can only be contacted if your phone has a star key. In case of emergency, the Tu Di Repairs Team are standing by — waiting for someone to hand them the correct form.

As representatives of the Jade Emperor, they may seem unreachable and aloof, but they’re doing their best. It’s not easy keeping track of collapsed chimneys, abandoned bicycles, busted street lamps and potholes in the road. Especially at the weekend.

Like most Public Servant Gods in China, the Cheng Huang are sticklers for paperwork. All complaints and damage reports must be submitted on the correct form. Even departing souls are required to fill out a form before their journey to Heaven is expedited.

Cheng Huang Facts and Figures

Name: Cheng Huang
Pronunciation: Chhung Hwarng
Alternative names: Ch'eng-Huang, Chenghuang Shen, Chenghuangshen

Gender: Sorry, we don't know
Type: Deities
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Domestic Protection
Area of expertise: Security, Domestic Protection

Good/Evil Rating: NEUTRAL, may not care
Popularity index: 1705

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Article last revised on September 25, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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