Chinese Mythology

The Folk Gods and Spirits of the Middle Kingdom


Chinese Butchery God

Also known as Fan K'uai

A meaty deity for hungry warriors

He is really butch — a mighty warrior and superlative general. But he started off as a guy selling dog meat.

Fan Kuai was a real mortal who lived in the second century BC and ran a business as a dog skinner. Well, one thing led to another, and suddenly he was a top-ranking general with a stack of military campaigns under his belt and as many medals as he could command someone to carry. That’s how it is in the butchery trade — excellent prospects for promotion if you are good at slaughter.

Oddly enough, he was eventually deified, but not as a God of War or Combat. Nope. He was promoted to God of Butchers. Are the Celestial Gastronomy Selection Committee barking mad?

We just hope Fan Kuai is managing to keep all that juicy meat fresh on the battlefield — the last thing you want is some bacteria demon infesting your beef chow mein.

Fan Kuai Facts and Figures

Name: Fan Kuai
Pronunciation: Farn Kway
Alternative names: Fan K'uai

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

In charge of: Butchers, Slaughterers and Meat Sellers
Area of expertise: Butchers, Butchery, Meat, Slaughter

Good/Evil Rating: NEUTRAL, may not care
Popularity index: 4000

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

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