Chinese Mythology

The Folk Gods and Spirits of the Middle Kingdom

FUXING

Chinese Good Luck God

Also known as Fu Xing, Fu-Hsing, Yang Cheng

Picture of the Chinese Good Luck God Fuxing from our Chinese mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Lucky Star God of the San-Xing

A God of Happiness and Good Luck, he’s bright and cheery with boundless optimism. Highly recommended.

The legend tells that Emperor Wu Di (502-550 AD) was besotted with midgets. When news came that the district of Dazhou was absolutely packed with tiny people, he was delighted. (Why this place should be so rich in midgets has never been adequately explained.)

The imperious Emperor ordered that all midgets be taken from their families and brought to the Imperial Court. There they would be forced to serve as his clowns like some oriental premonition of the Munchkins.

Everyone in Dazhou was heartbroken, especially the mothers of the midgets. But Yang Cheng, the Governor of Dazhou, was a kind-hearted soul and, risking his very life, wrote a forceful petition to the Emperor asking him to please leave off.

Instead of the instant death such impudence had earned him, Yang Cheng was granted his request by the abashed Emperor. The midgets and their mothers were so grateful, they bowed down and worshiped him... and lo! he became Fuxing, the God of Happiness and Disasters Averted.

Now he sits up in the sky as the planet Jupiter, granting wishes to those he deems worthy. As well as the other Sanxing, he also hangs out with Guo Ziyi, another unexpected Happiness God.

Fuxing Facts and Figures

Name: Fuxing
Pronunciation: Foo Sheeng
Alternative names: Fu Xing, Fu-Hsing, Yang Cheng

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

In charge of: Good Luck
Area of expertise: Good Fortune
Associated with: Jupiter

Good/Evil Rating: NEUTRAL, may not care
Popularity index: 1631

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Article last revised on April 21, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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