Chinese Mythology

The Folk Gods and Spirits of the Middle Kingdom


Chinese Water Demon

Also known as Gong Gong, Kung-Kung

Terrible Water Demon of Bad Floods

Going, going, gong... He’s a blundering evil black dragon type who was sick of performing menial tasks in Heaven. He foolishly challenged Zhurong, the Heavenly God of Fire, to a fight. They battled furiously for days and then fell out of Heaven, still throwing punches.

Upon hitting the Earth, Gonggong was much the worse for wear and Zhurong, claiming victory, ascended to Heaven for a lap of honor.

Gonggong was so humiliated at this defeat that he decided to kill himself by head-butting one of the pillars of Heaven. This had the desired effect, but also ripped a great hole in the firmament, causing the Great Flood which devastated Earth.

It was up to Nu Gua to put things right, but even she couldn’t undo all the damage. The very Heavens were tipped sideways, and that’s why the Pole Star is no longer quite in the center of the night sky. Such vandalism.

Gonggong Facts and Figures

Name: Gonggong
Pronunciation: Gorng Gorng
Alternative names: Gong Gong, Kung-Kung

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

In charge of: Water
Area of expertise: Water

Good/Evil Rating: NEUTRAL, may not care
Popularity index: 8915

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Article last revised on April 20, 2019 by the Godchecker data dwarves.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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