Chinese Mythology

The Folk Gods and Spirits of the Middle Kingdom

GUN

Chinese Earth God

Also known as Kun

Ancient Earth God of Flood Control, Dams and Heroic Attempts

An officer of Emperor Yao in the 23rd Century BC, Gun was given the task of controlling the Great Flood, which was more-or-less caused by the monster Gonggong. The job was made even harder when Gonggong’s evil pet serpent fought him tooth and claw.

He tried his very best by building dams of earth, but unfortunately used some Holy Soil which the King was rather keen on. As punishment, Zhurong, the God of Fire, was summoned to dispatch him — and so he died with the work incomplete.

But Heaven works in mysterious ways and from his dead body sprang Da Yu.

Because of his unceasing efforts in the face of intolerable opposition, Gun was elevated to the status of a god, while his son Da Yu finished off the job.

Gun Facts and Figures

Name: Gun
Pronunciation: Goon
Alternative names: Kun

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

In charge of: the Earth
Area of expertise: Earth

Good/Evil Rating: NEUTRAL, may not care
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Article last revised on April 20, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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