Chinese Mythology

The Folk Gods and Spirits of the Middle Kingdom

HENGJIANG

Chinese Protection God

Also known as Heng, General Heng, Zheng Lun, Cheng-Lun

General Heng has a nose for security

He’s a fierce-looking spirit general who guards doorways and gates. Hengjiang — popularly known as General Heng — has an amazing secret weapon. He can dispatch deadly laser beams from his nostrils.

This is all due to his Tai Chi breathing practice — breathe in hard enough and you too could blast lasers from your nose.

With all these abilities, he was conscripted by Heaven to serve as a minder to protect Buddha. Why the great Enlightened One should need protection in Heaven makes us wonder.

Apart from these Heavenly duties, General Heng spends most of his time propping up doorways with his colleague Hajiang. These two deities are the Door Gods known as Heng Ha Er Jiang.

They not only protect entrances but are also used to deter vandals from desecrating shrines. No sensible vandal would wish to risk attack by a nasal laser. Or, as we prefer to call it, a naser.

Hengjiang Facts and Figures

Name: Hengjiang
Pronunciation: Harng
Alternative names: Heng, General Heng, Zheng Lun, Cheng-Lun

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

In charge of: Protection
Area of expertise: Protection

Good/Evil Rating: NEUTRAL, may not care
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Article last revised on April 20, 2019 by the Godchecker data dwarves.
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