Chinese Mythology

The Folk Gods and Spirits of the Middle Kingdom


Chinese Thunder God

Also known as Lei-Kung

Picture of the Chinese Thunder God Lei Gong from our Chinese mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

The Thunder God Dragon

One of the Long Wang.

He has blue-green skin, fangs, and rides in a chariot pulled by six boys. He’s also very noisy. But he doesn’t create thunder by roaring or growling. Not him. His ear-splitting bangs are made with a hammer and chisel. We hope that doesn’t spoil the magic for you.

His wife Tian Mu creates the lightning, and their son Leizhenzi was born after Lei Gong caused a thunderclap to crack open an egg. So be on your guard if you’re ever making omelets during a storm.

Lei Gong Facts and Figures

Name: Lei Gong
Pronunciation: Lay Gorng
Alternative names: Lei-Kung

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

In charge of: Thunder
Area of expertise: Thunder

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 6156

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

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