Chinese Mythology

The Folk Gods and Spirits of the Middle Kingdom

LEIZU

Chinese Craft Goddess

Also known as Lei-Tsu, Lei Zu, Xi Lingshi, Hsi Ling-shih

Picture of the Chinese Craft Goddess Leizu from our Chinese mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Goddess of Silk and Silkworms

The wife of super-inventive Huangdi, she was not going to sit around playing with his silly wheels and magnets when there was important Godly work to be done.

She had discovered the secret of making silk, after finding a silkworm, a cocoon and a mulberry bush in a compromising position. From there it was a short step to silk farms, major industry and the famous Silk Road.

Leizu Facts and Figures

Name: Leizu
Pronunciation: Lay Dzoo
Alternative names: Lei-Tsu, Lei Zu, Xi Lingshi, Hsi Ling-shih

Gender: Female
Type: Goddess
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Crafts and Making
Area of expertise: Crafts

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 817

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Article last revised on April 21, 2019 by the Godchecker data dwarves.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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