Chinese Mythology

The Folk Gods and Spirits of the Middle Kingdom


Chinese Water Spirits

Also known as Lung

Picture of the Chinese Water Spirits Long from our Chinese mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Chinese dragons!

One of the Four Holy Animals of Chinese Mythology (Sì Xiàng), the Dragon is in charge of scaly animals like fish and reptiles, and also rules the East.

Chinese Dragon spirits are very powerful and popular, being much more friendly than their counterparts in the West. They are benevolent and always willing to offer help if requested in the correct manner.

Everyone knows what a Chinese Dragon looks like, but they’re not lacking in versatility or imagination. They can have a camel’s head with stag antlers, a snake neck, clam body, carp scales, eagle talons and tiger legs.

Being in charge of water and rain, the Long can dribble themselves into dewdrops or come in floods. In China dragons are more like spirits than fabulous beasts, and we have generally identified them as such in our Holy Database.

There are several important groups of royal dragons, including the Celestial Dragon Kings and the four Ocean Dragon Kings who rule the seas. For more info on the Dragon Kings, drag yourself over to our Long Wang entry.

Long Facts and Figures

Name: Long
Pronunciation: Lorng Warng
Alternative names: Lung

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

In charge of: Water
Area of expertise: Water

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 6958

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

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