Chinese Mythology

The Folk Gods and Spirits of the Middle Kingdom

SANXING

Chinese Good Luck Gods

Also known as SAN-HSING, Three Immortals, San Xing

The Three Gods of Good Fortune, Happiness and Wealth

Good things come in threes when China gets going. Their name means ‘Three Stars’, and they are the starry-eyed stellar Gods who bring luck and wealth. Their names are Fuxing (God of Luck), Luxing (God of Wealth), and Shouxing (God of Long Life). If you want to find them, it’s easy. Just look for the three stars of Orion’s Belt.

The Sanxing are symbolically attended by stags, bats and cranes, which denote their respective qualities. You’ll find these on many a calendar at your local Chinese restaurant. This may seem a bit of a Chinese puzzle, but just about every animal in China is a symbol for something (see Sì Xiàng).

The modern Feng Shui movement has claimed these three Gods for its own. A bewildering array of Sanxing merchandise is available to cure all known ills, making them also the Three Gods of New Age Gift Stores

Sanxing Facts and Figures

Name: Sanxing
Pronunciation: Sarn Sheeng
Alternative names: SAN-HSING, Three Immortals, San Xing

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

In charge of: Good Luck
Area of expertise: Good Fortune

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 1110

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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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