Chinese Mythology

The Folk Gods and Spirits of the Middle Kingdom

SONG JIANG

Chinese Theft God

Also known as SUNG-CHIANG

Picture of the Chinese Theft God Song Jiang from our Chinese mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

God of Thieves and Whistleblowers

Who says crime doesn’t pay? After breaking every law imaginable, he went straight to Diyu, the Chinese Hell. Yanluo Wang, the God of Death, was shocked at his blatant naughtiness and booked him into every torture chamber available.

But then Song Jiang spoke up. “You may think I was evil, but all the bureaucrats in my province are ten times worse. I was only following their example.” He then proceeded to give names, places and dates.

This evidence convicted many high-ranking officials and filled Diyu’s punishment zone to overflowing. The Gods were most pleased, gave him a free pardon and elevated him to deity status.

Thus by becoming an informant and supergrass, he scammed his way into the job he now holds. The perfect crime.

Song Jiang Facts and Figures

Name: Song Jiang
Pronunciation: Sorng Jee-yeng
Alternative names: SUNG-CHIANG

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

In charge of: Thieves and Robbers
Area of expertise: Thieves, Theft

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 1257

Cite this article

Here's the info you need to cite this page. Just copy the text in the box below.

Article last revised on May 16, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

Permissions page