Chinese Mythology

The Folk Gods and Spirits of the Middle Kingdom

TIANGOU

Chinese Transformation Spirit

Also known as T'ien-kou, Tian Gou, Heavenly Dog, Celestial Dog

The white-headed Celestial Dog

He has 72 different transmogrifications at his command to drive away evil spirits. They say every dog has its day, but this one has ‘dog of the day’ days every day.

We understand he appears in the sky when a baby boy is due to be born. Zhang Xian, the God of Birth, can fire an arrow at him upon request. This ensures that “it’s a boy!”

Tiangou Facts and Figures

Name: Tiangou
Pronunciation: Tee-yen Goo
Alternative names: T'ien-kou, Tian Gou, Heavenly Dog, Celestial Dog

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

In charge of: Transformation
Area of expertise: Transformation

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Article last revised on April 21, 2019 by the Godchecker data dwarves.
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