Chinese Mythology

The Folk Gods and Spirits of the Middle Kingdom

WEN CHANG

Daoist Literature God

Also known as WEN CH'ANG, Wenchang Wang

Picture of the Chinese Literature God Wen Chang from our Chinese mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

God of Literature

The Daoist God of Books and Writing. But only in Chinese.

He started out as Zhang Ya Zi, a Zhou Dynasty sage who could predict the future and perform great transformations. With his superior knowledge of The Way (Dao), he was elevated to Heaven and now sits enthroned in the Big Dipper (Plough).

Wen Chang is also a God of Education and Learning, helping students and blessing schools. It’s easy to get on his good side: all you need to do is love books.

His attendants Kui Xing and Zhuyi stand beside him in the Heavenly hot seat. One is deaf and the other is mute, so try and get a direct line.

Wen Chang Facts and Figures

Name: Wen Chang
Pronunciation: Wun Ccharng
Alternative names: WEN CH'ANG, Wenchang Wang

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

In charge of: Words and Writing
Area of expertise: Writing, Literature, Words

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 1442

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Article last revised on April 22, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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