Chinese Mythology

The Folk Gods and Spirits of the Middle Kingdom


Chinese Underworld God

Also known as King Wuguan, Lü Wuguan, Wu-Kuan-Wang, Wu-Kwan-Wang, Wuguan Wang

Ruler of the Pool of Blood

Ruler of the Fourth Court of Diyu, the Chinese Hell.

He runs Black Pool Hell (which has nothing to do with the seaside resort of Blackpool in England — at least, as far as we know). ‘Black’ in this case means the dark red of freshly congealed blood.

This is where forgers, counterfeiters and cheats end up. Tax evaders, false vendors and people who write warranties for electrical goods also get punished here.

Punishment varies according to crime, with cheats being clobbered with hammers and dodgy Ebay merchants getting the full crush-to-a-pulp treatment.

The Pool of Blood is always hungry, so Wuguan Wang also takes care of family matters. Disrespectful daughters and rude sons are mashed into their component parts with great gusto.

This is also the place of the terrible Bee Torture. We can probably leave that one to your imagination.

Wuguan Wang Facts and Figures

Name: Wuguan Wang
Pronunciation: Woo Goo-arn Warng
Alternative names: King Wuguan, Lü Wuguan, Wu-Kuan-Wang, Wu-Kwan-Wang, Wuguan Wang

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

In charge of: the Underworld
Area of expertise: Underworld

Good/Evil Rating: NEUTRAL, may not care
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Article last revised on September 25, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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