Chinese Mythology

The Folk Gods and Spirits of the Middle Kingdom

YUQIANG

Chinese Sea God

Also known as YU-QIANG, YU-CH'IANG, Yujiang, Yujing

God of the Oceans and the Ocean Winds

Once upon a long time ago, there were five islands for the immortals. These were not anchored to the Earth and floated freely, but they kept bumping into China.

The Gods were not too happy with having their joss sticks jostled and moaned to the Jade Emperor. Yuqiang was ordered to tether the islands to a team of turtles, who could take it in turns to bear their weight.

Then there was some hassle with a giant, who caught and ate most of the turtles, causing two of the islands to sink. Only one is left, but we don’t know where it is.

As God of Sea Breezes, Yuqiang has a bird body with human face and appendages, but when the God of Seawater he rides on two dragons and something fishy happens, turning him into a whale.

When angry he turns back into a giant bird, although this should exclude him from tying turtles to islands because, in our opinion, the turtles would be scared witless.

Yuqiang Facts and Figures

Name: Yuqiang
Pronunciation: Yoo Chee-yeng
Alternative names: YU-QIANG, YU-CH'IANG, Yujiang, Yujing

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

In charge of: the Ocean
Area of expertise: Sea, Seas, Ocean, Oceans

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 1448

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