Chinese Gods

The gods and goddesses of the ancient Chinese.

Major Deities

These are the major deities of the Chinese pantheon

  • Jade Emperor

    One of the most important and popular figures in Chinese mythology, the Jade Emperor (玉皇) is the supreme ruler of Heaven and the first emperor of China. Despite his vast power, the Jade Emperor’s most prominent traits are his benevolence, fairness, and mercy. During the New Year, the Jade Emperor is said to judge the character of each individual over the past year and punish or reward them accordingly.

  • Xiwangmu

    One of the most powerful goddesses in the Chinese pantheon, Xiwangmu (西王母), or Queen Mother of the West, is an ancient deity that holds power over life and death. As the wife of the Jade Emperor, Xiwangmu tends to the Peaches of Immortality and serves as a guardian to all Taoist women. She also played a key role in giving human emperors the Mandate of Heaven.

  • Chang’e

    The beautiful goddess of the moon, Chang’e (嫦娥) is a Chinese deity known for stealing the elixir of immortality from her husband Hou Yi. Her story plays a pivotal role in the annual Mid-Autumn Festival and remains popular to this day.

  • Hou Yi

    In Chinese mythology, Hou Yi (后羿) is considered to be the greatest archer of all time. While he is perhaps best known for shooting down nine of the ten suns and saving the earth, he is also known as one of China's original star-crossed lovers alongside his wife Chang’e (嫦娥).

Minor Deities

A list of the minor Chinese deities