List of Chinese Gods
Revered cultural hero credited with creating the Chinese writing system
Cangjie (倉頡) is the legendary Chinese cultural hero credited with inventing the Chinese writing system. The official historian of the Yellow Emperor, he took inspiration from nature in devising his new method of recording information.View
Chinese goddess of the moon, best known for stealing the elixir of immortality
Chang’e (嫦娥) is the Chinese goddess of the moon, best known for stealing an elixir of immortality from her husband, Hou Yi. Her story is celebrated as part of the annual Mid-Autumn Festival.View
Chinese goddess and cosmic deity, mother of the Big Dipper constellation
Doumu (斗母), whose name means “Mother of the Big Dipper,” is one of Chinese mythology’s foundational deities. She is the female counterpart to Tian, the Daoist concept of male heavenly energy, and embodies mercy and love.View
The “Dragon King,” Chinese god of all waters, weather, and dragons.
Longwang (龍王) is the fierce Chinese guardian deity who rules over oceans and seas, the weather, and all other dragons. He can be ferociously aggressive, but is also a symbol of good luck.View
Legendary Chinese heroes who fight for justice and vanquish evil.
The Ba Xian (八仙), or Eight Immortals, are a legendary group of Chinese heroes who fight to vanquish evil. Their status as fabled folk icons makes them well-known in popular culture.View
Humanity’s original ancestor in Chinese mythology, husband of Nuwa
Fuxi (伏羲) is seen as mankind’s first male ancestor in Chinese mythology. Along with being a god of creation, he is revered as the inventor of fishing, writing, and domesticating animals.View
Benevolent Chinese goddess of mercy, called upon in times of suffering.
Guanyin (觀音) is the beloved Chinese goddess of mercy and compassion. All-seeing and all-hearing, she is characterized by her great benevolence and offers protection to those who are suffering.View
Legendary archer and Chinese hero, famous for shooting down nine suns
Hou Yi (后羿) is Chinese mythology’s greatest archer, who saved humanity by shooting down nine of the ten suns. He is married to the moon goddess Chang’e, who stole the elixir of immortality from him.View
The Supreme Ruler of Heaven in Chinese mythology, first emperor of China
The Jade Emperor (玉皇) is one of Chinese mythology’s most important and popular deities. He is considered to be the ruler of heaven, one of the highest ranking gods, and the very first of the Chinese emperors.View
The “Mad Monk,” Chinese folk hero and champion for the poor and oppressed
Ji Gong (濟公) was a monk and legendary Chinese folk hero. Rather unconventional for a Buddhist, he disavowed the ascetic life, yet his devotion granted him supernatural powers, including the ability to see the future.View
Chinese goddess of the sea, patron of sailors, fishermen, and travelers.
Mazu (媽祖) is the compassionate Chinese goddess of the sea, watching over sailors, fishermen, and travelers. Celebrated for her protective nature, she sends warnings of oncoming storms to those at risk.View
Fearsome Chinese door gods, guarding building occupants against demons
The Menshen (門神), or “door gods,” are a pair of Chinese deities who act as the guardians of thresholds. The two brothers protect the occupants of a building from demons and bad luck, feeding interlopers to their pet tigers.View
Precocious Chinese deity who protects teenagers, misfits, and drivers.
Nezha (哪吒) is a precocious young Chinese deity who watches over teenagers and professional drivers. Enraged by his father’s actions after his reincarnation, his eventual reconciliation with his parents is a classic example of filial piety.View
Chinese goddess who created all mankind, sister and wife to Fuxi
Nuwa (女媧) is a popular Chinese goddess associated with fertility and marriage. She created mankind in two different origin myths; once by shaping people out of clay, and once by repopulating the world after a flood.View
The first living being, an ancient Chinese deity who created the world.
Pangu (盤古) is an ancient Chinese deity considered to be the first living being and creator of the world. Emerging from an egg containing the entire cosmos, his birth released the universe.View
Imperial officials of sky, earth, and sea in Chinese mythology, who judge humanity.
The Sanguan Dadi (三官大帝) are three imperial Chinese officials overseeing the world under the command of the Jade Emperor. Each reports on their own realm—sky, earth, or sea—and rewards or punishes people appropriately.View
The “Farmer God,” patron of agriculture and father of traditional Chinese medicine.
Shennong (神農) is the founder of agriculture and the father of traditional Chinese medicine. Concerned for the health of his village, he experimented with different types of plants to test their effects on the body.View
The “Monkey King,” Chinese trickster god known for his impertinence
Sun Wukong (孫悟空) is the Chinese trickster god known as the Monkey King. Born from a magical rock, he was thrown out of the Jade Emperor’s court for his impertinence, but eventually achieved enlightenment.View
“Queen Mother of the West,” powerful Chinese goddess of life and death
Xiwangmu (西王母) is the powerful Chinese goddess married to the Jade Emperor, who tends to the Peaches of Immortality. Originally a demonic figure, she repented and achieved enlightenment, and presides over life and death.View
The King of Hell, overseer of the Chinese underworld and judge of the dead.
Yan Wang (閻王) is the King of Hell in Chinese mythology. A fearsome deity, he rules over all the other lords of the underworld and determines the punishments the dead must endure before their reincarnation.View
The “Demon Hunter,” a popular Chinese protector deity who fights ghosts
Zhong Kui (鍾馗) is a Chinese deity and folk hero who fights ghosts and hunts demons. He committed suicide after being stripped of honors due to his ugliness, but was granted supernatural abilities in the afterlife.View