About
Chinese God

Yu Shi

Yu Shi (雨師) is an ancient Chinese rain deity closely associated with the god of wind. Fearsome in appearance and rebellious by nature, he scatters rain from his earthenware pot.

By Mae Hamilton2 min read • Last updated on Nov. 22nd, 2021
  • Yu Shi is said to have a black face, to hold snakes in each of his hands, and to have different-colored snakes coming out of each ear.

  • Yu Shi used his powers to create first a fog, then a torrential downpour in the fight against the Yellow Emperor, only stopped by the goddess of droughts, Nüba.

Yu Shi (雨師) is an ancient Chinese rain deity who, according to Chinese mythology, works closely with the wind deity Feng Popo (風婆婆). Yu Shi’s name is comprised of the character’s for “rain,” yǔ (雨), and shī (師), which means “master,” translating literally to “rain master.”

#Mythology

According to legend, Yu Shi had a fearsome appearance with a black face, snakes in his fists, and snakes coming out from his ears. He was said to have ended a severe drought during the reign of Shennong (神農) by sprinkling rain over the land from his earthenware pot.

Yu Shi was also associated with Feng Popo, with whom he partnered to rebel against Huangdi (黃帝). Both Yu Shi and Feng Popo were both unhappy with the reign of Huangdi. The drought goddess, Nüba (女魃), who was a daughter of Huangdi, had defeated them.

#Pop Culture

Although he isn’t an incredibly popular deity in Chinese mythology, people still pray to Yu Shi in times of severe drought. This is particularly true for those living in Southern China.

More in Chinese Gods
Sun Wukong, the Monkey King (3:2)
Chinese God

Sun Wukong

The “Monkey King,” Chinese trickster god known for his impertinence

By Mae Hamilton  •  9 min read
Jade Emperor, Chinese Ruler of Heaven (3:2)
Chinese God

Jade Emperor

The Supreme Ruler of Heaven in Chinese mythology, first emperor of China

By Mae Hamilton  •  10 min read
Xiwangmu, Chinese Queen Mother of the West (3:2)
Chinese Goddess

Xiwangmu

“Queen Mother of the West,” powerful Chinese goddess of life and death

By Mae Hamilton  •  8 min read
Hou Yi, Legendary Chinese Archer (3:2)
Chinese Hero

Hou Yi

Legendary archer and Chinese hero, famous for shooting down nine suns

By Mae Hamilton  •  7 min read
Chang’e, Chinese Goddess of the Moon (3:2)
Chinese Goddess

Chang’e

Chinese goddess of the moon, best known for stealing the elixir of immortality

By Mae Hamilton  •  7 min read