Nanhaishen – God of the South China Sea

This coming week sees the celebration of the birth of Chinese 海神(“Hai Shen”) or god of the sea, which falls on the 11th to 13th day of the second lunar month. So I am writing about the wonderful Nanhaishen (literally “God of the South China Sea”) Temple on the outskirts of Guangzhou, a hidden treasure I discovered on my last visit back. In fact, Chinese sea gods still inspire Western culture today.


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The Chinese God of Thunder

Nowadays rarely does a deity become hot topic, like Thor has, with the aid of Marvel and Hollywood blockbusters. In Chinese Thor is called 雷神 (“Lei Shen”) or God of Thunder. It is no wonder that the Thor movies have proved popular in China, as the Chinese have long had their own deity of Thunder.


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