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Tu-di

by Micha F. Lindemans
A Chinese patron god of a certain small area. Each public building, street and district has its own Tu-di who keeps a record in which he writes the lives and deaths of the inhabitants 1. Sometimes these functions are delegated to famous historical personalities. A Tu-di is subordinate to a city god (Cheng-huang), but their responsibilities are the same. Rich harvests depend on the good will of the Tu-di.

1. For this reason, they must be informed of all deaths; when someone dies, weeping women visit the temple or shrine of the deity and present incense and paper money.

The name of Tu-di in traditional Chinese format.
The name of Tu-di in traditional Chinese format.


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  • Also known as:
    T'u-ti

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