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Zhang Xian

by Micha F. Lindemans
"Chang the Immortal". In popular Chinese belief, Zhang Xian bestows male offspring. As a rule, he is accompanied by his son who carries in his arm the boy-child whom Zhang Xian bestows on those who believe in him. Sometimes Song-zi niang-niang can be found in his company too. The Hound of Heaven (Tian-gou), against whom he protects children, is frequently shown by his side.

He is usually depicted as an old man aiming a drawn bow at Heaven.


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  • Also known as:
    Chang Hsien

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