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Taoist Pantheon

Here is a collection of articles introducing deities in the Taoist Pantheon.
This is a WIP as we add more articiles into the list.

Kindly note that we adopt a broad defination of "Taoism" as some of the deities can be considered as Buddhist but also worshipped by Taoists.

The first section is a random list. If you are looking for a specific deity, please use the list of deities in alphabetical order.


mazuMazu 妈祖 , Mazu titles &
list of Mazu temples
Mazu, sea goddess, Empress of Heaven, protector of people related to sea activities and guardian of overseas Chinese.

guan gongGuan Gong 关帝 &
list of Guan Gong temples
Guan Gong, one of the most respective deities and the embodiment of loyalty, righteous, bravery and benevolence (忠义勇仁).

long weiSaint Long Wei, 龙尾圣王
He Ye Yun, an anti-Mongol leader who lived in Teochew after being defeated by the Ming Emperor Hong Wu. He served the Teochews and after his passing, he was remembered by Teowchews as Saint Long Wei.

god of wealthGod of Wealth 财神
The God of Wealth who can bless people with luck, wealth and economic opportunities. Very commonly seen during the Chinese New Year period in posters, as toys and new year decorations.

gay rabbit templeGay Rabbit God 兔儿神
A Deity in charged of love between same sex couple. A counter part to Yue Lao, old man under the moon.

Three Loyal Kings of the Song Dynasty
大宋三忠王

Three loyal ministers of the Song who fought to the end against the Mongol army.

 


yue lao old man under the moonOld Man Under the moon月老
The deity in charged of marriage - match maker deity. Temples are dedicated to him and devotees ask for help in their search for love.

nine emperor godsNine Emperor Gods 九皇大帝
The worship of the 9 stars around the Big dipper who are children of female deity, Dou Mu, 斗母.

fu lu shouFu Lu Shou, 福禄寿
The three stars representing the most important aspirations that all humans from emperors to common people hope for.

guan yinGuan Yin, 观音
Guan Yin, 观音, or Avalokiteśvara is one of the most popular and well known female goddess in Asia and probably in the world. Guan Yin is the Bodhisattva of Great Compassion in Mahayana Buddhism and also worshiped by Taoists.

monkey godMonkey God, 齐天大圣
The Monkey God is one of the most popular Taoist deities and many of his adventures are recorded in Journey to the West.

8 immortals in tainan grand atsu templeEight Immortals, 八仙
One of the most popular group of deities in Taoism and symbolism of egalitarian nature of Taoism.

 


 

 

 

 

 


List of Taoist Deities in alphabetical order

Eight Immortals, 八仙
Gay Rabbit God 兔儿神

God of Wealth 财神
Guan Gong 关帝 & list of Guan Gong temples
Guan Yin, 观音
Mazu 妈祖 & list of Mazu temples
Monkey God, 齐天大圣
Nine Emperor Gods 九皇大帝
Old Man Under the moon 月老
Saint Long Wei, 龙尾圣王

 

 

 


 

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