Lei Kung

Lei Kung

▪ Chinese Taoist deity
Pinyin  Lei Gong (Chinese: “Duke of Thunder”),  also called  Lei Shen 

      (“Thunder God”), Chinese Taoist deity who, when so ordered by heaven, punishes both earthly mortals guilty of secret crimes and evil spirits who have used their knowledge of Taoism to harm human beings. Lei Kung carries a drum and mallet to produce thunder and a chisel to punish evildoers.

      Lei Kung is depicted as a fearsome creature with claws, bat wings, and a blue body and wears only a loincloth. Temples dedicated to him are rare, but some persons do him special honour in the hope that he will take revenge on their personal enemies.

      Since Lei Kung's specialty is thunder, he has assistants capable of producing other types of heavenly phenomena. Tien Mu (“Mother of Lightning”), for example, uses flashing mirrors to send bolts of lightning across the sky. Yün T'ung (“Cloud Youth”) whips up clouds, and Yü-tzu (“Rain Master”) causes downpours by dipping his sword into a pot. Roaring winds rush forth from a type of goatskin bag manipulated by Feng Po (“Earl of Wind”), who was later transformed into Feng P'o P'o (“Madame Wind”). She rides a tiger among the clouds.

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