Chi U

Huang Ti, the Yellow Emperor, unified China and taught the arts of civilization. Not everyone wanted to learn. Chi U is the chief of the Chinese shamanic pantheon replaced by Huang Ti. Armies of spirits fought a terrible apocalyptic battle. Huang Ti was ultimately victorious. The battle ended when Chi U was decapitated and his head hung from a gate. Images of the head of Chi U serve as talismans to ward off and banish malicious and evil spirits.




Chi U may have the face of a man or a Demon. He wears a horned helmet and is clad in armor and/or a tiger skin (emblematic of East Asian shamanism).

Sacred day:

Chi U presides over the fifth day of the fifth Chinese lunar month, the day most associated with harmful spirits and venomous creatures. It’s considered the most auspicious time for acquiring and posting Chi U’s image. (It’s also the time you’re most likely to find the best selection.)


Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses– Written by Judika Illes Copyright © 2009 by Judika Illes.

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