Chu Jung

Chu Jung In Chinese legend, a deified mortal, nicknamed Ch’ih Ti (the red emperor), honored as the god of fire, which he taught men how to use. He is also regarded as the spirit of the Southern Sea. He helped break the link between heaven and earth and was appointed to keep men in their right positions in the established order. He is sometimes portrayed seated on or riding a tiger, or as an animal with a three-eyed human face, the extra eye in the center of his forehead. He is surrounded by his servants and fire symbols, a fiery serpent and a fire wheel—plus a pen and pad to list the places he intends to burn. He is invoked both to prevent and to cause fire.

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Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow– Copyright © 2009 by Anthony S. Mercatante

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