Guan Yu

Guan Yu, also called Guan Kung or Wu Di (emperor of kung-fu), is truly the Chinese god of warriors. 

Guan Yu lived in the third century AD during the era of Three Kingdoms.  “San Kuo Yen Yi”, a novel written in the Ming Dynasty, describes clearly how Guan Yu met Liu Pei and Chang Fei in the peach orchard and swore to remain as brothers forever.  These three friends faithfully undertook their oath of loyalty until death.  In the story, Guan Yu is portrayed as an omnipotent hero who followed his master, Liu Pei, devotedly in spite of all difficulties. 

Guan Yu was captured and executed in AD 219, but his fame continued to grow as rulers conferred successively greater titles upon him and folklores romanticized him as a god of justice. Thousands of temples were constructed, each bearing the title Wu Miao (Warrior Temple) or Wu Sheng Miao (God of Warrior Temple).

It is generally believed that Guan Yu possesses control over evil spirits and even actors playing his role share part of his power.  Adored by soldiers for his strength, Guan Yu is also worshiped by various trades and professions for his faithfulness towards his master.   

   Ming Dynasty  Large Wood Carving of Guan Yu H. 30"




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