God of the right hand doorway

Door Guardian (Men-Shen) - Chinese

God of the right hand doorway

    The Men-Shen are gods of the right and left hand doorways.
They were named after Yu Che and Chhin Shu-pao, two generals of the Emperor Tia-tsung.
This emperor unwisely promised to save a dragon from being beheaded after it had made a mistake when allocating the rainfall. He failed to keep his word and in revenge the ghost of the dragon made such a commotion at the portals of his palace that his two generals, Yu Che and Chhln Shu-pao volunteered to guard each doorway. The ghost of the dragon was driven away from the front only to return and lay siege to the back, which in turn was guarded by Wei Cheng, one of the Emperor's ministers.
The ghost eventually left, but from then on the guardians have been depicted on outside doors.
The Men-Shen who guard the front of the house are portrayed as two warriors armed with maces, bows and arrows. The god of the right hand doorway is either black or red featured whilst the god of the left hand doorway is white.
The origins of the Men-Shen were derived from an earlier couple, Shen Shu and Yu Lei. They were guardians who prevented ghosts from escaping out of Hell and haunting the living.

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