Dragon and White Tiger
functions discharged by Hêng and Ha at the gates of
Buddhist temples are in Taoist temples discharged by Blue
Dragon and White Tiger.
former, the Spirit of the Blue Dragon Star, was Têng
Chiu-kung, one of the chief generals of the last emperor of
the Yin dynasty. He had a son named Têng Hsiu, and a
daughter named Ch’an-yü.
army of Têng Chiu-kung was camped at San-shan Kuan, when he
received orders to proceed to the battle then taking place
at Hsi Ch’i. There, in standing up to No-cha and Huang
Fei-hu, he had his left arm broken by the former’s magic
bracelet, but, fortunately for him, his subordinate, T’u
Hsing-sun, a renowned magician, gave him a remedy which
quickly healed the fracture.
daughter then came on the scene to avenge her father. She
had a magic weapon, the Five-fire Stone, which she hurled
full in the face of Yang Chien. But the Immortal was not
wounded; on the other hand, his celestial dog jumped at
Ch’an-yü and bit her neck, so that she was obliged to
flee. T’u Hsing-sun, however, healed the wound.
a banquet, Têng Chiu-kung promised his daughter in marriage
to T’u Hsing-sun if he would gain him the victory at Hsi
Ch’i. Chiang Tzŭ-ya then persuaded T’u’s magic
master, Chü Liu-sun, to call his disciple over to his camp,
where he asked him why he was fighting against the new
dynasty. “Because,” he replied, “Chiu-kung has
promised me his daughter in marriage as a reward of
success.” Chiang Tzŭ-ya thereupon promised to obtain
the bride, and sent a force to seize her. As a result of the
fighting that ensued, Chiu-kung was beaten, and retreated in
confusion, leaving Ch’an-yü in the hands of the victors.
During the next few days the marriage was celebrated with
great ceremony in the victor’s camp. According to custom,
the bride returned for some days to her father’s house,
and while there she earnestly exhorted Chiu-kung to submit.
Following her advice, he went over to Chiang Tzŭ-ya’s
the ensuing battles he fought valiantly on the side of his
former enemy, and killed many famous warriors, but he was
eventually attacked by the Blower, from whose mouth a column
of yellow gas struck him, throwing him from his steed. He
was made prisoner, and executed by order of General Ch’iu
Yin. Chiang Tzŭ-ya conferred on him the kingdom of the
Blue Dragon Star.
Spirit of the White Tiger Star is Yin Ch’êng-hsiu. His
father, Yin P’o-pai, a high courtier of the tyrant Chou
Wang, was sent to negotiate peace with Chiang Tzŭ-ya,
but was seized and put to death by Marquis Chiang Wên-huan.
His son, attempting to avenge his father’s murder, was
pierced by a spear, and his head was cut off and carried in
triumph to Chiang Tzŭ-ya.
compensation he was, though somewhat tardily, canonized as
the Spirit of the White Tiger Star