Legend of the Nine Emperor Gods

The Nine Emperor Gods (called “Jiu Wang Ye 九王爷” in Singapore and Malaysia) actually refer to the “Jiu Huang Da Di 九皇大帝” (The Nine Great Emperors) in the Taoist deities system (Taoist Patheon).

Nine Emperor Gods

The birth of the Nine Emperors happened to be on the 9th of September in the Chinese Lunar Calendar, and this day was often celebrated as the festival of “Jiu Huang 九皇” by the Taoists in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong and Indonesia.

The Nine Emperor Gods are very often known as “Bei Dou Jiu Xing 北斗九星” (9 North Star Plough Gods), since they are Gods of the stars or planets. Their mother, “Dou Mu Yuan Jun 斗母元君” (Mother North Star), is also the Mother of Stars.***

The Nine Emperor Gods consist of the following:

1. “Gou Chen Tian Huang Da Di 勾陈天皇大帝” (Vega Star)

2. “Bei Ji Zhi Wei Da Di 北极紫微大帝” (Polaris Star)

3. The 7 Northern Constellation Stars (called “Bei Dou Qi Xing 北斗七星”):
a. “Tan Lang 贪狼”
b. “Ju Meng 巨门”
c. “Lu Chun 禄存”
d. “Wen Qu 文曲”
e. “Lian Zhen 廉贞”
f. “Wu Qu 武曲”
g. “Po Jun 破军”

7 Northern Constellation Stars

The origin of the Nine Emperor Gods can be traced back to the Taoist worship of the Northern constellation during Qin and Han Dynasty (北斗崇祀). Actually, the observation and worshipping of stars had already been present among the public before Taoism was founded during Han Dynasty.

As Taoism was developed during Han Dynasty, it began to absorb this practice of worshipping the stars and began to deitify them as Gods.

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九皇大帝是指 “北斗九星”,因为是此星座的神灵。 他们的母亲是斗母元君,是此星座的母亲。

1. “勾陈天皇大帝” (Vega Star)
2. “北极紫微大帝” (Polaris Star)
3. The 7 Northern Constellation Stars (北斗七星):
a. “贪 狼”
b. “巨 门”
c. “禄 存”
d. “文 曲”
e. “廉 贞”
f. “武 曲”
g. “破 军”

7 Northern Constellation Stars



*** Legend of Goddess of the North Star “Dou Mu Yuan Jun 斗母元君”

Goddess Dou Mu is also known as the Goddess of the North Star. She occupies a similar position to that of Kuan Yin the Buddhist bodhisattva. Goddess Dou Mu is credited with the attainment of all the heavenly mysteries. Only she alone among the Taoist gods was permitted to pass between the region of the moon and the sun. Goddess Dou Mu is the mother of the Nine Emperor Gods.

Dou Mu Yuan Jun

Goddess Dou Mu is the keeper of the book of life and death, and those seeking good health and longevity often pray to her. Devotees of Goddess Dou Mu and the Nine Emperor Gods observe vegetarianism throughout the nine days of the Nine Emperor Gods Festival from the first day to the ninth day of the nine month of the Chinese Lunar Calendar.

Source: HERE

2 thoughts on “Legend

  1. 优德 says:

    你若要喜爱你自己的价值,你就得给世界创造价值。 ——歌德

  2. Tony heng says:

    sabbe sabbtha bahvattu,
    iam tony heng, actually i admire of dou mu niang2 & 9 emperors god,
    i was told by my parents about the name only from my parents, so i just known the name and the story from this site.. thanx
    But my curiosity makes me plage and wants to know much about the legend and how to worships them..
    if it kindnessly send me often bout that.. thanx
    yours admire,

    tony heng

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