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The Chinese Gods of Wealth. A lecture delivered at the School of Oriental Studies, University of London, on 26th March, 1925 by Basil M. Alexeiev, Professor of Chinese; Corresponding Member, Academy of Sciences, Asiatic Museum, Leningrad. Published by the School of Oriental Studies in conjunction with The China Society, 1928.


The worship of Gods of Wealth is not only one of the most interesting of Chinese cults but is also one of those best illustrated by the popular pictures which are on sale every New Year, that being the time when special honour is paid to Gods of Wealth as well as to other gods in the Chinese pantheon. The God of Wealth is called Ts'ai Shen, of which the English rendering is an exact translation. He is not the only god called after the gift he bestows; there are Yao Wang, God of Healing, Huo Shen, God of Fire, Men Shen, the Door Gods, and a host of others…

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