Heng Jiang and Ha Jiang, both share the given name Jiang 将 (jiàng), so they are collectively known as Heng Ha Er Jiang (哼哈二将 hēng hā èr jiàng), where Er (二 èr) means two. So you could read the name as "the two Jiangs, Heng and Ha."

Heng and Ha are two feirce generals from Chinese mythology, first mentioned in the "Investiture of the Gods" (封神演义 fēng shén yǎn yì) written in the late 16th century and early 17th century.

In Buddhism, they guard entrances to monasteries and temples to avert negative forces and protect the inner sanctity of the premises. You will find their images and statues scattered around China at the entryway to many sacred places. 

Heng is shown with his mouth closed, pronouncing the word "Heng" and Ha is shown with his mouth wide open, prouncing the word "Ha." These two sounds represent the beginning and the end, the birth and death of all things. 

Moreover, Heng is able to capture the souls of his enemies by saying "Heng" and exhailing white beams from his nostrils. And Ha is able to do the same by saying "Ha" and exhailing yellow gas from his mouth. 

In some stories, Heng and Ha are assigned to protect Buddha himself.


Heng Ha Er Jiang  哼哈二将
(hēng hā èr jiàng)
Status: Gods/Deities
Gender: Male
Pronunciation: (audio file coming soon)
Best known for: Protecting Sacred Doors

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