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Wu Guan Wang, or King Wu Guan, resides in the Forth Court of Di Yu (地狱 dì yù), where he passes judgement on the souls (魂 hún) that are brought to his domain.

The Forth Court of Di Yu is located under the Wo Jiao Stone (沃焦石 wò jiāo shí) that marks true east, which in-turn is located at the bottom of the Great Sea. The Second Court is said to be 800 leagues long and wide, and has 16 additional "sub" Di Yu. 

As the Yama of the Second Court, Chu Jiang Wang passes judgement on souls that have been sent to him by Qin Guang Wang (秦广王 qín guǎng wáng). These souls will have committed crimes of the following nature in their previous life on Earth - also known as the Yang Realm (阳间 yáng jiān):

1. Tax evasion.

2. People who don't pay their rent.

3. Business owners who swindle their customers by, for example, weighing goods in a heavy container to increase the net weight, then transferring the goods to a lighter container upon sale.

4. Selling fake medicine in place of real medicine, thus worsening the patients' illness.

5. Selling rice that has already been soaked in water as "quality rice," making, selling and trading counterfeit goods.

6. Using fake silver (money) to purchase goods or services.

Wu Guan Wang 五官王 
(wǔ guān wáng)
Status: God/Deity
Gender: Male
Pronunciation: (audio file coming soon)
Best known for: Presides over the 4th Court of Di Yu

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7. Operate or sell goods, or services, that are oriented around sex.

8. A person that does not immediately give way or give up their seat when they encounter an elderly person or young child on the road that is frail.

9. Secretely defraud unwitting people, like the old and young, or hard-working people, of their money.

10. A person that is entrusted by someone else to deliver an important family letter who doesn't do it as fast as they can.

11. A person that steals bricks or stones from the street, lights and candles, or other public items that are used to illuminate the night, and create traffic hazards.

12. A poor person that is not content with their current situation and covets riches. 

13. An unkind rich person that does not show pity to the old or poor, and doesn't partake in charitable acts.

14. A person that promises to lend someone money, however, when the time comes, they do not, thus negatively impacting the would-be borrowers' affairs. 

15. A person with sufficient medicine at home that does not offer it to a person in need.

16. A person with access to a medicine with sufficient efficacy that does not share their formula or teach others how to make it.

17. A person that throws rubbish on the ground.

18. A person that rears donkeys, horses, or similar animals, for no reason, and does not care for them properly, leaving their urine and feces unattended thus disrupting others and their environment.

19. A person with land they can no longer cultivate that does not rent or sell said land to another to be put to good use and purposefully leaves the land barren and abandoned.

20. A person that damages a wall that belongs to someone else.

21. A person that uses curses and spells to summon ghosts and ridicule people.

22. A person that makes up stories just to frighten people.

Depending on the severity of each individual crime they committed, the soul will go through 1, many, or all of the 16 sub Di Yu that reside within the Forth Court. Each of the 16 Di Yu are named after the torture method that is used within. The souls are tortured in each sub Di Yu for a period of time that the Yama judges to be necessary. Should they "die" during the process, or if they lose a limb for example, the soul will be "repaired" or "resurrected" again for the next round. And so on, and so forth, untitl their sentence is deemed complete.

Below is the name of each sub Di Yu roughly translated, in chronological order:

  1. Cesspool 泵池 (bèng chí)
  2. Sharpened Bamboo Sticks 炼竹签 (liàn zhú qiān)
  3. Boiled Soup Pour [on] Hands 沸汤浇手 (fèi tāng jiāo shǒu)
  4. Pour Liquid [over] Palmer Surface 掌面流液 (zhǎng miàn liú yè)
  5. Snap Tendons and Pick Out Bones 断筋剔骨 (duàn jīn tī gǔ)
  6. Restrict Shoulders and Scrape Skin 堰肩刷皮 (yàn jiān shuā pí)
  7. Trample Skin 踹肤 (chuài fū)
  8. Squat [over a] Peak 蹲峰 (dūn fēng)
  9. Solid Iron Garment 铁衣 (tiě yī)
  10. Wood, Stone and Earth Tile Pressure/Squeeze 木石土瓦压 (mù shí tǔ wǎ yā)
  11. Destroy Eyes 戮眼 (lù yǎn)
  12. Fly Ash Stuffed [into] Mouth 飞灰塞口 (fēi huī sāi kǒu)
  13. Pour In Medicine 灌药 (guàn yào)
  14. Slide/Fall [into] Oily Beans 油豆滑跌 (yóu dòu huá diē)
  15. Stab Mouth 刺嘴 (cì zuǐ)
  16. Bury In Rubble 碎石埋身 (suì shí mái shēn)


Some of the torture methods include being stabbed with sharpened bamboo sticks, having your shoulders bent back until they meet behind you then having your skin scraped off, and being buried "alive." 


To read more on Di Yu, check out my blog: A Journey Through Di Yu - "Chinese Hell"