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Door Gods

In ancient China, Door Gods of China were divinities Taoists and common people believed to guard doors. also portraits of door gods for posting on doors. The door gods are widely popular among the Chinese people, and the belief in door gods has been around for quite a long time. According to the pre-Qin Dynasty book the Classic of the Mountains and Seas, Shen Tu, Yu Lei, Reed Ropes and Peach Wood were ghost-driving gods. Chinese Lunar New Year is the right time to experience the culture of door gods. it is common to see that most of the houses have solemn door god portraits on the entrance door, for people believe that posting an image of a door god on the door could keep evil spirits away and bring back peace and luck.

Door gods were even included into gods worshipped by Taoists, who would perform sacrificial rituals in honor of them.
In the Tang Dynasty, another door god named Zhong Kui, an excellent ghost catcher, became popular.