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Lord of Land

In Chinese folktale, Lord of Land may be the lowest-ranking but the most-widely worshipped god of all divinities. In ancient China, Lord of Land was enshrined in nearly all households. And temples dedicated to him scattered in urban and rural areas. In ancient agricultural society, land was held in high esteem, because it produces food and clothing.

The worship to Lord of Land was a kind of nature worshipping at first. Along with the development of social life, the color of nature worshipping gradually faded away and a lot of social functions were given to the Lord of Land, which became more and more personified.

Generally speaking, the Lord of Land has a unified image. He is a benign-looking old man with gray hair and white beard, wearing a long robe and a black hat.