#atozchallenge – X is for Xiang Yao, the lords of disease

(Ha, good old Chinese folklore, handling the X requirement easily!)

 

They leave disease and putrid swamp in their wake.

A Xiang Yao is a spirit with nine horrid heads on a large snake’s body. They bring disease and sickness, poisoning fresh streams into putrid swamps. They serve the great black dragon Gong-Gong, bringer of the great floods. It’s best to stay far away – an encounter is likely to leave you sick and weak.

Sources:

Image taken from the Mythical Archive

http://www.mythicalcreatureslist.com/mythical-creature/Xiang+Yao

http://www.mythicjourneys.org/bigmyth/myths/english/eng_china_pantheon.htm

http://mythicalarchive.com/creature/xiang-yao/