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Feilian (simplified Chinese: 飞廉; traditional Chinese: 飛廉), also known as Xie Feng[1] is the Chinese god of the wind. He is a winged dragon[2] with the head of a deer and the tail of a snake.[2][3] He carries wind with him in a bag[4] and stirs up trouble. Feilian is kept in check by Houyi, the heavenly archer.[3] He assists Chiyou in a fight against the Yellow Emperor[2]

According to Dèng Xiǎohuā (鄧皢花), Fēilián (OC: ZS *pɯl-ɡ·rem; BS *Cə.pə[r]*(k-)[r]em), glossed in Shiji as "ill wind" 疾風 (pinyin: jí-fēng), might be a dialectal variant of (OC: 'ZS *plum; BS *prəm) "wind".[5]


  1. ^ Qu, Yuan (1986). Tian Wen: A Chinese Book of Origins Volume 624 of A New Directions Paperbook Chinese Book of Origins. New Directions Publishing. pp. III. ISBN 9780811210119.
  2. ^ a b c Roberts, Jeremy (2004). Mythology: Chinese Mythology A to Z. New York: Facts on File, Inc. p. 39. ISBN 0816048703.
  3. ^ a b Lurker, Manfred (2004). The Routledge Dictionary of Gods and Goddesses, Devils and Demons. Psychology Press. pp. 61–62. ISBN 9780415340182.
  4. ^ Newton, David (2003). Encyclopedia of Air. Greenwood Press. p. 134. ISBN 9781573565646.
  5. ^ Schuessler, Axel, ABC Etymological Dictionary of Old Chinese, University of Hawaii Press, 2007, p. 238.