|Hei Wu Chang (黑无常)
Name of a
Chinese Hell Guard,
who is in charge of bringing the evil souls of the wicked dead to the
Underworld and in English referred to as
alone, he is usually depicted with a dark complexion, large, protruding
eyes, a short beard and moustache,
and holding a metal chain to bind
the souls of the wicked dead, while wearing a
long black robe and a long, brimless, black, toque-like cap, somewhat
reminiscent of an elongated Spanish Tocado, on which are, from top to bottom, the
Chinese characters zheng zai zhuo ni (正在捉你), which can loosely be translated as
‘be at right to catch
‘is to catch you’.
However, when portrayed together with his counterpart
Bai Wu Chang or
is sometimes depicted as a vicious figure with a black complexion,
ferocious snarls on his face and with a long red tongue sticking out of
his mouth (fig.).
Hei Bai Wu Chang.