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Hsuan Tien Shang Ti
Hsuan Tien Shang Ti or First Lord of Heaven, also known as The Spirit of the North or Pei Ti, is an extremely popular in Hong Kong and SE Asia countires.
There are many series of legends of Him, such as the Jade Emperor appointed Pei Ti as commander-in-Chief of the twelve generals of the heavenly legions to intervene Mo Wang, the Demon King, who conjured out the gigantic serpent and tortoise as his allies to created havoc in earth. He managed to subdue and rout of his enemies. In every statue of Him, you will see the snake and tortise under His feet.
Some mentioned he is an orphan and brought up by an aunt. One day he suddenly to demand a bath, and she hastily heat up the water, and let him wash himself. What was left is the colour of the greyish water and told his guardian not to throw away the dirty water. Being proud housewife, she thrown the water outside her house. Next morning, she heard commotion outside and saw all her neighbours were scrambling for gold, and she managed to pick a few pieces.
Hsuan Tien Shang Ti can be found many Chinese Temples in SE Asia, where the Chinese immigrants seeking fortune outside China, and brought along with them, their culture, tradition and divinity.
In Foshan, Guangdong, an Ancestors Temple is specially dedicated Pei Ti. The whole structure is built entirely of interlocking wooden beams, without using any nails. Commercialisation have taken a fast pace, an entrance fee must be paid to see a few centuries old temple that had converted into a museum.