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Traditional Rendering of The Penghou

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The Pénghoú (彭侯) is a Tree spirit from Chinese folklore. It is described in an old book called the Soushenji (搜神記, English "In Search of the Supernatural"):

The P'eng-hou in the Camphor Tree in the time of the First Ruler of Wu, Lu Ching-shu was Grand Protector of Chien-an Commandery. Once, he dispatched a man to cut down a great camphor tree. Few strokes of the ax had fallen before blood suddenly flowed from the trunk. When it finally fell, a creature with the face of a man and the body of a dog came forth.

Ching-shu explained, "This is what is known as the p'eng-hou." He had it steamed forth with and ate it. Its flavor was the same as dog-meat. The Pai-tse T'u* says: "The spirit of trees is called P'eng-hou. It appears much like a black dog with no tail and can be steamed and eaten".


Artist's Rendering

  • The long lost tome of the Bai Ze.

The Pénghoú (read in Japanese as Hōkō 彭侯) was included in the "Konjaku Hyakki Shūi, one of Toriyama Sekien's collections of monster illustrations." Sekien gave it the same description as "the Soushenji, as well as having it living in a thousand-year-old tree."