Part I: The Legend of Chung Kwei
The legend of Chung Kwei takes us to ancient China. It involves the outstanding scholar, the Chinese Emperor and the red demon.
According to legend, Chung Kwei was a bright scholar from Tung-nan Shan of Shensi Province during the reign-period of Wu De (A. D. 618 - 627) of the Emperor Kao Tsu of the T'ang Dynasty.
It was customary at that time for the Emperor to personally confer (with his own hand) a rose of gold to the successful candidate. So, the outstanding scholar Chung Kwei, presented himself before the king in accordance to the custom so as to receive the reward which was by right due to him. Unfortunately for Chung Kwei, his appearance was so ugly and deformed that the sight of his repulsive face caused corrupt officials to refuse him entrance. This threw him into total despair because he had been unfairly deprived of his rightful honors. The rejected scholar then took his own life on the steps of the Imperial Palace.
The Chinese Emperor Ming Huang (A. D. 712 - 742), also known as Tang Xuan Zong, who ruled in the reign-period of K'ai Yüan, was kept ignorant of this regrettable incident. However, the act of suicide had desecrated the precincts of the palace, subsequently allowing malign spirits to enter.
Seeing the extensive damage caused by this red devil, the Emperor Ming Huang flew into a rage and demanded an explanation. At this, the red demon responded, "Your humble servant is named Xu Hao of Emptiness and Devastation." To which the Emperor replied, "I have never heard of such a person." At once the demon rejoined, "Xu means to desire Emptiness, because in Emptiness, one can fly just as one wishes; Hao means Devastation, as it changes joy to sadness.
The Emperor Ming Huang was so annoyed by the red demon's impertinence that he turned to called for his imperial guards. Suddenly, a great big devilish-looking creature appeared; he was wearing a torn headdress, a blue robe, an ivory belt-clasp, and official boots on his feet. This hideous fellow subdued the red demon and swallowed the unfortunate sprite.
Chung Kwei is also known as K'uei Xing, the Star God of Literature for his outstanding scholastic abilities. In this capacity, his duty is to oversee scholars and to ensure that they receive their dues. .
Part Two :Protective Feng Shui with Chung Kwei