Star of Longevity (Sau Sing Kung)
An elderly, portly male with a uniquely
large cranium, long ears and long drooping eyebrows (a sign of
great age), typically holding a perfect peach is the Taoist God
of Longevity, Lao Shouxing or just Shouxing (or Sau Sing Kung).
The Star of Longevity is the ultimate symbol of longevity and
uninterupted health. The Star of Longevity commonly holds a "bat
of immortality" on his left hand, the powerful emblem good
fortune. On the other hand, the peach hanging from his walking
stick is known as the fruit of immortality belonging to Si Wang
Mu. All this symbols conjure up wishes for the beneficiary's longevity.
His figurine is thus a popular birthday motif for your parents
or any elderly person wishing that they can live up to their ripe
Sau Sing Kung
The Star of Longevity "Sau Sing Kung" is
associated to the star in the south pole. This star is often being
symbolized by an oldman with protruding forehead, white hair and
beard whom attained immortality. He normally carries a dragon
crutch, a peach, the fungus of immortality ling tzi and the wu
lou (gourd) which have medicinal values. Legend has it that the
Star of Longevity began as the star Canopus in the southern constellation
Argo, also known as the Old Man of the South Pole. People worshipped
this and other stars in the belief that the heavens ruled human
fate. "Records of the Historian", "Shi Ji",
and important document of China's history written during the Han
Dynasty (206BC-AD220), states, "peace prevails in the world
when the Old Man of the South Pole appears, when he is not present,
there is cause for great concern. He often impart virtues to people
on the secret of longevity and ask them to avoid greed, negative
thinking and arrogance as principles to sustaining longevity and
good health. His magical peach is blossomed from the heaven only
every 3000 years. His image represents good health and longevity.
It is also said that this star god is the one who determines the
length of human lives. His presence at home symbolizes granting
of longer life by him. He brings good health, less sickness, longevity,
immortality, smoother life for elderly people and good fortune
The Star of Longevity Sau Sing Kung blesses
one with longevity and good health, and can be placed in the following
locations of our homes:
1. The east (family sector) of our living or dining rooms to symbolize
good health for the whole family.
2. Ones personal Tien Yi directions
of the elderly ones or the head of the house to protect them against
3. Placing the Sau Sing Kung in bedrooms of elderly people are
best to signify longevity and a good life worth living till a
4. Get this as a gift for your friends, relatives and parents
on their birthdays, or during Father's day or Mother's day.
Note: Kindly do not place this important
deity in the kitchen and toilet.