Sunday, October 5, 2008
The Celestial bureaucracy is the of Chinese mythology. As the name suggests, it is organised similarly to a government administration, with the Jade Emperor as the senior official to whom the other deities must report. The constituents of this bureaucracy are decided in the Underworld, where extremely good souls will rise to heaven, much like the exams used here in our world. They govern aspects of our world, like fire or epidemics. Many notable immortals are on this pantheon, and one can get on it by applying for a post , or committing a good deed in the name of heaven, and thus possibly get an honorable title or a reward. Note that there are spiritual forces higher than it, like .