Pa-cha

Pa-cha

Pa-cha in the late Chinese mythology the god who protects farmers against locusts by eliminating them. Pa-cha is depicted as a naked to the waist human with a beak-like nose. His body beneath the waist resembles a bell (some legends state he was born from a bell) with big crawled bird paws underneath. Hair flocks on his head right behind the ears look similar to small corns. In one hand he carries a crook-neck pumpkin, where he puts the locust to in order to kill it. In the other hand he carries one of the following objects: a sword, golden nugget, wood-made hammer or a banner with an inscription on it: "I collect locusts and destroy them." A ceremony to his honor is said to be held every year after harvesting.

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