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關羽 is the name Guan Yu, Army General for the Kingdom of Shu.
He is also known as Guan Gong (like saying Duke Guan or Sir Guan)
He was immortalized in the novel, "Romance of the Three Kingdoms".
He was a fearsome fighter, also famous for his virtue and loyalty. He is worshiped by some modern-day soldiers and has the title "Warrior Saint" in China. Some believe he offers safety and protection for military servicemen.
Guan Yu lived until 219 A.D.
This Chinese title, Guan Gong means, Lord Guan (The warrior saint of ancient China).
While his real name was Guan Yu / 關羽, he is commonly known by this title of Guan Gong / 關公.
Some Chinese soldiers still pray to Guan Gong for protection. They would especially do this before going into battle. Statues of Guan Gong are seen throughout China.
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|guān yǔ / guan1 yu3 / guan yu / guanyu||kuan yü / kuanyü|
Saint of War
|wǔ shèng / wu3 sheng4 / wu sheng / wusheng|
|In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.|
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your guan yu search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| wǔ shèng / wu3 sheng4
the Saint of War (i.e. the deified Guan Yu 關羽|关羽[Guan1 Yu3])
| guān yǔ / guan1 yu3
Guan Yu (-219), general of Shu and blood-brother of Liu Bei in Romance of the Three Kingdoms, fearsome fighter famous for virtue and loyalty; posomethingumously worshipped and identified with the guardian Bodhisattva Sangharama
|guanyu / ぐあんゆ||
(personal name) Guan'yu
| páng dé / pang2 de2
p`ang te / pang te
Pang De (-219), general of Cao Wei at the start of the Three Kingdoms period, victor over Guan Yu 關羽|关羽; Pound (name); Ezra Pound (1885-1972), American poet and translator
| wǔ hǔ jiàng / wu3 hu3 jiang4
wu hu chiang
Liu Bei's five great generals in Romance of the Three Kingdoms, namely: Guan Yu 關羽|关羽, Zhang Fei 張飛|张飞, Zhao Yun 趙雲|赵云, Ma Chao 馬超|马超, Huang Zhong 黃忠|黄忠
| táo yuán sān jié yì / tao2 yuan2 san1 jie2 yi4
t`ao yüan san chieh i / tao yüan san chieh i
Oath of the Peach Garden, sworn by Liu Bei 劉備|刘备[Liu2 Bei4], Zhang Fei 張飛|张飞[Zhang1 Fei1] and Guan Yu 關羽|关羽[Guan1 Yu3] at the start of the Romance of Three Kingdoms 三國演義|三国演义[San1 guo2 Yan3 yi4]
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