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___ Zhou Cang

Zhou Cang (in Chinese: 周倉), is a fictional character created by Luo Guanzhong in his historical novel, ‘Romance of the Three Kingdoms’.
 

Zhou Cang is a strong warrior with a dark face and a wiry beard, he became caught up in the ‘Yellow Turban Rebellion’ and joined the rebels. It was during this time that he first met Guan U (Guan Yu), who impressed him with his courage and sense of honor.

However, after the rebellion was crushed by Han troops, Zhou Cang became a renegade bandit. He inhabited Mount Woniu with another former Yellow Turban, Pei Yuanshao and became infamous as a warrior of great strength and skill.

After encountering Guan U once more on a mountain road, he swore his loyalty to the worthy general and was appointed to the rank of Guan U's Saber Carrier. A skilled boatman, his talents were critical in helping achieve Guan U's water attack at the ‘Battle of Fancheng’. At Fan, he managed to capture the fearsome warrior Pang De during the flooding of the castle. Unfortunately, his fierce loyalty to his lord would cost him his life, when, upon seeing the heads of Guan U and Guan Ping displayed by the forces of Wu, he committed suicide.

After Guan U was made a deity, Zhou Cang was made part of the holy trio, along with Guan U's adopted son Guan Ping. His face is often portrayed as coal black, a stark contrast to Guan Ping's pure white features, and Guan U's red face.
 
Guan Yu and Zhou Cang
Guan Yu and Zhou Cang. From a Qing Dynasty edition of The Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

 

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