The Eighteen layers of Chinese Hell

Chinese Hell

Diyu, the Traditional Chinese Hell, based on Buddhism concept of Naraka, is an underground maze with various levels and chambers, where souls are taken after death to atone for the sins they committed when they were alive.

Some Chinese legends speak of eighteen levels of Hell.

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The East Hell

Chamber of Tongue Ripping

In the first layer, those who stir up troubles by gossiping will find their tongues being ripped out.


Chamber of Scissors

Second layer. Those who break the marriage of others will have their fingers cut off.


Chamber of Iron Cycads

Those who cause discords among family members of others will be hung on Iron trees.


Chamber of Mirror

To those who managed to escape the punishment for their crimes during earthly life will be shown their true shape.


Chamber of Steamer

Hypocrites and troublemakers will find their punishment in a steamer.


Forest of Copper Column

Arsonists for retaliation will be bound to columns of glowing copper.


Mountain of Knifes

Those who kill sentient beings with knife without a reason or for pleasure will find themselves climbing a hill of knifes. Sinners are made to shed blood by climbing a mountain with sharp blades sticking out.


Hill of Ice

Schemers, deceivers of elders (including parents) and adulterers will be left naked in freezing cold.


Cauldron of Boiling Oil

Rapists, thieves, abusers, false accusers will be boiled in fried oil.



Chamber of Ox

Those who abuse animals will find themselves being bullied by animals.


Chamber of Rock

Those who abandon or kill babies will hold a heavy rock (and eventually crashed) and will be surrounded by putrid water.


Chamber of Pounding

Those who voluntarily waste food  will be forced to be feeded by demons with hell-fire.


Pool of Blood

Those who do not respect others will find themselves soaked in blood.


Town of Suicide

People who commit suicide will find themselves wandering in the city . The wind of sorrow and the rain of pain lash day and night this desolate place. They are those who have voluntarily altered the karmic course of the Incarnation.


Chamber of Dismemberment

Tomb raiders will find their body being torn into pieces.


Mountain of Flames

Thieves, robbers and corrupt will be thrown into the flames in a hellish volcano.


Yard of Stone Mill

Those who subdue the weak, abuse their power and oppress the people will be crushed and pulverized in a stone mill.


Chamber of Saw

Those who exploit the loopholes in the law and engage in unfair practices in business will be sawn into half by demons.


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