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Not main deities themselves, Qian Li Yan and Shun Feng Er usually appear as Mazu's companions and guardians.
It is generally believed that they were brothers, warriors in life who sacrificed themselves in battle and became demons. Upon encountering Mazu, they both fell in love with her, and suggested they fight her for the right to marry her. However, Mazu used her exceptional skill in martial arts to defeat them both, forcing them to become her guardians
originally posted by: JustThisOnce
千里眼 [QianLiYan] & 順風耳 [ShunFengEr] were the eldests of ten brothers in Chinese folklore, each with his own superpower. 千里眼, literally means, one whose eyes can see a thousand li away and, likewise, 順風耳 is one whose ears could hear from a thousand li away. 千里眼 & 順風耳 have since become a common way to describe one who has superior vision/hearing in the Chinese language.
Chinese gods/demons/deities are not quite the same as their Western counterparts and hence, the terms are used quite loosely. Gods/demons/deities are just different levels one attains/descends based on one's karma. It's only through Enlightenment, according to Chinese' belief, that one can escapes from the cycles of life-and-death.
"Demon" is a term scholars use, a holdover from the 1800's or so, to describe non-corporeal beings that have some sort of spiritual power that can manifest in the world (gosh, don't I sound like I swallowed a dictionary?) They are not necessarily evil.