Eight Immortals: the Individuals
Elder Zhang Guo: He is represented as an Old Man riding a donkey. (Sometimes Backwards) He is usually carrying two drumsticks. Legend has it that at the end of his journeys, he could fold up his donkey like a piece of paper and store him in his wallet. When he was ready to travel again he would sprinkle water on his wallet and the Donkey would reappear.
Zhongli Quan: This is the familiar Fat Man with his bare belly showing. He always carries a fan and sometimes a peach. He is also considered the Chief of the Immortals.
Han Xiang: This is the happy Immortal that is always seen playing a flute. It is said that Han could make flowers bloom with just his will, and soothe wild animals with his music.
He Xiangu: One of two female Immortals, He Xian-Gu carries with her a magical Lotus flower. She was brought into the group of Immortals by Lu Dong-Bin after he rescued her from a demon with his magic sword.
Lan Caihe: The second woman amongst the Immortals is always shown wearing a tattered blue gown and only one shoe. A basket of flowers is her symbol, and is usually carried with her.
Iron-crutch Li: He is the most recognizable of the Eight Immortals. He is depicted as a lame beggar carrying a double gourd. Legend explains his lame state as follows. His spirit would frequently leave his body to wander the land and heavens. One day his body was found and thought to be dead. It was burned, as was traditional. When he returned from his journey to find his body gone, he entered the first body he found...that of a lame beggar.
Lü Dongbin: Upon his back he wears a magic sword used to slay dragons and demons. In his hand he carries a fly brush. He is said to have traveled the earth for over 400 years slaying dragons.
Royal Uncle Cao: The finest dressed of the Eight Immortals. He is always shown wearing formal court dress and carrying castinets.
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The Eight Immortals, are legendary beings deep in Taoism legends, said to have lived at various times and attained immortality. They are frequently depicted on many cultural items such as vases, wu lous, statues, and are also to be found as separate figures. Sometimes they ornament the edges...feng shui deity full article >>>
8 Immortals Individuals
Elder Zhang Guo: He is represented as an Old Man riding a donkey. (Sometimes Backwards) He is usually carrying two drumsticks. Legend has it that at the end of his journeys, he could fold up his donkey like a piece of paper and store him in his wallet. When he was ready to travel...feng shui deity full article >>>
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