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Chang Kuo Lao

Chang Kuo Lao Also known as: Chokaro (Japanese); Zhang Guolao Origin: China Chang Kuo Lao, one of the Eight Immortals, was a seventh- or eighth-century CE Taoist hermit. He developed a brilliant reputation as an alchemist, and so the emperor sought to have him in his service. He ordered Chang Kuo Lao to appear at the royal court. Chang Kuo …

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Chang’O, Lady

Chang’O, Lady The Moon Lady Also known as: Heng-O; Chang’E Origin: China Although other places describe a man in the moon, in Chinese cosmology, the moon is inhabited by Lady Chang’O, a beautiful, lonely woman. There are different versions of how she ended up there, but in all of them, she secretly swallows the Elixir of Immortality, which may have …

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Feng Popo

Feng Popo Madame Wind Also known as: Feng Pho-Pho Origin: China Feng Popo is the Chinese Mistress of the Winds. She manifests as an old lady who rides a tiger along a celestial road of clouds. The winds are stuffed into a bag she wears slung around her shoulder. On a day when the weather’s calm, she has the winds …

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Fu Xi

Fu Xi Also known as: Fu Hsi Origin: China Fu Xi invented all aspects of civilization, giving them to people as gifts. He is humanity’s first teacher. His inventions include astrology, agricul ture, medicine, music, and writing. Fu Xi taught survival skills and bestowed the gift of fire. Fu Xi taught people to be self-sufficient. His name literally means “hidden …

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Nu Kua

Nu Kua Also known as: Nu Wa; Nu Gua Origin: China Nu Kua, primordial female, was married to the primordial male, Fu Xi, but she was bored and lonely. To amuse herself, she crafted human-shaped dolls from Yellow River mud and breathed life into them. Those first humans regarded Nu Kua as their mother, and she took good care of …

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Kitchen God’s Wife

Kitchen God’s Wife Origin: China Although variations do exist, the most popular version of the Kitchen God’s myth suggests that he was once a mortal man married to an exceptionally kind, patient, virtuous woman. The same, unfortunately, could not be said of him. In some versions, he’s a truly dissolute, irresponsible gambler; in others he merely has a roving eye. …

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Lei Shen

Lei Shen Lord of Thunder Also known as: Lei Gong Origin: China Lei Shen creates thunder but he has more than weather on his mind. Lei Shen passionately despises wasting food. He aims his thunder boltsat food-wasters. He is an impatient, bad-tempered spirit who does not negotiate. Manifestations: Lei Shen has a blue face, a bird’s beak, bats’ wings, and …

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Li Tieh-Kuai

Li Tieh-Kuai Also known as: Li Tieguai; Iron Crutch Li; Tekkai; Tieh-Kuai Origin: China Li Tieh-Kuai is among the Taoist Eight Immortals, perhaps the most ancient of the eight. Once upon a time, centuries ago, he was a great shaman who spent much time soul journeying, until one day he experienced the shaman’s nightmare. Li Tieh-Kuai journeyed in the most …

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Ling Chui Na

Ling Chui Na Origin: China Ling Chui Na is a midwife spirit venerated by women who have had children or would like tohave children. She is the guardian of children, especially those under sixteen years of age. Ling Chui Na was allegedly once a living person born near Fuzhou during the Tang Dynasty (618–907). She is invoked for any aspect …

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Tien- Kou

Tien- Kou Origin: China T’ien-kou literally translates as “Celestial Dog” and refers to two different but possibly related things: • T’ien-kou are shooting stars. • T’ien-kou are dreaded dog-shaped mountain Demons. T’ien-kou the spirits first emerged from the sky amidst thunder and lightning. They may or may not be the shooting stars or may possibly be something that arrived with …

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