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Tales of the Taoist Immortals

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The tales chosen by Eva Wong here are of the best-known immortals among the Chinese.

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The stories are of famous characters in Chinese history and myth: a hero's battle with the lords of evil, the founder of the Ming dynasty's treacherous betrayal of his friends, a young girl who saves her town by imitating rooster calls. Entertaining and often provocative, these tales usually include a moral.

The immortals are role models in Chinese culture, as well as examples of enlightenment. Some of the immortals were healers, some were social activists, some were aristocrats, and some were entrepreneurs.

One time, a young scholar named Kun Chung-ni came to the library to ask Li Erh about an obscure ritual. (Kung Chung-ni would later be known as Kung Tzu, or Confucius.) After answering the young man’s questions, Li Erh told him, “You need to file down your sharpness and put away your sword of ambition. The great sage often appears dull and dim-witted, and those with true learning do not display their knowledge.”

Years later, Chung-ni would recall this meeting and say “Birds soar above the earth; fishes siwm to the depths of the oceans; and tigers run the great expanse of the plains. But who can predict the behavior of the dragons? Somtimes they fly among the clouds and somtimes they tunnel beneath the earth. Lao Tzu [the Old One] must have been a dragon. You could catch a glimpse of his wisdom, but if you tried to grasp it, it was gone.”

Author Wong, Dr. Eva
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 168 pp.
Publisher Shambhala Publications 2001
Browse these categories as well: Mythology, Folk and Fairy Tales, Taoist Wizards and Immortals, Gods, Goddesses and Archetypes, Noteworthy Releases 2001

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