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The Eight Immortals of Taoism Legends and Fables of Popular TaoismSprouted a pantheon that mimicking the Confucianism to which Lao Tzu s thought stood in perfect contrast was a bureaucracy led by the Jade which Lao Tzu s thought stood in perfect contrast was a bureaucracy led by the Jade The family kitchen god made annual reports on the members to the Heavenly Court like a modern supervisor Perhaps due to reports on the members to the Heavenly Court like a modern supervisor Perhaps due to bureaucratic tilt of Heaven an ight member cadre of humans who had achieved immortality travelled the arth rewarding the good and acting somewhat like the group of spoiled gods that one finds among the ancient Greeks or Norse These immortals despite their xalted status could be vengeful The. Al for readers of the Tao Te Ching and Joseph Campbell's works on myth To this day the Eight Immortals are among

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Y were particularly fond of appearing as beggars at banuets to test The Generosity Of The generosity of the rich usually lacking and punish them cruelly They dispense healing medicines The woman among them Ho Hsien Ku was of course unattainably beautiful although another Lan Ts ai Ho sometimes appeared as a woman Lu Tung Pin resembles a Christian saint xcept in his occasional rage at the rich #who mistreat him Chang Kuo Lau rides his donkey backwards and invented a new cheap kind of shoe Even poor #mistreat him Chang Kuo Lau rides his donkey backwards and invented a new cheap kind of shoe Even poor Tzu puts in an appearance usually as a Wise Guide But Occasionally guide but occasionally a fool. He most popular figures in Chinese art and their cult has affected very aspect of Chinese culture Line drawings througho. Awesome Of all the strange reversals in the history of ideas no thinker can possibly have suffered as complete a reversal as Lao Tzu in the history of ideas no thinker can possibly have suffered as complete a reversal as Lao Tzu perhaps mythical founder of Taoism His book offers the most spare vision of any an insistent argument for detachment for recognizing what cannot be known and cannot be done Somehow across the The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl expanse of Chinese history the name of his philosophy andven that of the man himself was appropriated by people who sought precisely what he disdained power and rebellion immortality cultish sexual practices in search of immortality Taoism. 28 legends and fables featuring the Eight Immortals an illuminating study of popular Chinese religious beliefs with speci. ,