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CAO-GUOJIU
Also known as CAO-GUO-JIU, KAO-GUOJIU, TS'AO-KUO-CHIU

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Immortal theatre fan and royal patron of actors

One of the EIGHT-IMMORTALS, he is a special patron of actors and stage performers.

The brother of a Song Dynasty Empress, CAO-GUOJIU hated all the royal corruption going on. His motto was basically: "Here by Royal Disappointment." Eventually he left the court in disgust and went to meditate in the mountains — where his golden tablet of introduction ('I am the brother of Empress Cao and hereby command the utmost respect') was not a lot of use.

But he did meet LU-DONGBIN, who coached him in finding The Way (DAO) and immortality. No doubt the Elixir of Immortality came in handy again. (It's got to be a drink, hasn't it? You wouldn't pop pills from a stranger.)

With his new-found status, CAO-GUOJIU was happy to become the patron deity of Actors and Performance. And lets face it, the acting profession needs all the patronage it can get. Gods on seats, dear friends, gods on seats.

We wonder if CAO-GUOJIU's patronage extends to film and television performance. Living forever must give him a valuable insight into screenplays such as The Never-Ending Story, as well as the works of the Immortal Bard.

PS. He also plays a mean set of Chinese maracas. Will anyone give him a walk-on part in a musical?

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Article last updated on 25 April 2013
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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ABOUT CAO-GUOJIU : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : CAO-GUOJIU
Location : China
Gender : Male
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Tsaow Gwor-Jee-yoo
Alternative names : CAO-GUO-JIU, KAO-GUOJIU, TS'AO-KUO-CHIU
Popularity index : 710

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