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Also known as BA-XIAN, PA-HSIEN

A picture showing the legend of EIGHT-IMMORTALS taken from our Chinese mythology archives. Illustration by Chas Saunders. Read the story below or search the index for more Chinese Gods, Chinese Goddesses, heroes, demons and monsters!

The accidental immortals

These are a band of Chinese individuals who, by pure chance, achieved immortality via a bizarre set of events.

The cast, not necessarily in order of appearance, is as follows:

CAO-GUOJIU — Royal Outcast
HAN-XIANGZI — The Flying Philosopher
HE-XIANGU — Self-raising Flower
LAN-CAIHE — Drunk and Disorientated
LI-TIEGUAI — Body Snatcher
LU-DONGBIN — Tactical Withdrawal
ZHANG-GUOLAO — Stubborn Old Mule
ZHONGLI-QUAN — Explosive Revelations

See their individual entries for the thrilling details of How To Become Immortal.

Each of them represents a different aspect of DAOist perfection. Over the centuries, these characters formed a team of kindred souls. Not having the usual Godly pedigree, they couldn't just mix with the Gods in Heaven, who are notoriously snobbish about such things. So instead they set up home at PENGLAI-SHAN, a mountainous island located in the mysterious East.

As told in many famous DAOist legends, they embarked on many incredible adventures and quests — taking on dragons and demons, righting wrongs and putting things to rights. And every so often, a mortal such as HUAI-NANZU or LI-BABAI would come along for the ride, hoping for a swig from the Bottle of Immortality.

We can't wait for the television mini-series. But we may have to as no-one has yet given us the cash to write it. Producers and showrunners get in touch.

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Article last updated on 03 May 2013
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
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Location : China
Gender : Both male and female
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Bar Shee-yen
Alternative names : BA-XIAN, PA-HSIEN
Popularity index : 2684

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