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Profound Sage and Embarrassed Immortal.

Do you remember the EIGHT-IMMORTALS? If not check them out. They took a real shine to HUAI-NANZU, who was grandson of the Han Dynasty Empress Gao. The spiritually-inclined prince joined them on their travels, and after a while managed to wheedle some wishes out of them. Just simple things like Immortality, Omniscience and Omnipotence.

As soon as he had partaken of the Elixir of Immortality, HUAI-NANZU's body shed its mortal nature. He became as light as a feather and found himself shooting up into the sky. This always happens when you drink the Elixir of Immortality.

Rapidly gaining control of his new-found flying abilities, HUAI-NANZU pointed himself in the direction of Heaven. He thought it only proper to introduce himself and pay his respects to the Gods. But in his excitement he dropped the bottle of Elixir, which went spinning back to Earth and landed in his very own courtyard.

Arriving in Heaven, HUAI-NANZU prepared to introduce himself to the great and majestic JADE-EMPEROR, who any minute now would turn in his direction and address him. He composed himself with infinitely respectful sublimation, practiced his kowtow and brushed his hair. He was terribly nervous. It was worse than a dentist's waiting room up here.

He was unaware that far below, his farmyard animals were licking up the dregs leaking from the broken bottle...

At last, His Imperial Heavenly Majesty turned towards the nervous new recruit and opened his mouth to speak. HUAI-NANZU summoned up every ounce of his dignity — and was unexpectedly joined in Heaven by a motley collection of freshly immortalized pigs, dogs and chickens. Their immortal nature did nothing to stop them grunting, clucking and chasing each other around the imperial chamber. HUAI-NANZU was so embarrassed, he almost wished he was mortal again.

But this little glitch didn't prevent him from becoming a DAOist sage with at least one profoundly bewildering book to his credit: History Of The Great Light. So far as we know, none of the immortal chickens wrote anything at all.

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Article last updated on 02 May 2004
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
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Location : China
Gender : Male
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Hwuy Narn Dzoo
Alternative names : HUAI-NAN-ZU, HUAI-NAN-TZU, LIU-AN
Popularity index : 199

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