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LAN-CAIHE
Also known as LAN-CAI-HE, LAN-ZAIHE, LAN-TS'AI-HO

A picture showing the legend of LAN-CAIHE 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!

Immortal eccentric

One of the EIGHT-IMMORTALS, he's a total oddball. And why not? Living forever must get very boring unless you mix things up a bit.

In this case LAN-CAIHE mixes it up a lot. He was originally a busker, beggar and herb seller, and usually drunk. He was also very effeminate, and may even have been a female transvestite.

His or her fortune changed dramatically after helping a beggar (whom rumor suggests may have been LI-TIEGUAI in disguise). LAN-CAIHE washed his boils and sores, nursed the crippled beggar back to health, and was rewarded with immortality.

With a bizarre dress sense, LAN-CAIHE wears only one boot, and a belt made of wood. In the summer he wraps up warm with a thick coat, but this is discarded in the winter in preference for sleeping semi-naked in the snow.

This all begins to make sense when you realize he (or she) is the patron deity of the impoverished.

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Article last updated on 30 April 2013
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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ABOUT LAN-CAIHE : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : LAN-CAIHE
Location : China
Gender : Male
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Larn Tsuy Huh
Alternative names : LAN-CAI-HE, LAN-ZAIHE, LAN-TS'AI-HO
Popularity index : 634

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