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LI-BABAI
Also known as LI-BA-BAI, LI-PA-PAI, LI-KUAN, LI-K'UAN

Immortal [DAO]ist sage with eight hundred plum-colored boils.

No-one seems to know how this old gent became immortal, but the EIGHT-IMMORTALS may have had a hand in it.

He turned up one day in the state of Wu, having spent the past eight hundred years in a cave for reasons best known to himself. The locals rallied round and gave him a place to stay, where he set up his 'Lu'. Which was a place of meditation not dissimilar to the modern variety.

LI-BABAI, who suffered from a strange skin condition, had a rich sponsor who wished to learn the immortality secrets from him.

"My boils must be licked away first," says Li.

"I'll set the servants on it," says Mr Moneybags.

"No, you must do it yourself," demands Li.

After it hadn't worked, LI-BABAI opted to be bathed in wine from a million bottles. This really does work, but the wine must be full-bodied red with a rich plummy flavor. And then he ascended to Heaven, leaving behind his Earthly remains.

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Article last updated on 15 April 2004
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
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ABOUT LI-BABAI : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : LI-BABAI
Location : China
Gender : Male
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Lee Bar Buy
Alternative names : LI-BA-BAI, LI-PA-PAI, LI-KUAN, LI-K'UAN
Popularity index : 235

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