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LI-TIEGUAI
Also known as LI-TIE GUAI, LI T'IEH-KUAI, LI-XUAN

A picture showing the legend of LI-TIEGUAI 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!

Scruffy old immortal with an iron crutch

One of the EIGHT-IMMORTALS, he's famously known as "Li with the Iron Crutch".

This is an out-of-the-gutter experience. Ascetic and mystic, LI-TIEGUAI traveled far and wide. Not caring for the public transport of the time, he liked to float whither he wished minus body.

One day, his spirit paid a visit to LAO-ZI and learned the secrets of Immortality. He arrived back to find his body had been cremated a little prematurely and was now a heap of ashes.

In this situation you need to find a replacement body very rapidly indeed, or your chances of getting into Heaven are zilch. The best LI-TIEGUAI could find on the spur of the moment was a dead beggar in a ditch.

Worse still, upon entry and activation, he discovered that the body was lame and needed support from an iron crutch. But beggars can't be choosers — and LI-TIEGUAI was thoroughly beggared.

He knew it was now or never — and, as it turned out, 'now' meant for ever and ever. He'd become immortal. So he made the best of it. And now, in his immortal and immutable state, he is very popular with the disabled. In fact he's reached the status of patron deity to the sick.

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Article last updated on 09 May 2013
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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ABOUT LI-TIEGUAI : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : LI-TIEGUAI
Location : China
Gender : Male
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Lee Tee-yeh Gwuy
Alternative names : LI-TIE GUAI, LI T'IEH-KUAI, LI-XUAN
Popularity index : 693

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