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SHOU-XING
Also known as SHOU-HSING, SHOU-LAO, NAN-JI-XIAN-WENG

A picture showing the legend of SHOU-XING 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 superstar of longevity and old age

The most venerable member of the SAN-XING happiness squad, his name means 'Star Of Long Life'. He is old and bald, and always carries a Golden Peach of Immortality from XI-WANGMU's Holy Peach Garden. These are found only in Heaven and ripen once every three thousand years.

Ironically he didn't actually get to eat one. His long life came about by quite different means. Once he was a young and sickly lad named Zhao-Yen, who was destined to die when he reached 19. Told by a fortune-teller to enter a certain field armed with a packed lunch, he found two men playing checkers.

Having been warned to keep his mouth shut, he silently offered them spring rolls and wine, which were gratefully accepted. So gratefully, in fact, that the men, revealing themselves to be the Gods of Birth and Death, offered him longevity.

First they took his allotted lifespan of 19 years and reversed it, giving 91 years. Then they munched another spring roll, had another sip of wine, and decided he deserved immortality. That must have been a very impressive packed lunch.

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Article last updated on 07 May 2013
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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ABOUT SHOU-XING : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : SHOU-XING
Location : China
Gender : Male
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : GOOD, quite approachable
Pronunciation : Sshoh Sheeng
Alternative names : SHOU-HSING, SHOU-LAO, NAN-JI-XIAN-WENG
Popularity index : 854

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