Chinese Mythology


Daoist Poverty God

Also known as Lan Caihe, Lan Ts'ai-ho

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.

Lan Caihe Facts and Figures

Name: Lan Caihe
Pronunciation: Larn Tsuy Huh
Alternative names: Lan Caihe, Lan Ts'ai-ho

Gender: Male
Type: God
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Poverty
Area of expertise: Poverty

Good/Evil Rating: NEUTRAL, may not care

Article last updated on 22 April 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

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