Chinese Mythology

The Folk Gods and Spirits of the Middle Kingdom

ZHANG GUOLAO

Daoist Immortality God

Also known as Zhang Guo, Chang Kuo-Lao

Picture of the Chinese Immortality God Zhang Guolao from our Chinese mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Paper-folding Immortal

One of the Eight Immortals. He’s the original black belt at Origami.

This splendid old character did it his way. He simply refused to die. He did drop dead once, but just got up again and carried on as if nothing had happened. That’s the kind of never-say-die spirit we approve of.

Furthermore, he had an amazing magic donkey which could be folded up like a piece of paper when not in use. No parking fines for him.

Zhang Guolao is now revered as the patron of the elderly. If only he would turn his thoughts to paper airplanes, he could revolutionize the aeronautics industry.

Zhang Guolao Facts and Figures

Name: Zhang Guolao
Pronunciation: Jharng Gwor Laow
Alternative names: Zhang Guo, Chang Kuo-Lao

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

In charge of: Immortality
Area of expertise: Immortality

Good/Evil Rating: NEUTRAL, may not care
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Article last revised on April 22, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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