Number Eight in Hinduism & other Cultures (Post No.7035)

Eight Immortals of Taiwan
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Date: 29 SEPTEMBER 2019

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Post No. 7035

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eight immortals from wikipedia

The Eight Immortals (Chinese: 八仙; pinyinBāxiānWade–GilesPa¹-hsien¹) are a group of legendary xian (“immortals”) in Chinese mythology. Each immortal’s power can be transferred to a vessel (法器) that can bestow life or destroy evil. Together, these eight vessels are called the “Covert Eight Immortals” (暗八仙). Most of them are said to have been born in the Tang or Shang Dynasty. They are revered by the Taoists and are also a popular element in the secular Chinese culture. They are said to live on a group of five islands in the Bohai Sea, which includes Mount Penglai.

The Immortals are:

In literature before the 1970s, they were sometimes translated as the Eight Genies. First described in the Yuan Dynasty, they were probably named after the Eight Immortal Scholars of the Han.

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