Eight Daoist Immortals

Eight Daoist immortals – ink painting by a contemporary Chinese artistHistorically, the Eight Immortals could refer to 8 different Daoists, and it was until the Ming Dynasty, the general consensus has been reached based on Wu Yuantai’s “Journey to the East, the Source of the Eight Immortals Legend (八仙出处东游记)”. Since then, the following eight historical figures are commonly known as […]

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An Ancient Chinese Tale of Relativity in Time

A firewood collector watching two immortals paying chess in Mt. Lanke in Zhejiang Province – a coloured ink painting by Ming Dynasty scholar, politician and artist Zhang Yining (张以宁 1301-1370) The legend of Mt. Lanke During Jin Dynasty in the 4th century, a guy went to Mt. Lanke collecting firewoods and saw two men playing chess Weiqi (Go) on a stone. Like […]

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A Trip to a World Beyond

The mythical tale about encountering immortals in Mt. Tiantai was first recorded on Search for Immortals (搜神記) by a scholar official in East Jin in the 4th century. It’s a clear evidence that Chinese have entertained the concept of relativity in time at least 2,000 years go. The illustrations were produced by Zhao Cangyun (赵苍云), an ancient Chinese scholar artist living […]

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