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As a girl growing up in Hong Kong, Eva Wong heard and memorized many tales told to her by Hong Kong's finest professional storytellers, by actors on the radio, and by her grandmother. These popular tales of the Taoist immortals were also often dramatized in Chinese operas.

The stories are of famous characters in Chinese history and myth: a hero's battle with the lords of evil, the founder of the Ming dynasty's treacherous betrayal of his friends, a young girl who saves her town ...

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Overview

As a girl growing up in Hong Kong, Eva Wong heard and memorized many tales told to her by Hong Kong's finest professional storytellers, by actors on the radio, and by her grandmother. These popular tales of the Taoist immortals were also often dramatized in Chinese operas.

The stories are of famous characters in Chinese history and myth: a hero's battle with the lords of evil, the founder of the Ming dynasty's treacherous betrayal of his friends, a young girl who saves her town by imitating rooster calls. Entertaining and often provocative, these tales usually include a moral. The immortals are role models in Chinese culture, as well as examples of enlightenment. Some of the immortals were healers, some were social activists, some were aristocrats, and some were entrepreneurs. The tales chosen by Eva Wong here are of the best-known immortals among the Chinese. Their names are household words and their stories are told and retold by one generation to the next.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570628092
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 783,132
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Eva Wong is an independent scholar and a practitioner of the Taoist arts of the Pre-Celestial Way and Complete Reality lineages. She has written and translated many books on Taoism and related topics, including A Master Course in Feng-Shui; Tales of the Taoist Immortals; and Taoism: An Essential Guide.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I The Eight Immortals
1 The Guest of the Cavern: Lu Tung-pin 11
2 Hermit of the Cloud Chamber: Chungli Ch'uan 16
3 The Patron of Female Taoists: Ho Hsien-ku 19
4 The Bat Spirit: Chang Kuo Lao 22
5 The Immortal with the Iron Crutch: T'ieh-kuai Li 26
6 A Faithful Nephew: Han Hsiang 28
7 The Wandering Minstrel: Lan Ts'ai-ho 31
8 The Hermit Aristocrat: Ts'ao Kuo-chiu 33
II Sages
9 The Father of Ch'i-Kung: Chen Hsi-yi 37
10 Satirist of the High and Mighty: Chuang Tzu 42
11 The Minister and the Courtesan: Fan Li and Hsi Shih 45
12 The Yellow Emperor: Huang Ti 50
13 The Old One: Lao Tzu 55
14 A Prince among Taoists: Liu An 57
15 The Hermit of Mount T'ien-tai: Ssu-ma Ch'eng-chen 61
16 Minister from the Mountains: T'ao Hung-ching 65
17 The First Disciple of Taoism: Wen Shih 70
III Magicians
18 The Celestial Teacher: Change Tao-ling 77
19 The Wandering Healer: Fei Chang-fang 82
20 The Sorcerer Strategist: Kiang Tzu-ya 89
21 The Immortal in Sheep's Clothing: Tso Chi 95
22 The Spirit Catcher: Ko Hsuan 98
23 The People's Protector: Mah Ku 102
24 Lady of the Great Mysteries: T'ai-hsuan Nu 105
25 The Woman Who Flew on a Toad: T'ang Kuang-chen 108
26 Immortal from the Sky: Tung-fang Shuo 111
IV Diviners
27 The Reader of Human Destiny: Chang Chung 117
28 The Crane Immortal: Ch'ing Wu 121
29 The Mad Beggar: Chou Tien 125
30 The Old Man and the Kingmaker: Huang-shih Kung and Chang Liang 129
31 Master of Ghost Valley: Kuei-ku Tzu 133
32 Master of K'an-yu: Kuo P'u 136
33 The Reader of Dynastic Destiny: Lin Ling-su 140
V Alchemists
34 The Master of Spirit Travel: Chang Po-tuan 147
35 The Father of T'ai-Chi Ch'uan: Chang San-feng 150
36 The Woman Who Could Turn Minerals into Gold: Cheng Wei's Wife 153
37 The Sage Who Embraced Simplicity: Ko Hung 156
38 The Poet Immortal: Pai Yu-ch'an 160
39 Lady of the Great Yin: T'ai-yin Nu 163
40 The Father of Immortal Alchemy: Wei Po-yang 166
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