ENCYCLOPEDIA OF TAOISM (SHORT NOTES FOR IMMORTALS): Xiānrén 仙人 immortal, transcendent

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From time to time we read fiction, or articles, or erotical reports, or longevity guidelines from past times and different kind of immortals are very popular in these sources. That was a main reason I took ’immortal’ to comment from my favorite Volume 2 of Encyclopedia of Taoism.

“A xiānrén 僊人 is a person who has attained immortality and may possess supernormal powers such as the ability to fly.”—Miura Kunio.

“In early times, the paradise of the immortals was said to be located on islands that could not be easily approached or on the peak of steep mountains that would not be permit easy access for ordinary mortals. Later, this paradise was thought to be in Heaven.”—Miura Kunio.

Actually, Miura Kunio tells about other types of immortals too. Celestial immortals (tiānxiān 天仙), earthy immortals (dìxiān 地仙), and ‘immortals’ who had obtained “release from the corps” (shījiĕ 尸解). And for those who have already died without becoming immortal there is another type, the lowest ranked guĭxiān 地仙.

Of course, this short comment doesn’t make us totally ready for reading fiction, or articles, or erotical reports, or longevity guidelines from past times, but after the ending of all comments to all volumes of encyclopedia, yes, we all, definitely, duh, shall be ready!

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