Tales of the Taoist Immortals

Tales of the Taoist Immortals

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By (author) Eva Wong

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  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 214mm x 12mm | 180g
  • Publication date: 17 August 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Boston
  • ISBN 10: 1570628092
  • ISBN 13: 9781570628092
  • Illustrations note: ill
  • Sales rank: 388,897

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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 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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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. "