Chinese Immortality: Elixirs and Enlightened Beings


The Eight Immortals Play Mah-Jong. Zhiguang Xie, 1925. VCG Wilson/Corbis via Getty Images
The Eight Immortals Play Mah-Jong. Zhiguang Xie, 1925. VCG Wilson/Corbis via Getty Images

From deathless beheaded warriors and sacrificial heroines to mystical hermits, Chinese mythology is rich with tales of the undying. After all, the notion of immortality is as old as recorded history, so it makes sense to find a diverse, uniquely Chinese take on the trope. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, join Robert and Joe as they contemplate tales and traditions from Taoist sorcery, alchemy and Chinese folktales.

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Topics in this Podcast: China, immortality, mythology