A Gallery of Chinese Immortals: Selected Biographies Translated from Chinese Sources 列仙传 Liu Xiang 劉向

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A Gallery of Chinese Immortals: Selected Biographies Translated from Chinese Sources 列仙传  by  Liu Xiang 劉向

A Gallery of Chinese Immortals: Selected Biographies Translated from Chinese Sources 列仙传 by Liu Xiang 劉向
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A Gallery of Chinese Immortals (Liexian Zhuan) is a Chinese classic first compiled by Liu Xiang (c. 79-8 BCE), and was the first Daoist hagiography, translated by Lionel Giles in 1948. It contains brief biographies, with editorial notes, for earlyMoreA Gallery of Chinese Immortals (Liexian Zhuan) is a Chinese classic first compiled by Liu Xiang (c. 79-8 BCE), and was the first Daoist hagiography, translated by Lionel Giles in 1948.

It contains brief biographies, with editorial notes, for early Daoist figures such as Huangdi and Laozi, who are reputed to have been xian (仙 transcendent- immortal- celestial being- fairy- genie). In the description of Giles, the Liexian Zhuan: contains tersely worded notices of 72 persons of every rank and station, ranging from purely mythical beings to hermits, heroes, and men and women of the common people.《列仙传》是中国第一部流传下来的关于神仙人物的传记,作者不可考,但一般署名刘向。《列仙传》把散见于先秦诸子中关于神仙的事迹进行了搜索和整理,宣扬世上存在神仙,凡人也可以成为神仙。全书记上古、三代、秦汉之神仙,起于赤松子,终于玄俗(汉成帝时仙人)。《正统道藏》本列传70人,但据《真诰》记载“刘向撰列仙亦七十二人”。《云笈七籤》节载48人,这本书开了后世神仙传记的先河,后来的神仙传记多依此为据。



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