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Eight Immortals in Chinese / Japanese...

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Eight Immortals

China bā xiān
Japan hassen
Eight Immortals Vertical Wall Scroll

八仙 is the Chinese title for the Eight Immortals of Daoist / Taoist mythology. In Japanese, this can be the given name Hassen.

Immortal

China xiān
Japan sento / sen
Immortal Vertical Wall Scroll

仙 means immortal (as in a being or person).

In some context, it can mean hermit, ascetic, man of the hills, or wizard. The Buddha is often put in this category.

In Chinese mythology and folklore, there is a famous group of eight immortals (八仙).

The 楞嚴經 (Śūraṅgama Sūtra) speaks of many kinds of immortals including walkers on the earth, fliers, wanderers at will (into space or into the deva heavens), beings with the ability to transform themselves into any form, etc.


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin xiān / xian1
Taiwan hsien
Japanese sen / せん
Immortal Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese immortal
Japanese hermit; wizard; (personal name) Hisa; (personal name) Nori; (personal name) Sonhi; (personal name) Senji; (surname, female given name) Sen
僊 ṛṣi, 哩始 an immortal. 仙人; 人仙 the genī, of whom there is a famous group of eight 八仙; an ascetic, a man of the hills, a hermit; the Buddha. The 楞嚴經 gives ten kinds of immortals, walkers on the earth, fliers, wanderers at will, into space, into the deva heavens, transforming themselves into any form, etc. The names of ten ṛṣis, who preceded Śākyamuni, the first being 闍提首那? Jatisena; there is also a list of sixty-eight 大仙 given in the 大孔雀咒經下 A classification of five is 天仙 deva genī, 神仙 spirit genī, 人仙 human genī, 地仙 earth, or cavern genī, and 鬼仙 ghost genī.

八仙

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Mandarin bā xiān / ba1 xian1
Taiwan pa hsien
Japanese hassen / はっせん
Immortal Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese the Eight Immortals (Daoist mythology)
Japanese (given name) Hassen

霓裳

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Mandarin ní cháng / ni2 chang2
Taiwan ni ch`ang / ni chang
Chinese nichang, rainbow colored clothes worn by the Eight Immortals 八仙[Ba1 xian1]; Nichang, abbr. for the Tang Dynasty song "Raiment of Rainbows and Feathers" 霓裳羽衣曲[Ni2 chang2 yu3 yi1 qu1] or 霓裳羽衣舞[Ni2 chang2 yu3 yi1 wu3]

呂洞賓


吕洞宾

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Mandarin lǚ dòng bīn / lu:3 dong4 bin1
Taiwan lü tung pin
Chinese Lü Dongbin (796-), Tang Dynasty scholar, one of the Eight Immortals 八仙[Ba1 xian1]

李鐵拐

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Mandarin lǐ tiě guǎi / li3 tie3 guai3
Taiwan li t`ieh kuai / li tieh kuai
Chinese Iron-Crutch Li, one of the Eight Immortals 八仙[Ba1 xian1] in Chinese mythology, walking around with an iron crutch and carrying a gourd with special medicine

八仙過海,各顯神通


八仙过海,各显神通

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Mandarin bā xiān guò hǎi , gè xiǎn shén tōng / ba1 xian1 guo4 hai3 , ge4 xian3 shen2 tong1
Taiwan pa hsien kuo hai , ko hsien shen t`ung / pa hsien kuo hai , ko hsien shen tung
Chinese lit. the Eight Immortals cross the sea, each showing his own special talent (idiom); fig. (of each individual in a group) to give full play to one's unique capabilities

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Eight Immortals八仙hassen / hasenbā xiān / ba1 xian1 / ba xian / baxianpa hsien / pahsien
Immortalsento / senxiān / xian1 / xianhsien



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