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Ch: Dongfang Shuo (ca 154-93 BC). A Chinese Daoist immortal of the Western Jin associated with the peaches of immortality. His biography is documented in the Shenxian Tonqlu (Jp:SHINSEN TSUUROKU _å’ʘ^). From Pingyuan •½Œ´ in Shandong ŽR“Œ, his family name was Zhang (Jp: Chou ’£) his given name Shaoping (Jp: Shouhei ­•½), and he used the pseudonym azana Žš Manqian (Jp: Mansen ™Ö˜è). He served Han emperor Wudi (Jp: *Kan Butei Š¿•’é), amusing him with his intelligence and wit. One anecdote tells of Dongfang drinking the emperor's wine of immortality, whereupon the emperor ordered his death. Dongfang responded that if the wine was genuine then he could not be killed, but if it was not genuine then there was no harm in drinking it. Eventually he ascended to heaven on the back of a dragon. Dongfang Shuo was said to be the incarnation of the star Venus (Ch: Jinxing, Jp: Kinsei ‹à¯) and the patron deity of gold and silver smiths. In painting Dongfang often is illustrated holding peaches, iconography based on the story of his stealing the peaches of immortality from the Queen Mother of the West (Jp: Seioubo ¼‰¤•ê). See *Seioubo Tououfu ¼‰¤•êE“Œ‰¤•ƒ.
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