LI TIEGUAI (Li T’ieh-kuai)

 

 

A disciple of the Tao master Lao Tzu, Li is usually depicted as a lame, deformed beggar bearing a gourd filled with magical medicines leaning on an iron crutch. His potions have the power to heal the dying and even raise the dead.

According to one tale, Li’s body is not his own but that of a dead beggar he found in a forest. Li’s own body was prematurely cremated when his soul journeyed forth on a mission for Lao Tzu, so his spirit was compelled to find a new home.

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