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Lan Cai-he

by Micha F. Lindemans
One of the Chinese Ba Xian. He is dressed in rags, wears a belt made of black wood, and wears a boot on one feet while the other one is bare. In summer he would wear a thick overcoat but dress lightly in winter. His breath is like hot steam.

According to legend he roamed the streets as a beggar, accompanying his songs with castanets, drunk most of the time. When people gave him money, he would string the coins on a cord which he dragged behind him. One day he entered an inn, stripped off his clothes, and disappeared into the clouds, riding on a crane.

Lan Cai-he is sometimes portrayed with female features. In his hand he carries a basket of flowers.

The name of Lan Cai-he in traditional Chinese format.
The name of Lan Cai-he in traditional Chinese format.


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  • Also known as:
    Lan Ts'ai-ho

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