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列仙傳   By: (77? BC - 6? BC)

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"列仙傳" by Xiang Liu is a fascinating and thought-provoking collection of Chinese myths and legends. The book offers a wide range of stories about immortals and legendary figures, exploring themes of mortality, nature, and the supernatural.

The author's writing style is beautifully descriptive, transporting the reader to ancient China and immersing them in a world of magic and wonder. The characters are complex and engaging, each with their own unique strengths and flaws.

I particularly enjoyed the blending of historical events with mythical elements, creating a rich tapestry of storytelling that is both entertaining and educational. The book also delves into philosophical and spiritual themes, encouraging readers to ponder the deeper mysteries of life and existence.

Overall, "列仙傳" is a captivating read that will appeal to fans of Chinese folklore and mythology. It offers a unique perspective on the world and invites readers to explore the beauty and mystery of the unknown. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in ancient legends and mystical tales.

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列仙傳 劉向著/張金嶺譯注


  赤松子者,神農時雨師也。服水玉以教神農,能入火自燒。 往往至崑崙山上,常止西王母石室中,隨風雨上下。炎帝少女追 之,亦得仙,俱去。至高辛時,復為雨師。今之雨師本是焉。

  眇眇赤松,飄飄少女。接手翻飛,泠然雙舉。縱身長風,俄 翼玄圃。妙達巽坎,作範司雨。


  寧封子者,黃帝時人也,世傳為黃帝陶正。有人過之,為其 掌火,能出五色煙,久則以教封子。封子積火自燒,而隨煙氣上 下,視其灰燼,猶有其骨。時人共葬於寧北山中。故謂之寧封子 焉。

  奇矣封子,妙稟自然。鑠質洪爐,暢氣五煙。遺骨灰燼,寄 墳寧山。人睹其跡,惡識其玄。


  馬師皇者,黃帝時馬醫也。知馬形生死之診,治之輒愈。後 有龍下,向之垂耳張口,皇曰:「此龍有病,知我能治。」乃其 下口中,以甘草湯飲之而愈。後數數有龍出其波,告而求治之。 一旦,龍負皇而去。

  師皇典馬,廄無殘駟。精感群龍,術兼殊類。靈虯報德,彌 鱗銜轡。振躍天漢,粲有遺蔚。


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