Shenxian zhuan 神仙傳 (Biographies of Spirits and Immortals) is a Chinese text written by Eastern Jin 東晉 Daoist writer Ge Hong 葛洪 (283–343) in the 4th century.
Bits of informationEdit
A 10 juan 卷 ("scrolls", or "chapters") long collection of supernatural stories and biographies. It contains a biography of men such as the Daoist immortal Zhang (Dao) Ling and the man who cursed Sun Ce, Gan Ji, among many others.
In the preface to this text Ge Hong wrote that the book should serve his disciples' as proof that immortality is an achievable feat.
Fragments in Records of the Three KingdomsEdit
Book of Shu 2 - Biography of the Former Lord (Liu Bei)Edit
- “Ge Hong's Shenxian zhuan states: 'There was sage called Li Yiqi 李意期, a native of Shu. [...] When the Former Lord 先主 was about to attack Wu, he asked someone to invite Li Yiqi to come. When Li Yiqi arrived, the Former Lord treated him very generously. The Former Lord wanted to ask him to divine the future. Li Yiqi did not respond but asked for paper and a brush. On the pieces of paper, he drew many pictures of troops. Then he ripped up every page. Then he drew a man on a page, buried it in the ground, and then he left. The Former Lord then became deeply worried. He personally led troops to attack Wu but was defeated. The Former Lord was very sad which led to sickness and later died. The people finally realised the meaning of this divination. When Li Yiqi drew a man on the paper and buried it, it meant that the Former Lord was going to die.'” 
Book of Wu 4 - Biography of Shi XieEdit
- “Ge Hong's Shenxian zhuan states: 'Three days after Shi Xie died of illness, the immortal Dong Feng 董奉 gave him a pharmaceutical pill. Upon Dong Feng shaking his head to swallow the pill, Shi Xie’s eyes immediately opened and his arms could move again. His facial appearance gradually returned to normal; in half a day’s time, he was able to sit up; after four days, he was able to speak again; thereupon returning to normal. Dong Feng styled Junyi 君異 was a man from Houguan 侯官.'”
Book of Wu 18 - Chen Shou CommentsEdit
Read the Shenxian zhuan online (Chinese)Edit
- Shenxian zhuan chapter 1
- Shenxian zhuan chapter 2
- Shenxian zhuan chapter 3
- Shenxian zhuan chapter 4
- Shenxian zhuan chapter 5
- Shenxian zhuan chapter 6
- Shenxian zhuan chapter 7
- Shenxian zhuan chapter 8
- Shenxian zhuan chapter 9
- Shenxian zhuan chapter 10
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 De Crespigny. The Records of the Three Kingdoms, page 72
- ↑ 葛洪《神仙傳》 (“Ge Hong's Shenxian zhuan”)
Chen Shou. "Book of Shu 3" in Records of the Three Kingdoms, cited by Pei Songzhi.
- ↑ Crowell, Record of The Three Kingdoms: The History of Shu Fascicle Two: “The Former Lord”.