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Lishi zhenxian tidao tongjian 歷世真仙體道通鋻 "Comprehensive Mirror of Immortals who Embodied the Way Through the Ages"

The Lishi zhenxian tidao tongjian 歷世真仙體道通鋻 "Comprehensive mirror of immortals who embodied the Way through the ages", abbreviated as Xianjian 仙鋻 "Mirror of Immortals" is a 53 juan 元 (1279-1368) "scrolls" long collection of stories of immortals compiled by the Yuan period Daoist Zhao Daoyi 趙道一. Zhao Daoyi was inspired to his book because the "Confucians" possessed a comprehensive history in the shape of the Zizhi tongjian 資治通鋻 and Buddhists had already compiled a similar history, the Shishi tongjian 釋氏通鋻. He therefore wanted to compile a comprehensive history of Daoists and composed his long collection of 745 biographies, beginning with the Yellow Emperor 黃帝 and ending with persons at the end of the Song period 宋 (960-1279). There is also a supplement (Xubian 續編) of 5 juan, adding a further 34 persons from the Jin 金 (1115-1234) and Yuan periods, and a sequel (Houji 後集) of 6 juan, including 120 female immortals. The book is included in the Daoist Canon Zhengtong daozang 正統道藏.

Source: Gu Cunyun 古存云 (1988). "Shenxian zhuanji 神仙傳記", in: Zhongguo da baike quanshu 中國大百科全書, Zongjiao 宗教, pp. 350-351. Beijing/Shanghai: Zhongguo da baike quanshu chubanshe.

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