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by Micha F. Lindemans
The ancient Chinese Taoist god of long life and luck. Shou-lao is the popular name of Shou-xing, the stellar deity of longevity. He is usually portrayed with an enormous head, carrying a long staff and a pumpkin gourd, which contains the water of life. In his other hand he holds the peach of immortality, sometimes with a crane on top of that (both are symbols of immortality).

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