Han Xiangzi

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Han.
Zhang Lu's painting of Han Xiangzi, early 16th century

Han Xiangzi (韓湘子), courtesy name Qingfu (清夫), is one of the Eight Immortals. He was born Han Xiang during the Tang dynasty. He is said to be the nephew or grandnephew of Han Yu, a prominent statesman of Tang Court. Han Xiang studied Daoism under Lü Dongbin. Once at a banquet by Han Yu, Han Xiang tried to persuade Han Yu to give up a life of officialdom and to study magic with him. But Han Yu was adamant that Han Xiang should dedicate his life to Confucianism instead of Daoism, so Han Xiang demonstrated the power of the Dao by pouring out cup after cup of wine from the gourd without end.

Because his flute gives life, Han became a protector of flautists.

Modern depictions[edit]

In the television show Jackie Chan Adventures, Xiang was shown to be the Immortal who sealed away Hsi Wu, The Sky Demon.