THE REVERTED ELIXIR

In the previous post, we read that the Daoists believed that the universe formed in a number of steps from unity to duality or yin and yang, to the five elements (water, fire, earth, wood and metal) and finally to the 'ten thousands things' that we see around us in our daily lives.


The task of the alchemist became to reverse this process, bringing matter back to the elements, then to yin and yang and finally to the unity or Dao, from which the world was created.


Since the Dao was consideres eternal, it was believed that ingesting this matter would make someone immortal.


the great world history book stephan dinkgreve chinese alchemy elixir of immortality dao huandan reverted red cinnabar

the great world history book stephan dinkgreve chinese alchemy elixir of immortality dao huandan reverted red cinnabar

the great world history book stephan dinkgreve chinese alchemy elixir of immortality dao huandan reverted red cinnabar

the great world history book stephan dinkgreve chinese alchemy elixir of immortality dao huandan reverted red cinnabar

the great world history book stephan dinkgreve chinese alchemy elixir of immortality dao huandan reverted red cinnabar mercury sulphur

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