Ho Hsien-ku

Chinese - Goddess of housewives. One of the Eight Immortals. Daughter of Ho T'ai. She was the daughter of a 7th C shopkeeper and, having eaten a magic peach, became a fairy who, living on moonbeams and powdered mother-ofpearl, was immortal. She was born with just six hairs on her head and no more ever grew. When she was attacked by a demon, Lu Tung-pin killed the demon with his magic sword. Her emblem is the lotus flower and is sometimes depicted with a fly-whisk or drinking wine. Occasionally identified as Ho Hsien-ku, Damsel Ho, Damsel Ho, Ho Hsien-gu, Japanese Kasenko or Japanese Kasenko.

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