Li Shao-chün

Chinese - A 2nd C BC. Alchemist. He appealed to Tsao Chün for the gift of eternal youth and persuaded the emperor that he too would become immortal. He tried to deceive the emperor, saying that the recipe he needed was hidden inside an ox and so the beast was killed. A piece of silk with characters written on it was found in the animal's stomach - which was not surprising since Li had given it to the animal to eat. For this crude deception he was executed. Known as Li Shao-chün.

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