Yao Wang

Chinese - A hermit-physician, later deified. He was said to live on air and wine and once saved the life of a snake and removed a bone lodged in a tiger's throat. The grateful feline guarded the physician's house thereafter. When he was taken to the home of the dragonking, Ching Yang, the king's daughter thanked him for saving her child's life - the snake had been that child. As a deity, he became head of the Ministry of Medicine. Occasionally called Yao Wang, Ch'ien, Ch'ien or Yao Wang.

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