吕祖Fu You Di Jun Lu Zu
(Also known as: Lu Yan (吕岩), Lu Dong Bin (吕洞宾), Chun Yang Zi (纯阳子), Hui Yang Zi (回阳子))
A bronze statue with a gold gilt. This deity, in an attentive and upright poise, holds a duster in one hand and carries a precious sword on his back.
Fu You Di Jun’s original name was Lu Yan (吕岩). Legend has it that when he was born (April 14, 798 A.D.), a white crane descended from the sky into his mother’s room. Despite his intelligence, Lu Yan did not have much luck in the Imperial Examinations. By the time his results got into the top three, he was already sixty-four years old. Travelling in despair around Chang An City, he met Zhong Li Quan who tested him with ten difficult temptations and dilemmas. Afterwards, Zhong Li Quan taught him the Tian Dun Swordplay (天遁剑法), and Long Hu Jin Dan Mi Wen(龙虎金丹秘文) – the essence of internal alchemy in achieving immortality. The root of his Taoism cultivation was based on his mercy to help and save others, he also shifted the focus from external alchemy to internal alchemy; and used the sword of wisdom to cut off his greed, his lust and his troubles. He had significant contributions to the development of Taoism in North Song Dynasty. He was honoured in North Song Dynasty as “Miao Tong Zhen Ren” (妙通真人), later by Emperor Shi Zu of Yuan Dynasty (元世祖) first as “Chun Yang Yan Zheng Jing Hua Zhen Jun” (纯阳演正警化真君), and later as “Chun Yang Yan Zheng Jing Hua Fu You Di Jun” (纯阳演正警化孚佑帝君)。