In Ancient Greece you had Hermaphroditos, but all across the world, in Ancient China, you also had this sweet li'l dude… uh, chick by the name of Lan Caihe.
See, what makes him/her really badass is that he is actually a hermaphrodite. Fo’ shiz. No one knows if s/he is either male or female, and all these lazy artist people just go, gah. I'mma paint him/her as either one and be done with it - see above.
Anyhow, Lan Caihe was somethin’ of a child prodigy, ‘cause he showed his family that he could memorize longass chunks of poetry, which is kind of like memorizing all of Shakespeare’s sonnets or whatever. But his mum died, his dad re-married, and yeah yeah, the evil stepmum came and treated him badly, so life really sucked for this little guy. I mean, girl.
Anyhow, he met this lame beggar bringing someone back to life - and yup, you guessed it - it’s our homie Tieguai Li. Lan Caihe was real smart, so he asked Li to make him immortal, going, “Oh please please please please!” So Li was all, “k, but you gotta meet me at the River Viewing Pavilion,” because Chinese people love Pavilions, and they totally had to include one in this story.
K, so Lan Caihe and a group of people went to meet Li at the Pavilion, and Li was all, “You wanna be immortal? You jump on the raft.”
But the raft was just some tiny leaf. Everyone was all, man, this sucks balls, but Caihe was all, I really wanna do this 'cause it means escaping from my step-mum and shiz. So he jumped.
The leaf became so huge-ass, and it rose into the sky with Caihe, with Li accompanying him/her. That’s how they became bros. Or siblings, whichever.
Lan Caihe is famous for having a pair of Jade Clappers, which is kinda like the equivalent of a beat-box. S/He can rap faster than 50 cent or Kanye West, 'cause his clappers help him/her out with the beat. S/He’s also the patron saint of florists, and represents the outsiders of society, y'know, those who fall through the cracks. S/He loves his/her wine, so you can invite him/her to your dance party, and maybe h/she’ll deejay for you.
How cool is that?
Anyway, there are variations in this legend. Some other says he was drinking wine in a restaurant and saw some pretty pink clouds so whoosh! He jumped up on them and was spirited away. There are lots more variations of how he came to be, and some even say that it wasn’t Tieguai Li but Han Zhongli [another immortal we’ll look at later] who dared him to.