“Dual Cultivation” is mentioned in many Chinese cultivation novels. But what exactly is it? And what are these “Cauldrons” or “Furnaces” that are sometimes mentioned alongside it?
Just based on the context provided in the novels, it’s easy to get a general idea of what Dual Cultivation entails. However, the concept of Cauldrons is usually a little more difficult to grasp.
Interestingly, these two terms are closely linked and have real-world history behind them. This article will hopefully shine some light on their origin and meanings.
The phrase “Purple Qi from the East” (紫气东来 zǐqì dōng lái) occasionally appears in Chinese cultivation novels. But what exactly is it?
Immortals (仙 xiān) are beings who ascended to Immortality through Daoist cultivation practices such as internal alchemy. They have magical powers, can fly freely through the air, and have a close connection to the Dao and the natural world.
“Cores” appear quite often in Chinese cultivation novels (Xianxia, Xuanhuan, etc).
But what exactly are they?