CHINESE ALCHEMY

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Muslim alchemy borrowed some concepts from Chinese Taoist alchemy, such as the search for an elixir of immortality, the belief that all metals have the same essence so it should be possible to change lead into gold, and the interest in compounds formed by adding sulfur to mercury.
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Chinese rabbit mixing the elixir of eternal life on the moon

The Muslim alchemy search for an elixir of eternal life was derived from Chinese myths, possibly brought to the Greek-speaking Mideast by the army of Alexander The Great.

ALEXANDER THE GREAT
In the 4th century BC, Aristotle likely obtained some of his knowledge of alchemy from Yuhin (probably Chinese), who had been sent by the ruler of India to Alexander the Great.

GREEKS BORROWING FROM CHINESE
Some concepts of alchemists in Alexandria Egypt were similar to Chinese Taoist alchemy such as the search for an elixir of immortality, the belief that all metals have the same essence so it should be possible to change lead into gold, and the interest in compounds formed by adding sulfur to mercury.
Image from embroidery on an emperor’s robe, via Wikimedia Commons.
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