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For questions about myths involving the ability to live forever, often a gift of a being from birth, which is prevalent in deities.

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What was the plant that Gilgamesh found after Utnapishtim's story?

I'm assuming that the Gilgamesh myth is fairly distinct from the Mesoamerican Fountain of Youth and the Hindu Soma, but are there any corroborating myths or other research into the details of the ...
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What mythological figures/creatures are defined as immortal observers of humanity?

I am looking for a variety of answers. Some mythological figures, such as the Watchers in 1 Enoch, are entities that chose to descend to the mortal world to copulate with humans and teach humans (in ...
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How to become immortal in Western world in compare to Chinese legends and western mythology? [duplicate]

I saw some Chinese series where were immortal people. Question is if someone knows the path how to be immortal in nowadays. Because the 1000 years Kingdom is closer and closer and it seems there is a ...
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Were any mortals made into gods?

Famous demi-gods were sometimes turned into gods. Namely: Heracles Dionysus But were there any mortals that were turned into gods, or immortal?
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Was Hermes originally mortal?

In Greek mythology the story of the birth of the god Hermes makes it sound as if he was originally mortal and that he somehow managed to bribe his way into becoming the twelfth [i.e. the last] of the ...
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Are there stories on gods turning into mortals, or losing immortality?

Besides the story in which Zeus turned Apollo and Poseidon into mortals once, are there more examples of gods losing their immortality in other mythologies as well? Not only in Greek Mythology.
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In the battle between the Olympians and the Titans, how could any of them defeat the other one?

The groups are both immortal, nobody could possibly kill or harm anybody. I always assumed that the Titans have "surrendered" and then therefore taken into captivity. But it doesn't make any sense! ...
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How do people become immortal as per Taoism?

While reading on Taoism, I came across some people who became immortal through a variety of ways. Right now, some I remember are: White Peony successfully made Lü Dongbin ejaculate and absorbed his ...
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How rare is a dead god?

Someone was telling me about deicide and I wondered, because gods are so powerful by definition, which of them are killed or from what culture are mortal gods prevalent. The only example I could think ...
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What was the Plant of Everlasting Youth? [duplicate]

In which story we can find information about the Plant of Everlasting Youth and what kind of plant it was? Did it give immortality or something else?