The ‘White Dragon King” – the mystic known for his legendary ability to bless Hong Kong celebrities into becoming highly successful – has died. He was 76.
Chow Yam-nam, also called a “living saint,” died of respiratory disease on Saturday morning at his home in Thailand.
Celebrity followers of the “White Dragon King” include Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Andy Lau Tak-wah and Jackie Chan Kong-sang.
He was 76 and in poor health. There is no word on a “successor”. His wife said their daughter does not have the “ability”. The news made front page headlines in Asia. Here is more about the prevalence of mysticism in Asia:
Superstitions have a long history in Asian countries. In China, they were suppressed during the Mao Zedong era, only to come back in a stronger wave in recent years. And curiously, this time more rich and powerful people are on board.
It is possible that in a society that is not transparent enough, fame, wealth and power seem to come and go at random. Those longing for these things or who are worried about losing them are more likely to seek the help of mysterious powers than take a logical approach.
The author of this piece notes that Chow Yam-nam often gave just sensible advice that encouraged self-control such as “try to be nice to people,” “curb your temper,” “take care of your parents,” and “focus on work.” It had nothing to do with any magical power. Again, we see these mystical people more as “life coaches” with a air of mystery.
Tip and extra info courtesy of Tim Farley