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Gunpowder and the Golden Elixir

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If there is one question that I’ve never asked in our Muzzle Loading Instructor course is what motivated the ancient Chinese to invent gun powder (aka…black powder). Generally, we just tell the class who created black powder, then quickly moving on to the next topic. 

So, the question is….What motivated these ancients to create gunpowder?  

The short answer is, is gunpowder was invented while trying to create a potion for immortality! The “Golden Elixir”.  https://www.goldenelixir.com/publications/eot_jindan.html

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