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Cultivation, or "xianxia", is a genre of fiction originating in China involving one or more characters who gain increasing power through practice of martial arts, alchemy, traditional medicine, and spiritual purification, seeking to refine themselves to be an immortal "xian".

Cultivation, or xianxia, is a genre of fiction originating in China involving one or more characters who gain increasing power through practice of martial arts, alchemy, traditional medicine, and spiritual purification, seeking to refine themselves to be an immortal xian.

The works are typically set in a world resembling ancient China with traditional magic, mythology, and monsters from that area, where a limited number of "cultivators" compete to transcend, often with deadly results. At the higher levels of cultivation, characters may attain godlike powers that bring the setting to a cosmic level.

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