Longevity stories

In the Bible, there are many stories of persons living for well over a hundred years – some for several hundred.

[Note: I correct common translational errors in the Genesis 5 genealogy in Restored English Translation of Genesis: Chapter 5; the following list represents the true ages of the Genesis 5 patriarchs, which while sometimes shorter than traditionally given, are still pretty damn long!]

Adam – 930

Seth – 912

Enos – 905

Cainan – 910

Mahalalel – 895

Jared – 847

Enoch – 365 (he would have been considered a spring chicken!)

Methuselah – 720

Lamech – 653

Noah – 950

And there are many more examples one could give.  Many consider these as “proof” that the Bible is a bunch of fairy stories.  After all, how could anyone live so long?

Science, however, has found that there is theoretically no limit to how long a human may live.  In fact, there is a gene present in humans that, when “turned on”, would allow humans to live for hundreds of years.  It is currently turned “off” in most people.  And Yehovah/God said that “his [man’s] days will be 120 years” (Beresheet/Genesis 6:3), so no-one since very ancient times has lived for hundreds of years.

Or have they? What YAH said in Genesis was actually referring to how many years there were until the Flood.  While it could apply to human lifespan – and generally appears to nowadays – the historical record provides some dispute of that.

The oldest modern person whose age historians are willing to acknowledge was Jeanne Calment (1875-1997), who died at the age of 122.  However, there are records of much older persons.

The following are all living people who are older than 120:

  • Salma Abdulqadir (born 1897), aged 121; resident of Iraq
  • Swami Sivananda (born 1896), aged 121; resident of India
  • Tanzilya Bisembeyeva (born 1896), aged 122; resident of Russia
  • Appaz Ilev (born 1896), aged 122; resident of Russia
  • Juana Sanchez Lopez (born 1896), aged 122; resident of Mexico
  • Tian Longyu (born 1893), aged 125; resident of China
  • Ajiben Chandravadia (born 1891), aged 127; resident of India
  • Maria Lucimar Pereira (born 1890), aged 127; resident of Brazil
  • Koku Istambulova (born 1889), aged 129; resident of Russia

Other persons who have lived to similar ages are:

Name Sex Reported birth date Death date or latest report Reported age Place of death/latest residence
Zhang Daoling[106] M 15 January 34 9 September 156 122 years, 238 days Han Dynasty
William Johnson[70] M 8 May 1881 15 May 2009 128 years, 7 days United States
Turupu Aimaiti[101][102] M 5 February 1892 fl. 26 February 2015 123 years, 21 days China
Tshinyelo Dora Muzila[77] F 4 May 1880 14 January 2008 127 years, 255 days South Africa
Swami Kalyan Dev[65] M 26 June 1876 12 July 2004 128 years, 16 days India
Shukhrat Aliyeva[104] F 1 January 1887 1 December 2009 122 years, 334 days Brazil
Sarah Hoover[65] F 25 June 1874 15 December 1996 122 years, 173 days United States
Safiah Ujang[67] F 11 February 1889 26 October 2017 128 years, 257 days Malaysia
Petronila Opol[64] F 21 October 1851 7 February 1981 129 years, 109 days Philippines
Oberia Coffin[65] F 1 December 1883 18 October 2006 122 years, 321 days United States
Nuri Öztunç[83] M 1 July 1885 6 March 2011 125 years, 248 days Turkey
Nicolas Savin[78] M 17 April 1768 29 November 1894 126 years, 226 days Russia
Nguyễn Thị Trù[99][100] F 4 May 1893 12 July 2016 123 years, 69 days Vietnam
Nehemiah Ndur[105] M 25 February 1890 10 December 2012 122 years, 289 days Nigeria
Mary Ewen[66] F 5 May 1878 10 April 2007 128 years, 340 days Jamaica
Mariam Amash[88][89][90] F c. 1888 22 December 2012 approx. 124 years Israel
Maria Verissimo de Matos[86][87] F 5 June 1888 17 June 2012 124 years, 12 days Brazil
Maria Gonçalves dos Santos[79] F 24 June 1890 15 December 2016 126 years, 174 days Brazil
Maria Etelvina dos Santos[65] F 15 July 1878 8 March 2003 124 years, 236 days Brazil
Maria do Carmo Gerônimo[65] F 5 March 1871 14 June 2000 129 years, 101 days Brazil
Margarita Lacsi[80][81][82] F 30 March 1878 27 May 2004 126 years, 58 days Argentina
Mamie Evans[65] F 2 July 1872 15 January 1995 122 years, 197 days United States
Luo Meizhen[71][72] F 9 July 1885 9 June 2013 127 years, 335 days China
Luang Pu Chant Siri[74][75] M 10 April 1849 23 February 1977 127 years, 319 days Thailand
Live Larsdatter[103] F 6 August 1575 9 July 1698 122 years, 337 days Denmark
Leandra Becerra Lumbreras F 31 August 1887 19 March 2015 127 years, 200 days Mexico
Juana Chox Yac[91][92][93][94] F 29 November 1893 27 September 2017 123 years, 302 days Guatemala
Juana Bautista de la Candelaria Rodríguez[73] F 2 February 1885 24 December 2012 127 years, 326 days Cuba
Juan Ramos[65] M 24 June 1880 24 January 2006 125 years, 214 days United States
José del Rosario Serrano[68][69] M 5 March 1881 24 April 2009 128 years, 50 days Colombia
José Aguinelo dos Santos[63] M 7 July 1888 20 December 2017 129 years, 166 days Brazil
Jackson Pollock[65] M 25 December 1869 7 September 1995 125 years, 304 days United States
Hu Yeh-mei[84] F 10 February 1885 24 August 2009 124 years, 195 days Taiwan
Hava Rexha[65] F 14 August 1880 8 November 2003 123 years, 86 days Albania
Halim Solmaz[76] F 1 July 1884 29 March 2012 127 years, 272 days Turkey
Elizabeth Israel[65] F 27 January 1875 14 October 2003 128 years, 260 days Dominica
Dora Jacobs[65] F 6 May 1880 19 January 2003 122 years, 258 days South Africa
Daw Mya Kyi[95][96][97][98] F 9 October 1892 fl. 17 May 2016 123 years, 221 days Myanmar
David Peterson[65] M 22 November 1850 31 May 1973 122 years, 190 days United States
Cruz Hernández[65] F 3 May 1878 8 March 2007 128 years, 309 days El Salvador
Carmelo Flores Laura M 16 July 1890 9 June 2014 123 years, 328 days Bolivia
Benito Martínez Abrogán[65] M 19 June 1880 11 October 2006 126 years, 114 days Cuba
Arthur Reed[65] M 28 June 1860 15 April 1984 123 years, 292 days Brazil
Armando Frid[65][85] M 24 May 1866 28 July 1990 124 years, 65 days Argentina
Anna Visser[65] F 25 December 1878 8 January 2004 125 years, 14 days Namibia
Ana Martinha da Silva[65] F 25 August 1880 27 July 2004 123 years, 337 days Brazil
Ali Ben Mohamed El Amri[61][62] M 5 October 1880 30 September 2010 129 years, 360 days Tunisia
Aberewa Grace[65] F 16 August 1878 18 January 2004 125 years, 155 days Ghana

Source: Longevity Claims.

And these are the MILD cases of longevity!

This list includes modern claims of longevity of 130 and older.

Name Alleged birthday Death Alleged age Country Notes
and references
Abdel Wali Numan 1865 2007 142  Yemen [34]
Aisha Heddou 1865 Living? 152–153  Morocco [35]
Ajko Omerovitch 1804 1934-12 133–134  Bosnia and Herzegovina [36]
Alhaji Abdu Sikola 1880 2015-04-26 134–135  Nigeria [37]
Ali Al-Alakmi 1871 2018 146–147  Saudi Arabia [38]
Ali bin Abdullah bin Ezab 1866 2006-12-14 159–160  United Arab Emirates [39][40]
Ali Mohammed Hussein 1862 1997 134–135  Lebanon [41]
Anton Pilya 1830 1965 134–135  Georgia [42]
Antisa Khvichava 1880 2012 132  Georgia [43]
Bashir Al Saalmi 1873 2010 136–137  Oman [44]
Bir Narayan Chaudhary 1856 1998 141–142    Nepal
Reportedly lived to age 142, though he had no birth certificate to authenticate this because such documents did not exist in rural Nepal at the time of his reported birth.[45] However, in 1998 King Birendra of Nepal recognized and honored the elderly resident of the small Tharu village of Aamjhoki in Nepal’s Tarai region as the oldest man in the kingdom.[46] His age of 142 was meticulously verified by Nepal’s Ministry of Archaeology based on astrological charts made at the time of his birth.[citation needed]
Cécilé Tshibola 1880 2010 129–130  Congo-Kinshasa [47]
Charlie Smith 1842 1979 136–137  United States
[48] Prior to Smith’s death, the Guinness Book of World Records had called his claim into question, noting that Smith’s marriage certificate from 1910 stated that he was 35 years old at the time, which would make him 104 years old at the time of his death.[49]
Chesten Marchant 1511 1676 164–165  United Kingdom
Said to have been the last monolingual speaker of Cornish, died in 1676 at Gwithian, Cornwall. She is reported to have reached the age of 164 by one source (the claim apparently going back to either William Scawen[50] or, according to Henry Jenner, to William Borlase.)[51]
Colestein Veglin 1261–1260 ? (arrested in 1876) 615  United States
According to the July 20, 1876 edition of The New York Times,[52] a man arrested in Newark, NJ named Colestein Veglin claimed to be 615 years old and to have 6 wives, all living. Following this proclamation, he was taken to an insane asylum for two days.[53]
Dhaqabo Ebba 1853 2015-06-10 161–162  Ethiopia
A farmer living in Oromia, Ethiopia and, being 162 years old, purported to be the World’s Oldest Person. He claimed to remember the 1895 Italian invasion of Ethiopia and that at the time he had 2 wives and a son old enough to herd cattle. Prior to his death, he laid claim to the largest extended family in his region and had allegedly seen his great-grandchildren into adulthood. He died at 11:30 pm on 10 May 2015, at the supposed age of 163 years, survived by, among others, an allegedly 128-year-old son, Ahmed Daqabo (b.1886/7). Like most rural Ethiopians, Ebba did not possess a birth certificate and his age cannot, therefore, be verified.[54][55][56]
Mrs. Eckleston 1548 1691 143  United Kingdom
Felix Bocobo 1833-10-3 1963-10-16 130  Philippines [58]
Feroz-ud-Din Mir 1872-03-10 2014-08-29 142  Pakistan [59]
Gabriel Umeh Enemuo 1864 2015-04-28 150–151  Nigeria [60]
Halime Olcay 1874-07-01 Living? 144  Turkey [61][62]
Henry Jenkins 1501 1670-12 168–169  United Kingdom
A brief biography of Henry Jenkins, of Ellerton-on-Swale, Yorkshire, was written by Anne Saville in 1663 based on Jenkins’s description, stating birth in 1501; he also claimed to recall the 1513 Battle of Flodden Field.[63] However, Jenkins also testified in 1667, in favor of Charles Anthony in a court case against Calvert Smythson, that he was then only 157–thereabouts.[64] He was born in Bolton-on-Swale,[33] and the date given, 17 May 1500,[65] results in only a 1-year discrepancy with the age of 169 on his monument (he died 8 December 1670).[66]
James Olofintuyi 1844-08-16 Living? 173  Nigeria [67]
Javier Pereira 1789 1955–58 165–169  Colombia
A Zenú Indian from Colombia who was reputedly over 160 years old at the time of his death. Although his death is variously said to have been in 1955, 1956, and 1958, sources all claim that he was born in 1789.[68]
Johanna Ramatse 1883-01-01 2017-05-31 134  South Africa [69]
Jon Andersson 1582-02-18 1729-04-18 147  Sweden [70]
Josefa Molina Lantz 1831-04-30 2006 174–175  Venezuela [71]
Joseph Surrington 1637 1797 159–160  United Kingdom [33]
Khanum Hasno 1877 2013 135–136  Afghanistan [72]
Klayonoh Bleaorplue 1863-03-07 2016-08-02 153  Liberia [73]
Li Ching Yuen 1677 / 1736 1933 196–197 / 255–256  Republic of China
 Qing Dynasty
A New York Times story announced the death on 5 May 1933 in Kai Xian, Sichuan, at the age of 197, of the Republic of China‘s Li Ching-Yuen (李青云, Li Qing Yun), who claimed to be born in 1736.[74] A Time article noted that “respectful Chinese preferred to think” Li was 150 in 1827 (birth 1677), based on a government congratulatory message, and died at age 256.[75] T’ai chi ch’uan master Da Liu stated that Li learned qigong from a hermit over age 500.[76]
Louisa Truxo 1610 1785 174–175  Argentina
The London Chronicle on 5 September 1785, reported the history of Louisa Truxo, who supposedly lived until the age of 175 years (1610?–1785).[77]
Maftei Pop 1804-06-12 1952-03-15 147  Romania [78]
Margaret Patten 1601–1602 1739 137  United Kingdom [32]
Maritina Vangatala 1879 Living? 138–139  Solomon Islands [79]
Maria Olivia da Silva 1880-02-28 2010-07-08 130  Brazil [80][81][82]
Mohammed bin Masoud 1861 2014-02-27 152–153  Oman [83]
Mohammed bin Zarei 1858–1859 2013 153–155  Saudi Arabia [84]
Moloko Temo 1874-07-04 2009-09-03 135  South Africa [85]
Mubarak Rahmani Messe 1874 2014-01-11 140  Algeria
Died in 2014, allegedly at 140 years of age, in El Oued Province, Algeria, and was survived by 100 grandsons. According to family members, Rahmani had spent much of his early life in the Algerian Desert and later held various challenging occupations, including in construction, farming and herding. He was hospitalised for the first time in 2012, with a stomach complaint. His diet, referred to as “natural”, consisted largely of dates, wheat flour, sheep’s milk, and green tea.[86]
Mzee Barnabas Kiptanui Arap Rop 1879 2012-03-08 132–133  Kenya [87]
Ntame Zambezi 1880 2011-07-13 131–130  Botswana [88]
Omar Abas 1857-09-26 2002-09-1/14 144  Malaysia [89][90][91][92]
Opanyin Kwaku Addae 1851-12-25 2011 159–160  Ghana [93]
Pa Aki Onoforere 1839 2009 169–170  Nigeria [94]
Peter Czartan 1539 1724 184  Hungary
Netherlands envoy Hamelbraning reported in 1724 of the death in Rofrosh, Hungary, on January 5 of Peter Czartan, reportedly born 1539 and age 184.[33] Charles Hulbert, who reported Czartan’s case in an 1825 collection, added that John (172) and his wife Sara[95] (164) both died in Hungary in 1741 after 148 years of marriage.[33] The Book Validation of Exceptional Longevity has the old couples last name as Rowin,[95] while The Virgin Birth And The Incarnation puts John and Sara’s married name as Rovin.[33]
Peter Torton 1539 1724 185  United Kingdom [32]
Sarhat Rashidova 1875 2007 131  Russian Empire
 Soviet Union
Shirali Muslimov 1805-03-26 1973-09-04 168  Azerbaijan
 Soviet Union
An Azerbaijani[96] shepherd with Talysh ethnicity from the village of Barzavu in the Lerik region of Azerbaijan, a mountainous area near the Iranian border. He claimed to be the oldest person who ever lived when he died on September 2, 1973 at the alleged age of 168 years, 162 days, based solely on a passport. National Geographic carried the claim.[97] The oldest woman in the USSR according to the Novosti Press Agency was supposed to have been Ashura Omarova from Daghestan, aged 195.[98][99]
Sylvester Magee 1841-05-29 1971-10-15 130  United States [100]
Thomas Cam 1381 1588 207  United Kingdom
The Shoreditch burial register for 28 January 1588 reads “Aged 207 years. Holywell Street. Thomas Cam”[101]–”Carn”, which supplied a traditional birth year of 1381.[33] According to Old and New London, “the 2 should probably be 1”.[101] Chapter 2 of Falun Gong by Li Hongzhi (2001) states, “According to records, there was a person in Britain named Femcath who lived for 207 years.”[16]
Thomas Damme 1494–1495 1649 154  United Kingdom
The parish registers of Church Minshull, in the county of Chester, state, “1649 Thomas Damme of Leighton. Buried the 20th of February, being of the age of Seven-score and fourteen” (154 years), signed by vicar T. Holford and wardens T. Kennerly and John Warburton.[33]
Thomas Parr 1482–1483 1635 152  United Kingdom
The case as recorded in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. William Harvey carried out a postmortem on him, according to Easton. Parr is buried in Westminster Abbey with his alleged age on the gravestone.
Thomas Newman 1388–1389 1542 153  United Kingdom
A tombstone in Brislington, Bristol, reads, “1542 THOMAS NEWMAN AGED 153 This Stone was new faced in the Year 1771 to Perpetuate the Great Age of the Deceased.”[102]
Turinah 1853-06-07 2012-06-07 159  Indonesia
 Dutch East Indies
Tuti Yusupova 1880-07-01 2015-03-28 134  Uzbekistan [106]
Waebido Ayohayi 1886 Living? 131–132  Thailand (RTGS from Thai: แวบีเดาะ อาเยาะหะยี) (born 1886)[107][108][109]
William Edwards 1499–1500 1668-02-24 168  United Kingdom
A tombstone in Cachen churchyard near Cardiff, Glamorganshire, read, “Heare lieth the body of WILLIAM EDWARDS, of the Cairey, who departed this life the 24th of February, Anno Domini 1668, anno aetatis suae one hundred and sixty-eight”.[33]
Wordu Grace Wamanda 1869-05 2014-10 145  Nigeria [110]

Source: Longevity “myths”

Piast Kołodziej, king of Poland, died in 861 at the alleged age of 120 (birth 740/741).[32]

Welsh bard Llywarch Hen (Heroic Elegies) died c. 500 in the parish of Llanvor, traditionally about age 150.[33]

The first 18 or so kings of Vietnam all lived for over 200 years.  Some of their reigns were over 100 years.  Here is the list:

  1. Kinh Dương Vương – 260 years old – Reign: 215 years.
  2. Lạc Long Quân (Hùng Hiền Vương) – 506 years old – Reign: 400 years.
  3. Hùng Quốc Vương – 260 years old – Reign: 221 years.
  4. Hùng Diệp Vương  – 646 years old – Reign: 300 years.
  5. Hùng Hy Vương – 599 years old – Reign: 200 years.
  6. Hùng Huy Vương – 500 years old – Reign: 87 years.
  7. Hùng Chiêu Vương – 692 years old -Reign: 200 years.
  8. Hùng Vi Vương – 642 years old – Reign: 100 years.
  9. Hùng Định Vương – 602 years old – Reign: 80 years.
  10. Hùng Uý Vương – 512 years old – Reign: 90 years.
  11. Hùng Chinh Vương – 514 years old -Reign:107 years.
  12. Hùng Vũ Vương – 456 years old – Reign: 96 years.
  13. Hùng Việt Vương – 502 years old – Reign: 105 years.
  14. Hùng Ánh Vương – 386 years old – Reign: 99 years.
  15. Hùng Triều Vương – 286 years old -Reign: 94 years.
  16. Hùng Tạo Vương – 273 years old – Reign: 92 years.
  17. Hùng Nghị Vương – 217 years old – Reign: 160 years.
  18. Hùng Duệ Vương – 221 years old – Reign: 150 years.

In Roman times, Pliny wrote about longevity records from the census carried out in 74 AD under Vespasian. In one region of Italy many people allegedly lived past 100; four were said to be 130, others even older. The ancient Greek author Lucian is the presumed author of Macrobii (long-livers), a work devoted to longevity. Most of the examples Lucian gives are what would be regarded as normal long lifespans (80–100 years).

  • Tiresias, the blind seer of Thebes, was alive for over 600 years (Lucian).
  • Nestor lived over 300 years (Lucian).
  • According to one tradition, Epimenides of Crete (7th, 6th centuries BC) lived nearly 300 years.[28]

The following are the reigns of some ancient Persian monarchs:


Some early emperors of Japan ruled for more than a century, according to the tradition documented in the Kojiki, viz., Emperor Jimmu and Emperor Kōan.

  • Emperor Jimmu (traditionally, 13 February 711 BC – 11 March 585 BC) lived 126 years according to the Kojiki. These dates correspond to 126 years, 27 days, on the proleptic Julian and Gregorian calendars.

In ancient China:


  • Fu Xi (伏羲) was supposed to have lived for 197 years.[24]
  • Lucian wrote about the “Seres” (a Chinese people), claiming they lived for over 300 years.
  • Zuo Ci who lived during the Three Kingdoms Period was said to have lived for 300 years.
  • In Chinese legend, Peng Zu was believed to have lived for over 800 years[25] during the Yin Dynasty (殷朝, 16th to 11th centuries BC)

According to 19th-century scholars, Abdul Azziz al-Hafeed al-Habashi (عبد العزيزالحبشي) lived 673/674 Gregorian years or 694/695 Islamic years, from 581–1276 of the Hijra.[21]

Like Methuselah in Judaism, Bhishma among the Hindus is believed to have lived to a very advanced age and is a metaphor for immortality. His life spans four generations and considering that he fought for his great-nephews in the Mahabharata War who were themselves in their 70s and 80s, it is estimated that Bhishma must have been between 130 and 370 years old at the time of his death.

  • Devraha Baba (?–1990) was at least 250 (according to family records), but rumored to have claimed to be over 700 years old (perhaps up to 750).[17]
  • Trailanga Swami reportedly lived in Kashi since 1737;[18] the journal Prabuddha Bharata puts his birth around 1607 and his age 279 (almost 280),[19] upon his death in 1887.[18] His birth is also given as 1527 (age 359/360).[20][need quotation to verify]
  • The sadhaka Lokenath Brahmachari reportedly lived 1730–1890 (age 159/160).[18]
  • Shivapuri Baba, also known as Swami Govindanath Bharati, was a Hindu saint who purportedly lived from 1826 to 1963, making him allegedly 137 years old at the time of his death. He had 18 audiences with Queen Victoria.

Chapter 2 of Falun Gong by Li Hongzhi (2001) states, “A person in Japan named Mitsu Taira lived to be 242 years old. During the Tang Dynasty in our country, there was a monk called Hui Zhao [慧昭, 526–815[15]] who lived to be 290 [288/289] years old.

  • Around 1912, the Maharishi of Kailas was said by missionary Sadhu Sundar Singh to be an over-300-year-old Christian hermit in a Himalayan mountain cave with whom he spent some time in deep fellowship. Singh said the Maharishi was born in Alexandria, Egypt, and baptized by the nephew of St. Francis Xavier.[13]
  • Scolastica Oliveri is said to have lived in Bivona, Italy, 1448–1578 (age 129/130), according to the archive of Monastero di San Paolo in Bivona located in Palermo.[14]

Ever heard of the Count of Saint Germain?  He appeared in Europe in the very early 1700s.  An occultist, he was part of many secret societies, including the Freemasons and Rosicrucians.  He always appeared to be in his mid-40s, or perhaps 50s – no matter how many years went by.  His birthdate is unknown, but he is recorded as having died in 1784.  Problem: he was definitely alive after then, and sightings of him continued into the 1900s.  The following article explains:

When the man who first became known as Saint-Germain was born is unknown, although most accounts say he was born in the 1690s. A genealogy compiled by Annie Besant for her co-authored book, The Comte De St. Germain: The Secret of Kings, asserts that he was born the son of Francis Racoczi II, Prince of Transylvania in 1690.

What is almost unanimously agreed on, however, is that Saint-Germain became accomplished in the art of alchemy, the mystical “science” that strives to control the elements. The foremost goal of this practice was the creation of “projection powder” or the elusive “philosopher’s stone,” which, it was claimed, when added to the molten form of such base metals as lead could turn them into pure silver or gold. Furthermore, this magical power could be used in an elixir that would impart immortality on those who drank it. Count de Saint-Germain, it is believed, discovered this secret of alchemy.

Courting European Society

Saint-Germain first came into prominence in the high society of Europe in 1742. He had just spent five years in the Shah of Persia’s court where he had learned the jeweler’s craft. He beguiled the royals and the rich with his vast knowledge of science and history, his musical ability, his easy charm and quick wit. He spoke many languages fluently, including French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and English, and was further familiar with Chinese, Latin, Arabic — even ancient Greek and Sanskrit. 

It might have been his extraordinary learnedness that led acquaintances to see that he was a remarkable man, but an anecdote from 1760 most likely gave rise to the notion that Saint-Germain could be immortal. In Paris that year, Countess von Georgy heard that a Count de Saint-Germain had arrived for a soiree at the home of Madame de Pompadour, mistress of King Louis XV of France. The elderly countess was curious because she had known a Count de Saint-Germain while in Venice in 1710. Upon meeting the count again, she was astonished to see that he hadn’t appeared to age and asked him if it was his father she knew in Venice.

“No, Madame,” he replied, “but I myself was living in Venice at the end of the last and the beginning of this century; I had the honor to pay you court then.”

“Forgive me, but that it impossible!” the perplexed countess said. “The Count de Saint-Germain I knew in those days was at least forty-five years old. And you, at the outside, are that age at present.”

“Madame, I am very old,” he said with a knowing smile.

“But then you must be nearly 100 years old,” said the astonished countess.

“That is not impossible,” the count told her matter-of-factly, then continued to convince the countess that he was indeed the same man she knew with the details of their previous meetings and of life in Venice 50 years earlier.

Ever Present, Never Aging

Saint-Germain traveled extensively throughout Europe over the next 40 years — and in all that time never seemed to age. Those who met him were impressed by his many abilities and peculiarities:

  • He could play the violin like a virtuoso.
  • He was an accomplished painter.
  • Wherever he traveled, he set up an elaborate laboratory, presumably for his alchemy work.
  • He seemed to be a man of great wealth but was not known to have any bank accounts. (If it was due to his ability to transmute base metals into gold, he never performed the feat for observers.)
  • He dined often with friends because he enjoyed their company, but was rarely seen to eat food in public. He subsisted, it was said, on a diet of oatmeal.
  • He prescribed recipes for the removal of facial wrinkles and for dyeing hair.
  • He loved jewels, and much of his clothing — including his shoes — were studded with them.
  • He had perfected a technique for painting jewels.
  • He claimed to be able to fuse several small diamonds into one large one. He also said he could make pearls grow to incredible sizes.
  • He has been linked to several secret societies, including the Rosicrucians, Freemasons, Society of Asiatic Brothers, the Knights of Light, the Illuminati and Order of the Templars.


The renowned 18th philosopher, Voltaire — himself a respected man of science and reason — said of Saint-Germain that he is “a man who never dies, and who knows everything.”

Throughout the 18th century, Count de Saint-Germain continued to use his seemingly endless knowledge of the world in the politics and social intrigues of the European elite:

  • The 1740s he became a trusted diplomat in the court of King Louis XV of France, performing secret missions for him in England.
  • In 1760 he performed a similar function at the Hague, where he met the infamous lover, Giacomo Girolamo Casanova. Casanova later said of Saint-Germain, “This extraordinary man… would say in an easy, assured manner that he was 300 years old, that he knew the secret of the Universal Medicine, that he possessed a mastery over nature, that he could melt diamonds… all this, he said, was mere trifle to him.”
  • In 1762 he traveled to Russia where it is said he was complicit in a conspiracy that placed Catherine the Great on the throne. He later advised the commander of the imperial Russian armies in the war against Turkey (which they won).
  • In 1774 he returned to France when Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette occupied the throne. He allegedly warned them of the revolution that was to come 15 years in the future.

In 1779 he went to Hamburg, Germany, where he befriended Prince Charles of Hesse-Cassel. For the next five years, he lived as a guest in the prince’s castle at Eckernförde. And, according to local records, that is where Saint-Germain died on February 27, 1784.

Back From the Dead

For any ordinary mortal, that would be the end of the story. But not for Count de Saint-Germain. He would continue to be seen throughout the 19th century and into the 20th century.

  • In 1785 he was seen in Germany with Anton Mesmer, the pioneer hypnotist. (Some claim that it was Saint-Germain who gave Mesmer the basic ideas for hypnotism and personal magnetism.)
  • Official records of Freemasonry show that they chose Saint-Germain as their representative for a convention in 1785.
  • After the taking of the Bastille in the French Revolution in 1789, the Comtesse d’Adhémar said she had a lengthy conversation with Count de Saint-Germain. He allegedly told her of France’s immediate future, as if he knew what was to come. In 1821, she wrote: “I have seen Saint-Germain again, each time to my amazement. I saw him when the queen [Antoinette] was murdered, on the 18th of Brumaire, on the day following the death of the Duke d’Enghien, in January, 1815, and on the eve of the murder of the Duke de Berry.” The last time she saw him was in 1820 — and each time he looked to be a man no older than his mid-40s.

After 1821, Saint-Germain may have taken on another identity. In his memoirs, Albert Vandam wrote of meeting a man who bore a striking resemblance to Count de Saint-Germain, but who went by the name of Major Fraser. Vandam wrote:

“He called himself Major Fraser, lived alone and never alluded to his family. Moreover he was lavish with money, though the source of his fortune remained a mystery to everyone. He possessed a marvelous knowledge of all the countries in Europe at all periods. His memory was absolutely incredible and, curiously enough, he often gave his hearers to understand that he had acquired his learning elsewhere than from books. Many is the time he has told me, with a strange smile, that he was certain he had known Nero, had spoken with Dante, and so on.”

Major Fraser disappeared without a trace.

Between 1880 and 1900, Saint-Germain’s name once again became prominent when members of the Theosophical Society, including famed mystic Helena Blavatsky, claimed that he was still alive and working toward the “spiritual development of the West.” There is even an allegedly genuine photo taken of Blavatsky and Saint-Germain together. And in 1897, the famous French singer Emma Calve dedicated an autographed portrait of herself to Saint-Germain.

While St Germain’s exact age is impossible to ascertain (partly due to his own conflicting accounts as to his age), he was evidently a long liver.  One wonders: how old was he in the 1700s, and much more importantly, if he’s still alive, how old is he now?!



And then, of course, there is the case of Billafunda (Siddha) Sayadawa U.Kowida, who was apparently born in 908, and was reported as still alive (with a photo) in 2013[1].  Assuming he is still alive, he is 1110 years old, and the oldest KNOWN living person (although St Germain could potentially rival him).  A Buddhist monk living in Burma, he went through some occult-like ceremony to gain his longevity.

I’m sure this information has blown your mind, like it blew mine (and still does). They say the truth is stranger than fiction, and that sure as hell is true!





35 thoughts on “Longevity stories

  1. That Saint-Germain sounds like he got into some not-so-good things. Very interesting. I wonder if that Billafunda is really as old as everyone claims? Possibly, considering others. But, isn’t there someone in the Bible whom the Bible states was the oldest person?

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        1. I meant it doesn’t declare that a particular person was the oldest person ever. 969 is the age in the Masoretic Text and Septuagint; the Samaritan says 720, which Jubilees confirms is the correct one. (Which, ironically, would make Noah the longest-lived person in Scripture.)

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            1. Yeah, when you run the numbers in Jubilees, they generally agree more with the Samaritan of Genesis 5 (although not always; it never conforms entirely to one version, puzzling skeptical scholars).


              1. No, it doesn’t state when he died (it rarely does), but when you add up the years, there are about 720 or 721 years between Methuselah’s birth and the Flood.
                Ultimately, the ages are probably unimportant doctrinally, although it’s handy to know when doing a translation!


  2. You’ve gotten WAY off course in this article… Since the Flood, NO ONE has lived more than 120 years. I’ve reasearched some of those who claim to have lived longer; without exception, their birth records were incorrect (or falsified).

    But, let’s assume you are correct… How many people born from the mid-18th century forward — when more reliable birth records were kept — lived past 120? Arguably, one! The generally accepted Biblical interpretation of a maximum lifespan of 120 years is the correct one.

    I guarantee that Jeanne Calment did not live past 120, and there is no “fountain of youth” gene or scientists would have activated it. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oldest_people


    1. Notice how the Van Gogh “meeting” changes based on the article. Was she 12 or 13? Was it her father’s or uncle’s shop? There’s something fishy in Denmark… or Arles, France.


      1. Actually, that’s a good point, and because of that, I will need to amend my answer. I appreciate your making me study this further. I am mistaken in that Genesis 6:3 did not tie that statement to the Flood; however, it is currently in effect. The last person documented to have lived past 120 years old was Jacob (later named Israel); he lived to be 147 years old. No one after him lived past 120 years — including Moses.

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  3. Excellent research! One thing to consider is that these were folks who were pretty high up the totem pole so to speak. They didn’t have the genetic and hereditary issues we have today. We, who are further down pole have to deal with those as well as living in a dirtier environment than they did.

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  4. I liked your spring chicken comment. It made me chuckle. If Enoch was a spring chicken then we all haven’t even hatched yet. If I were to get all philosophical, metephorically speaking were all still trying to escape the egg. We’re all a little cracked after all… lol.

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