Bill Porter (“Red Pine”), now aged 72, will be familiar to Hermitary readers as a translator of Chinese texts and poetry, and author of the 1993 book Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits, among many other more recent books. The local newspaper of his hometown of Port Townsend, Washington, offers this update.
From the Manila Bulletin comes an article titled “Hermit couple lives in cave for 54 years”
describing a married couple living in a cave (in Nanchong, Sichuan province, China) for 54 years — so far. Liang Zifu and his wife, Li Suying, originally intended the move to the cave to be temporary, but they decided to stay and raise a family. Though of advanced age, they refuse to move out, despite the urging of their children and of the village. The village did concede to the couple’s presence and now provides them electricity and running water.
Profiled years ago on this site (http://hermitary.com/around/?p=456) is Columbian-born Orthodox monk and hermit living in the Qadisha Valley, Lebanon. StepFeed, a Middle Eastern website, updates Escobar with news and photos.
Vice visits an eccentric Polish hermit named Edward, who carefully constructs his shelters or “lodges” in the town of Wroclaw upon old debris sites, anticipating the imminent end of the world.