Baozhu

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Name Baozhu
Manufacturer N/A
Powers Grants a person's deepest desire
Location/Owners Lebanon, Kansas (Destroyed)
Episodes 14.13 Lebanon

History

The Baozhu was a pearl and one of eight ancient Chinese treasures. It had the power to grant wishes by giving a person their heart's desire. Destruction of the pearl will lead to all wishes/desires being reversed.

Episodes

14.13 Lebanon

Dean wishes on the Baozhu in the hope of ridding Michael from his mind, but instead it summons John Winchester from 2003. The disruption to the time line starts to manifest -- there is evidence that Dean is still hunting but is wanted by the FBI, and that Sam is an internet-famous corporate lawyer. It is obvious this would mean Mary will not be brought back from the dead, so John agrees he must return. Sam smashes the Baozhu and John returns to 2003. He wakes up in the Impala, thinking he has dreamed the whole thing.

Baozhu in Lore

The Baozhu is one of the Eight Treasures or Eight Precious Things, also known as the wish-granting pearl or flaming pearl. It is similar to the cintamani, a jewel from both Hindu and Buddhist traditions that fulfills wishes. The Digital Dictionary of Buddhim states that:

"According to one's desires, treasures, clothing and food can be manifested, while sickness and suffering can be removed, water can be purified, etc. It is a metaphor for the teachings and virtues of the Buddha. … Said to be obtained from the dragon-king of the sea, or the head of the great fish, Makara, or the relics of a Buddha."

Chinese dragons are often depicted with a flaming pearl under their chin or in their claws. The pearl is associated with spiritual energy, wisdom, prosperity, power, and immortality.