The word alchemy was borrowed from Old French alquemie, alkimie, taken from Medieval Latin alchymia, form was influenced by Greek chymeia (χυμεία) meaning ‘mixture’ of different elements. Alchemy covers several philosophical traditions spanning four millennia and three continents.

The Vedas describe a connection between eternal life and gold.

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Buddhist texts from the 2nd to 5th centuries mention the transmutation of base metals to gold.

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