Strange Tales from Liaozhai - Vol. 2
The weird and whimsical short stories in Strange Tales from Liaozhai show their author, Pu Songling (1640-1715), to be both an explorer of the macabre, like Edgar Allan Poe, and a moralist, like Aesop. In this first complete translation of the collection's 494 stories into English, readers will encounter supernatural creatures, natural disasters, magical aspects of Buddhist and Daoist spirituality, and a wide range of Chinese folklore. Annotations are provided to clarify unfamiliar references or cultural allusions, and introductory essays have been included to explain facets of Pu Songling's work and to provide context for some of the unique qualities of his uncanny tales.
This is the second of 6 volumes.
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However, King Yama was the “original father of the afterlife in Vedic tradition,”
and in China, he became the “ruler in the underworld in both Buddhist and Daoist
cosmologies,” hence the very name of “King Yama” or the “Hell King” came ...
The redemptive facet of the Hell King's judgments is often overshadowed in
literary accounts by the horrors of the torments and tortures waiting for those
guilty of misdeeds, explaining why the Hell King's judgments may seem
reminiscent of ...
A surprise edict from the Hell King offers amnesty for underworld spirits, but Hua
learns he can return to the mundane world only if he can keep chanting Buddhist
sutras all the way back—which proves to be a real challenge for the lapsed ...
This is one reason that the Hell King permits no “exchanges” per se of a virtuous
individual willing to undergo punishment in order to redeem someone convicted
by the underworld court for her or his acts (Kapstein 357; Siklós 180), even as an
Hell. King. In Jiawu, there lived a xiucai named Li Zhongzhi. He was honest,
sincere, and never did anything immoral. Every few days he would apparently die
, becoming stiff as a corpse, and three or four days later, he'd return to ...