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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Distinguished scholar Tang Pin (in “Master Tang” [tang gong]) dies, but then isn't
sent to the underworld for judgment and processing, so his case passes instead
through a succession of bureaucratic interviews involving a giant, a monk, ...
Master Tang Pin was a successful candidate in the highest level imperial
examination. He had been ill for some time and was dying. Suddenly he felt a
heat in his lower regions that gradually began spreading and moving up his body
; when it ...
Suddenly Tang mused that only the Buddha could solve this problem, so he
called the Buddha's name until he consequently floated out of the sleeve. The
giant grabbed him and stuck him back inside his sleeve again. Three times he
got out ...
Tang was anxious to be on his way. He followed the directions the holy man gave
him. Presently he saw a dense forest of long, thin bamboo and a resplendently
beautiful temple. He entered it and saw a Bodhisattva adorned with a tall, spiral ...
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