Strange Tales from Liaozhai - Vol. 6
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 sixth of 6 volumes.
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As they entered the temple and looked up at aneffigy, they sawthatthe god had a
monkey's head and a human body, made in the image of the “great sage,
heaven's equal,” Sun Wukong. All the visitors there reverently paid their respects,
as no ...
out. After they returned home, his elder brother scolded him for his rudeness. “
Since Sun Wukong is just a legend made up by Old Man Qiu,” replied Sheng, “
why treat him with so much respect like this? If this sage was really some kind of
“You show respect for the god and then this happens; you're just as sick as I was,
so it must not be because of Sun Wukong.” When his brother heard these words,
he became very angry with Sheng, declaring that the god would vent his anger ...
Sun Wukong picked up a wood block, ordered a brush to be brought, and with no
idea of what he was writing on it, had the servant take it afterward and leave. A
long while later, the servant returned with Sheng's brother. He'd successfully ...
But when they untied the bag in order to look at its contents, they discovered that
Cloud somersault: Clouds become the mode of transport favored by Sun Wukong
, the handsome monkey king, in Journey to the West. the stones had all melted.