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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In the region of the Han River in Hubei, it was common to treat the frog god with
the highest reverence. No one knows how many thousands of frogs there were in
the frog god's temple, some of which were the size of a large chest. Ifthe frog god
couple again, the frog god and his wife, dressed in red robes, condescended to
visit their home. By the next day, Shiniang was pregnant and proceeded to give
birth to twin boys. Following this, the frog god and goddess frequently visited their
The frog god often relied upon a particular mage to convey his words to people.
The mage could observe whether the frog god was angry or pleased; when he
told the god's followers that the god was “happy,” they knew that good fortune
The villagers did as the frog god asked. The mage then told them, “Everyone who
has already contributed will not be forced to give more; but those who have not
contributed yet must donate according to their capability.” The people crowded ...
Accordingly, when Zhou offered the huge frog another twenty taels, it began to
raise its head; when he offered a bit more, it moved its feet; when the amount
finally reached a hundred taels, it stood up on all fours, hopped down from the