Chinese Ghost Stories: Curious Tales of the Supernatural (Tuttle Classics)
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Chinese Ghost Stories are a selection of the most entertaining Chinese traditional tales of the strange and fantastic.
Hearn had a great affinity for the traditional ghost stories of China, and these stories clearly inspired him as he penned subsequent works. Set in richly atmospheric locales, these tales speak of heroic sacrifice, chilling horror, eerie beauty and otherworldly intervention.
This completely reset and pinyin-converted edition of Hearn's classic work contains a new foreword by Victoria Cass, which places the stories, their author, and his love for the strange and mysterious into perspective. If you're seeking insights into the traditional Chinese world of ghosts, goblins and demons—or just want to feel a chill run down your spine on a dark and lonely night—then this book is the perfect companion.
Ghost stories include:
- The Soul of the Great Bell
- The Story of Ming Yi
- The Legend of Zhi Nu
- The Return of Yan Zhenjing
- The Tradition of the Tea Plant
- The Tale of the Porcelain God
something irresistible in the long dark eyes of his companion forbade him to speak; and as though his inmost thought had been discerned by that wondrous gaze, she said to him, in the same clear voice, “I will provide.” Then shame made him blush at the thought of his wretched aspect and tattered apparel; but he observed that she also was poorly attired, like a woman of the people—wearing no ornament of any sort, nor even shoes upon her feet. And before he had yet spoken to her, they came before
the ancestral tablets; and there she knelt with him and prayed, and pledged him in a cup of wine—brought he knew not from whence—and together they worshipped Heaven and Earth. Thus she became his wife. A mysterious marriage it seemed, for neither on that day nor at any future time could Dong venture to ask his wife the name of her family, or of the place whence she came, and he could not answer any of the curious questions which his fellow-laborers put to him concerning her; and she,
it. Thus he was made free; and prosperity came to him with his freedom; and whatsoever he gave to the sacred earth was returned to him centupled; and his servants loved him and blessed the beautiful Zhi, so silent and yet so kindly to all about her. But the silk-loom soon remained untouched, for Zhi gave birth to a son—a boy so beautiful that Dong wept with delight when he looked upon him. And thereafter the wife devoted herself wholly to the care of the child. Now it soon became
each mighty to bend a two-hundred-pound bow until the ears should meet. And as a whirlwind they came against rebellion, raining raven-feathered arrows in a storm of death; and they prevailed against Xilie and his people. Then those that survived destruction and defeat submitted, and promised allegiance; and once more was the law of righteousness restored. But Zhenjing had been dead for many summers. And the Son of Heaven sent word to his victorious generals that they should bring back with
the Will a signal of coming peril, the peril of slumber? So strangely vivid those fancies were, so brightly definite, as about to take visible form, to move with factitious life, to play some unholy drama upon the stage of dreams! “O Thou Fully Awakened!” he cried aloud, “help now thy humble disciple to obtain the blessed wakefulness of perfect contemplation! let him find force to fulfill his vow! suffer not Mara to prevail against him!” And he recited the eternal verses of the “Chapter of