He will give his angels charge of you,
To guard you in all your ways.
петък, 2 януари 2015 г.
In Chinese folklore, a monster made of
evil spirits and an unburied corpse, which comes to life
and wreaks death and destruction. According to Chinese
tradition, an unburied corpse is a great danger, because it
invites inhabitation by the evil spirits believed to be pres-
ent everywhere at all times.
The Ch’iang Shih story has various versions. Accord-
ing to one Ch’iang Shih folktale, four travelers arrived late
one night at an inn near Shangtung. No rooms were avail-
able, but the travelers persuaded the innkeeper to fi
them any space where they could sleep. They were placed
out in a little shack, where, unbeknownst to them, lay the
unburied corpse of the innkeeper’s daughter-in-law, who
had died earlier in the day. Her body was laid out on a
plank behind a curtain.
Three of the travelers fell asleep immediately, but the
fourth could not because he had a foreboding of danger.
Presently, he saw a bony hand pull the curtain aside. The
corpse, green and with glowing eyes, emerged and bent
over the sleeping travelers, breathing the foul breath of
death upon them. They died instantly. The fourth trav-
eler managed to pretend to be asleep and held his breath
while the Ch’iang Shih breathed on him, thus saving his
life. When the monster returned to its plank, he ran out
the door. The monster heard him and gave chase.
The man hid behind a willow tree, but the Ch’iang
Shih found him. With a shriek, it lunged at him. He fainted from terror, an act which saved his life again, for
the monster missed him and sank its claws so deep into
the willow tree that it could not extricate itself. The next
morning, others found the corpse, now no longer ani-
mated by spirits, and the man, who was still unconscious.