wangyaoforequality asked: “One question from the admin: For Chinese hell, if you've sinned but managed to reform and change for the better in later life, will you be pardoned or will you still be punished?”

Chinese hell doesn’t work like the Christian version of hell, and it’s a good example of of syncreticism. This big word means combining different religions and cultures, and the Chinese version of hell is pretty much an amalgamation of beliefs.

The concept of hell in China has been shaped by Buddhism (which came from India) and traditional Chinese beliefs. Along the way, people inserted their beliefs into hell as time went along. So we have King Yama, a Hindu deity who was adopted into Buddhism, and the Chinese know him as the King of Hell, or Yan Luo Wang. (Well Japanese and Korean myths mention him too but we’re digressing.) We also have the Black and White Guard of Impermanence, who are psychopomps like Cowhead and Horseface, except they are Taoist.

Suffice to say that the Chinese version of hell is imagined by different people of different religions and is held together by their own culture and traditions.

So, to answer your question, most of the books that depict hell in some way feature reincarnation a whole lot. One example is Journey to the West, which tells a story of a Dragon King who gets reincarnated (hmm, I should blog about this). This is a totally Buddhist idea, that you are reincarnated repeatedly and achieve nirvana at some point as all these reincarnations are supposed to teach you lessons. This belief was adapted into Taoism later. It’s actually fun to look at the Chinese version of hell and see how much each religion has had influence over it.

For the Chinese, salvation comes in the form of reincarnation, and the belief is that if you’re a good person in general, you’ll get reincarnated into a human being or some superior being, and that you may become an ant in your next life if you’re a mass murderer or something. Oh and if you are a sinner in general, you’d probably be tortured first before any spirit or demon or king in hell lets you move on. (You can look at this series about the 10 Courts and 18 Levels of Hell: 123 that shows what kind of punishments happen)

I hope that answers your question!

4 days ago · 29 notes

A Tang Dynasty Scholar Falls In Love Wit’ A Courtesan, Part III

Note: This story was written by a dude called Jiang Fang, who lived durin’ the 9th century. He wrote tons of poems and this story, which was originally called, Huo Xiao Yu Zhuan, which translates to the tale of Prince Huo’s daughter.

Li Yi’s friends also totes guilt-tripped him and tried to make him see his wife. Since it was the spring, the season fo’ havin’ pleasure trips (if y’know what I mean), and the poet Wei Xiaoqing was all, “Spring is beautiful and flowers are in bloom, but yo ex-wife is weepin’ in her room.”

Just then, a Central Asian boy came over and was all, “Yo, are you Li Yi?”

"Li Yi was all, yeah, why?"

"Oh, awesome! My master is a fan of yo work and he totes wants to entertain you! Let’s go to a brothel!"

Errybody was totes excited ‘bout this, and so the rode on horses to have some fun. Errythin’ was goin’ fine for Li, who was pretty happy that he was bein’ recognized by someone. But the horses they rode on passed his wife’s district, the Shangye quarter, and Li started flippin’ out. He wanted to leave, but his host was like, “Oh, come on, it’s only here,” and before he knew it, Li was at the house where his wife met him, and she was there.

Dun dun DUNNNNN.

The night before, Xiaoyu had a dream. She dreamt that Li had come to visit her in her dreams, and that he had taken off his shoes and climbed onto her bed. She told this to the mother of the house, who said, “Shoes mean togetherness, and if he takes them off in the dream, it means the both of you are gonna separate.” 

Xiaoyu was all, “I know I’ll see him again today. And after that, I’ll die.” She was ill ‘cause she was worryin’ ‘bout this douchebag, and she asked her mother to do her hair. Her mother thought that she was a loony but did it anyways, and soon after Xiaoyu was presentable, her husband showed up.

It was totally awkward, and her husband pretended he did not notice her, while she kept glancing at him. Finally, she couldn’t take it and was all, “Dude! I am sick of this shit! You broke my heart ‘cause you left me, and now, I am dying. I will die now and haunt all the women you have forever!” she said. She grabbed his arm, threw her cup on the floor, and died. Li was totally sad. 

Next: A Tang Dynasty Scholar Falls In Love Wit’ A Courtesan, Part IV

Reference: Tang Dynasty Stories by Gladys Yang and Yang Xianyi

5 days ago · 7 notes

pandeeepppp asked: “I wanted to ask if you have any information concerning the Dragon Kings, I'm writing a story and it's been really difficult to find any information on the myth and I want to be respectful and accurate the original myths. Any and all references will be so much appreciated! Thank you I love your blog, it's so fun and interesting I love it!!”

6 days ago · 262 notes

Yes, I Will Answer Questions Privately

Hi errybody,

This is just a quick note to say that I am all too willing to answer questions privately! Just preface the start of your question with this small request and I will readily do so.

Min

6 days ago · 1 note

submarineeeeeeee asked: “Thank you for such a great writting myths! Your writting style are obviously impressived for me. I am a thai age at 18 and sharing a 100% chinese pure blood. Your page has a lot of useful documents which are very great, it letting me know about my family's festivals and chinese cultures in Thailand! We still got to go to Qing Ming festival every years, although it is super hot as hell summer in Thailand LOL! Keep it up! I always support your written posts!”

OMG thank you! It’s so lovely to receive a message on this dreary Monday. :)

It’s so good to hear from a follower in Thailand. It’s a beautiful country and its people are amazing.

1 week ago · 8 notes

A Tang Dynasty Scholar’s Affair Wit’ A Courtesan, Part II

Note: This story was written by a dude called Jiang Fang, who lived durin’ the 9th century. He wrote tons of poems and this story, which was originally called, Huo Xiao Yu Zhuan, which translates to the tale of Prince Huo’s daughter.

The last time, Li Yi finally passed all the imperial exams and was gonna be stationed in Zheng County. He had to go visit his parents in Luoyang first, though, ‘cause it was the thing to do, and so he gave a feast before he left. 

His wife was all, “See, I knew you were gonna leave, and it’s okay. I’m real afraid that you won’t come back, and I request that you stay wit’ me for eight more years before you find a woman who fits yo’ status. I mean, by then I’ll be 26 and I’ll go live in a nunnery, and you can marry some virgin and she can give you all the babies.”

But Li Yi was all, “Wait but why, I want you! I’ll go to my parents’ house first, and then go to my post in Huazhou, and I’ll reach there in the eight month of the year. Don’t worry, I’ll send for you by then.”

So Li Yi went home, and when he came back, he realized that his mother betrothed him to a girl who came from a good family. Li Yi was a wuss and a douchebag and he didn’t dare go against his parents’ wishes. The marriage was also good for the family ‘cause his future bride’s family was rich while his family was poor, so it meant he would be totes movin’ up in the world.

His would-be in-laws were douches, though, and so he had to give them a million in cash before he could marry, and Li went ‘round borrowing money and all just so that he could marry her. So he was so busy doin’ this that he actually forgot to come for his wife, the one he lived wit’ for two years, and so he didn’t bother ‘cause it was too late anyways and he was gonna marry into money.

Not cool. So Xiaoyu went cray, and since there was no Facebook, she could only rely on peeps to tell her what her husband was doin’. Reports were like, so friggin’ contradictory and she sold errythin’ that she had just to hear about him, and she became so poor that she had to sell her most prized possession, a jade hairpin.

So, her servant by the name of Wansha had to sell the hairpin to the jade smith, but the jade-smith recognized it and said, “Hey, it’s my handiwork! I made it for the daughter of Prince Huo!”

Wansha told him what had happened, and he got real upset. He said, “Oh man, the children of royals have to resort to this? That sucks ass!” He still had royal contacts, so he told a Princess Yaxian to buy it from her, so that Xiaoyu wouldn’t be so poor.

By this time, a year had passed and Li Yi had saved the money and wanted to head to Chang’an to marry his new wife. 

During his time in Chang’an, Li Yi met Cui Yunming, and Cui had kept in touch wit’ Xiaoyu so he informed her that her husband was here but was totes not gonna see her. In fact, just to avoid her, Li Yi went out early and came back late. She was real upset ‘bout it, and soon, errybody in the capital knew and took her side.

Next: A Tang Dynasty Scholar Falls In Love Wit’ A Courtesan, Part III

Reference: Tang Dynasty Stories by Gladys Yang and Yang Xianyi

1 week ago · 5 notes

A Tang Dynasty Scholar’s Affair Wit’ A Courtesan, Part I

Note: This story was written by a dude called Jiang Fang, who lived durin’ the 9th century. He wrote tons of poems and this story, which was originally called, Huo Xiao Yu Zhuan, which translates to the tale of Prince Huo’s daughter.

Once, there was a dude called Li Yi (李益) and he passed the imperial exams at 21, which totes meant that he was gonna be an officer of the Ministry of Civil Affairs after he took some more exams. He came to the capital and stayed in the Xichang quarter. He had all the credentials, man—like, he came from a good family, was real smart, and so errbody respected him. And of course peeps like him wanted a wife, and so he looked for the courtesans in the city.

So this matchmaker called Bao told him that she’d be on the lookout for an eligible one. Much later, she knocked on his door and was all like, “Awesome! We have a match!”

Li came out and was all, “Whoa. That’s great! Like, seriously?” And she was all, yes. “This lady is the illegitimate daughter of Prince Huo, and her momma, Qinchi, was his favourite slave. But when she grew up the Prince’s son disowned her ‘cause he was so not down wit’ his daddy screwin’ round wit’ some slave, so that was that. Her name is Huo Xiaoyu,(霍小玉) or Jade, btw, but she changed her name to Lady Zheng”

"Whoa," Li said. "So how can I totally meet her?"

"Oh, y’know, the capital is small so she’s heard of you already. So go to the Old Temple Lane in the Shengye quarter tomorrow and ask for her maid called Guizi. I’ll introduce you to her."

Li was totes excited ‘bout this, and he bathed and perfumed himself before he went to sleep. The meeting wasn’t till noon the next day, but he was so excited that he couldn’t sleep and he wasted the morning away. When he finally got to her house, the matchmaker greeted him.

"Yo! Someone’s crashin’ out party here!" the matchmaker said, and she was totes teasin’ cause he was supposed to be there. So she brought him to the inner gate of a courtyard wit’ some cherry trees and a parrot, and the parrot was all, "Hey, here’s a guest! Lower the curtain!"

Li was like, real shy, but the mother of the house showed up and introduced them to oner another. Jade was all, “Omg, I know you. You’re that poet guy, right? And you wrote this poem!”

The dude was real smooth and he said, “Um, yeah. Hi. You like talent and I like beauty, so we totes go well together.”

The mother was all, “See, this is like, awesome, and she can ‘marry’ you.”

And so, they spent the night together and totally had the sexy tiemz, but the lady got real sad and was all, “This thing we have together is only temporary. You’re a scholar and you have a future. You’ll have a career, so you’ll leave me behind.”

"No way! I won’t! I swear!" He said. Li Yi was so upset that he wrote on a piece of silk (yeah, ‘cause serious promises are written on silk) and he swore on the mountains and rivers and errything that existed that he wouldn’t leave her.

All was good, for two years. They had lots of fun and sexy tiemz until one day, Li Yi passed the final exams and got an official post as the secretary general of Zheng County. Awesome, right?

Next: A Tang Dynasty Scholar Falls In Love Wit’ A Courtesan, Part II

Reference: Tang Dynasty Stories by Gladys Yang and Yang Xianyi

1 week ago · 15 notes

sminwrites:

How I write: So-called important person responded to asshole. The response is perfect.
How I want to write: All right guys, so there was once this chick who was like, so totally bad-ass that she decided not to give no shit ‘bout no one and lead an army to rebel against the Ming dynasty. 

2 weeks ago · 5 notes · Reblogged from sminwrites

red-lipstick:

Ma Jun (b. 1974, Quingdao, China)  Porcelain Art from New China series. Info with pics.

3 weeks ago · 5,191 notes · Source · Reblogged from polyglottalstop

That Time A Dead Woman Rose From The Dead And Wrote A Note To The Court Judge

In the Tang dynasty, the wife of a general died, and the dude married another woman. The woman gave lotsa shit to his five kids, and abused them. These kids got so damn upset that they ran to their mum’s grave and started wailing—the thing is, their mum’s ghost rose from the dead and was all, “Heyy, wassup?”

The kids complained to the mother and she was like, “K, Imma write a testimony for you so you know yo’ new mummy be an abuser,” and this took on a poem and was addressed to her husband, who saw it and showed it to his superior. The dude took it to the emperor, who was all, “WTF! No way!”

The emperor sentenced the general’s second wife to Lingnan and gave her 100 blows of the thick rod. Word.

3 weeks ago · 27 notes