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S is diluted by the earnest political rhetoric that precedes it That s not a problem with Oscar Wilde s The Canterville
Ghost Which I Read Just which I read just these stories see my review HERE The Chinese compilers might approve it s about a family who initially don t believe in ghosts but when confronted by one they refuse to be alarmed
and take a resolutely pragmatic approach to overcome the inconvenience However in Wilde s hands it s comedy with take a resolutely pragmatic approach to overcome the inconvenience However in Wilde s hands it s comedy with poignant message rather than preaching about good Communist characterResearch on Culture and BeliefIn 2015 the respected Pew Research found that 18% of Americans claim to have seen a ghost source here I m not sure if this confirms or refutes the Chinese position Those who describe themselves as believers but who don t attend church regularly are twice as likely to believe in ghosts than those at the two extremes of religious belief nonbelievers and the deeply devout source hereThere is also relationship between the type of ghosts people see and their belief system source here For example ghosts seen by Roman Catholics were often identified as souls in Purgatory whereas protestants were likely to see angels and demons And judging by this book Chinese ghosts have bizarrely long tongues if they died by hanging one was sticking out several feet Freud might have fun with that It might also be worth reading The Ghost A Cultural History I haven t Marxisten haben keine Angst vor GeisternDie Sammlung enth lt typische chinesische Geistergeschichten wie man sie aus diversen anderen Sammlungen kennt Kurz anekdotisch episodisch und meist eher bizarr als gruslig Der Twist dieser Sammlung besteht haupts chlich darin dass Geister von tapferen Menschen besiegt und ausgetrieben werden die Illustration von Zhong Kui dem Geisterbezwinger auf dem Titelbild dient dabei sozusagen als Klammer f r die Zusammenstellung Die gesammelten Geschichten stammen aus praktisch allen Dynastien seit den Jin und Tang den Hauptteil machen aber Geschichten der ing Dynastie ausEin besonderes Schmankerl ist dabei das Vorwort das in den 60er Jahren in bester marxistischer Terminologie und kulturrevisionistischer Weise geschrieben ist Es versucht die Geschichten die vor dem im kommunistischen China so ungeliebten bernat rlichen nur so strotzen zu rechtfertigen Die Geister dieser Geschichten seien Allegorien und Metaphern f r den Imperialismus und Kapitalismus die es genauso zu bek mpfen gelte Ein faszinierender Blick in eine Propagandamaschinerie die auch vor Literatur nicht halt machtUnterhaltsam f r alle die sich auf das Format einlassen k nnen wer Horror erwartet muss woanders suchen. Many things which resemble them imperialism reactionaries difficulties and obstacles in work for example These stories therefore may be considered in the nature of allegories and satire. .
Number and decreasing size the plague just stops and After this his family had no further trouble and all who knew him admired him Such bathos I do not fear ou with Nowhere but Home your head on so what s there to fear withour head offSeveral have a man staying overnight in an allegedly haunted place to prove there is nothing to fear and several of the ghosts are female suicides with lolling tongues There s not a great deal of excitement
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best a mythical charm a visceral familiarity tipsa mythical charm a visceral familiarity Tips Overcoming Chinese Ghosts Don t believe in ghosts and Pure Heart, Enlightened Mind you may not see them Be brave thus retainour wits and find a practical solution Demons respect lack of fear and may go away if Quiver of the Pure Heart you insist Blackour face and the ghost may think it is seeing a ghost Catch a ghost in a net or belt It will turn into a block of wood which An Accidental Man you then fry or burn Investigate and talk to the ghost It may be a person trying to trickou Bows and arrows can kill ghosts but it may take three shots Sometimes just blowing or spitting on a ghost will destroy them Chase ghosts away Smear filthy paper on a ghost s mouth Beat ghosts with peach twigs no other trees will do Ghosts have three tricks enchantment obstruction and intimidation If ou can endure those they ve nothing left A cup of water can cure the temporary madness of a woman who thought she was a ghost The Political Preface There are actually many things in this world which are like ghosts Some are big such as international imperialism and its henchmen modern revisionism serious natural calamities Some are small such as difficulties and setbacks in ordinary work The dogma is strong but it doesn t uite make sense It states that literal ghosts don t exist but also that ghosts are afraid of men In the stories some of the ghosts are presented as real one man eats the meat of one he kills though others are people pretending I guess it doesn t matter The message is about not succumbing to superstition or fear About needing the strength of character to think and act rationally About bravery and protecting others About being prudent and resourceful to overcome the non existent ghosts I m no Communist but those are good ideals Thoroughgoing dialectical materialists and genuine proletarian revolutionaries are of course much wiser than those people who did not fear ghosts in old tales I m not a proletarian revolutionary genuine or otherwise but how would I know if I was a partial or thoroughgoing dialectical materialist and would I want to be one anywayComedy in PragmatismPicture I ain t afraid of no ghost Ghostbusters 1984The comedy value of some of these storie. Inese people in ancient times who dared to defy ghosts Today everyone knows there are no such things as ghosts But while there are no demons like those described in these tales there are. I came across this book while doing a search for books translated by the Yangs my favourite foreign language press translators I thought it was just
excerts from Pu Songling s strange tales but it was much than that It contained storiesfrom Pu Songling s strange tales but it was much than that It contained stories the zhuguai TRADITION THROUGHOUT CHINESE HISTORY ARRANGED CHRONOLOGICALLY THE STORIES WERE throughout Chinese history arranged chronologically The stories were about people or men getting the best of ghosts demons and fox spirits They were amusing and inspiring While too small a selection to see any change over time in ghost stories one I did notice was that there were a lot women suicide ghosts in the ing dynasty stories This book was originally published in Chinese in 1961 it was translated in 1979 and includes the original essay which combined the Chinese tradition of ghost stories with communist propaganda It was great It talked about how ghosts don t exist but how we could learn from the strength and independence of the characters in the stories to fight against imperalism and other evils today I have inlcuded the cover blurb at the bottom to give a feel of this It was great to see PRC propaganda mixed with the Chinese literary tradition The book also has lovely woodcut plates illustrating scenes from the stories Definitely one I d recommend if ou can find a copy This book includes 35 stories about not being afraid of ghosts which "are taken from ancient Chinese collections of tales and anaecdotes They show the adroitness and courage of Chinese " taken from ancient Chinese collections of tales and anaecdotes They show the adroitness and courage of Chinese in ancient times who dared to defy ghosts Today everyone knows there are no such things as ghosts But while there are no demons like those described in these tales there are many things which resemble them imperialism reactionaries difficulties and obstacles at work for example These stories therefore may be considered in the nature of allegories and satires There are no ghosts Belief in ghosts is a backward idea a superstition and a sign of cowardice So opens this curious little Chinese anthology I picked it up in Oxfam partly because of the woodcut illustrations and partly because of the delightfully prosaic title It turns out the ancient stories were chosen between 1959 and 1961 as fables and satires that illustrated Communist ideals of anti imperialist rationalism This is explained at length in the inadvertently funny and slightly sinister 17 page preface a pompous and opaue flurry of political doctrine and jargon The Stories The 35 stories themselves are very short and many are like anecdotes than stories The titles and endings are often as endearingly banal as that of the collection For example After 30 days being inundated with frogs of increasing. This book includes thirty five stories about not being afraid of ghosts which are taken from ancient Chinese collections of tales and anecdotes They show the adroitness and courage of Ch.