Monday, October 11, 2021

 

Charms and Holy Water are Used to Exorcize Prospect Garden. Source: Sun Wen, Illustrations for the Complete Dream of the Red Chamber.


"The menfolk of both Rong-guo and Ning-guo House had taken courage from the presence of the priests, and were gathered in the Garden to watch the demon-hunt."

 - The Story of the Stone, Volume V; The Dreamer Wakes by Cao Xueqin and Gao E, tr. John Minford.


Since at first there was no space,
Things can have no proper place.
From Void all comes;
To void must all return.

- from "The Story of the Stone, Volume IV: The Debt of Tears" by Cao Xueqin and Gao E, tr. John Minford.