CAP. XIX.] The Secret of Life 237
usually say when in reality they know nothing about the individual. and said, "Your Highness is self-injured. How could a bogy injure you ? When the vital strength is dissipated in anger, and is not renewed, there is a deficiency. When its tendency is in one direction upwards, the result is to incline men to wrath. When its tendency is in one direction downwards, the result is loss of memory. When it remains stagnant, in the middle of the body, the result is disease."
"Very well," said the Duke, " but are there such things as bogies?"
" There are," replied Huang. " There is the mud spirit Li ; the fire spirit Kao ; Lei T'ing, the spirit of the dust-bin ; P'ei O and Wa Lung, sprites of the north-east ; Yi Yang of the north-west ; Wang Hsiang of the water ; the Hsin of the hills ; the K'uei of the mountain ; the Pang Huang of the moor ; the Wei I of the marsh."
The garb and bearing of the above beings are very fully described by commentators.
" And what may the Wei I be like?" asked the Duke.
"The Wei I," replied Huang, " is as broad as a cart-wheel and as long as the shaft. It wears purple clothes and a red cap. It is a sentient being, and whenever it hears the rumble of thunder, it stands up in a respectful attitude. Those who see this bogy are like to be chieftains among men."
The Duke laughed exultingly and said, " The