New PDF release: ASIAN HIGHLANDS PERSPECTIVES Volume 20: Ballad of the Huang

By Jing Shi (Keith Dede and Susan Su, translators)

INTRODUCTION

THE BALLAD OF THE HUANG RIVER

OLD guy ZHANG PANS FOR GOLD

THE outstanding story OF THE GOLDEN PHOENIX EGG

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61• The world had once again returned to the time of the great prehistoric flood. But this time, that careless Noah hadn't thought to prepare a second ark to save all living creatures. The peddler used both hands to prop himself on the hoe, braced his legs, and stood steady next to the drain like the Great Yu, tamer of floods. "This drain hasn't been cleared in years, where's your husband? What's he doing? " He spat out a few words with trembling lips. "Husband? My husband, he…" All of a sudden, the peddler's body, which had been standing firm, bent over like an overstuffed woolen satchel, and he fell heavily into the mud in the courtyard.

Mute Donkey struck a match and tossed it on the kindling. Blue smoke rose up as Mancang was engulfed in flames, starting with her long, elegant hair. The goddess in the flames wasn't yielding from the struggle. The flames began licking her eyelids. Her eyes grew larger as she stared, unbendingly staring at the people destroying her flesh. The onlookers turned their heads away one after the other, and their bodies felt as though they were infested with countless red ants. The women sobbed. Zhenlian, on the other hand, was like a chicken that had been knocked silly with a club.

The peddler began eating again. " Zhenlian finally couldn't stop herself from pointing this out. " "Forget it. " "It's no trouble. " As Zhenlian spoke, she walked into the room, found some white cloth and thread, and came back out. "Take it off. " Touched by her kindness, the peddler looked at Zhenlian, took off his shirt, and handed it to her. The sour smell of sweat and smoke filled her nose. Zhenlian began patching. Her actions were swift and sure. " "I grew this mouth that needs to eat, so I've got to work my legs til they break.

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