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Old Chinese Shit.

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Old Chinese Shit.

Postby Fox » 02 Jan 2015, 22:25

Today I was reading some old Chinese shit about time, ancestors, and teeth.

There must exist a Chinese expression to which "Time has no teeth". It was a murder story of sorts (sans the mystery) in which the grandson murders his great grandmother for having perfect teeth before passing into oblivion.

He kills her in cohort with his brothers because if she dies with perfect teeth she'll bring down the neighbourhood by being some old bat who died with perfect teeth haunting the district. As, as we all know, if some old bat dies with perfect teeth she will haunt the surroundings based on the well known truism that old people dying with perfect teeth are still hungry for life. She dies on the make shift operating table, basically her coffin which the sons had bought ahead of time by about two decades. They with her consent pull all her teeth in one gruesome misadventure. Upon her death all is not especially well with the world until they enter her boudoir (to which all previous entry had been studiously declined). Where they discover she has collected the shoes of generations of family members and placed them in concentric circles describing our moments on this mortal coil.

It was a story full of pragmatism and mystery.
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Re: Old Chinese Shit.

Postby Hokwongwei » 02 Jan 2015, 22:36

what
This is a highly proper signature.
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Re: Old Chinese Shit.

Postby Fox » 02 Jan 2015, 22:47

That's it. That is the story. It is not exactly Plato. Still it was beautifully written. I'm basically giving you the kernel here. It was story of progress. Not to a higher plain or anything like that. It was more existential.
"When liberty comes with hands dabbled in blood it is hard to shake hands with her." Wilde

"I don't know where the sun beams end and the star light begins. It's all a mystery." Flaming Lips

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Re: Old Chinese Shit.

Postby superking » 02 Jan 2015, 23:18

I thought this was a thread about tea eggs.
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Re: Old Chinese Shit.

Postby Fox » 02 Jan 2015, 23:45

1000 year old eggs. He said she smelt like a coffin and its rusty nails. This was all on the basis of her being so old she dated back to the Ming Dynasty customs of never showering or brushing one's teeth.
"When liberty comes with hands dabbled in blood it is hard to shake hands with her." Wilde

"I don't know where the sun beams end and the star light begins. It's all a mystery." Flaming Lips

"a man's position here is not ruled so much by what he can earn as by what he can owe and still remain at large." Letters of a Shanghai Griffin

"It's called the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it." George Carlin

The American oligarchy spares no pains in promoting the belief that it does not exist, but the success of its disappearing act depends on equally strenuous efforts on the part of an American public anxious to believe in egalitarian fictions and unwilling to see what is hidden in plain sight.
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Re: Old Chinese Shit.

Postby tango42 » 03 Jan 2015, 09:17

Do you have any more source material shit? This could be an old Chinese story, or some smaller superstition, or even a script from a movie.
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Re: Old Chinese Shit.

Postby antarcticbeech » 03 Jan 2015, 17:01

I thought this thread was gonna be about an archaeological find, like a Terracotta Army of stool samples. But it's even better than that.
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Re: Old Chinese Shit.

Postby Blaquesmith » 03 Jan 2015, 17:58

Fox, have you seen the japanese movie "The ballad of Narayama"? It has some weird stuff going on with the perfect teeth and old people. There, an old woman breaks her teeth so her family can carry her into the mountains and abandon her to die without bad conscience (they were supposed to do so when someone couldn't eat by him or herself).

What's weirder is that the actress did the teeth-breaking scene for real, no F/X.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084390/
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Re: Old Chinese Shit.

Postby Fox » 04 Jan 2015, 05:54

Blaquesmith wrote:Fox, have you seen the japanese movie "The ballad of Narayama"? It has some weird stuff going on with the perfect teeth and old people. There, an old woman breaks her teeth so her family can carry her into the mountains and abandon her to die without bad conscience (they were supposed to do so when someone couldn't eat by him or herself)..ncest
What's weirder is that the actress did the teeth-breaking scene for real, no F/X.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084390/


Good find. The story I'm referring to is called the Ancestor. It is published in an anthology of
Chinese short stories by Penguin. It is an excellent series.
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"I don't know where the sun beams end and the star light begins. It's all a mystery." Flaming Lips

"a man's position here is not ruled so much by what he can earn as by what he can owe and still remain at large." Letters of a Shanghai Griffin

"It's called the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it." George Carlin

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Re: Old Chinese Shit.

Postby jesus80 » 04 Jan 2015, 09:06

I'm disappointed.
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