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Hi, everybody!
Do you know what monsters Chinese people are scared of? In this lesson, you'll learn about three scary monsters in China.
Let’s start with the most popular monster.
[slowly] 饕餮
It means gluttonous ogre.
The Taotie is a gluttonous ogre who eats precious items.
A Taotie attacks lonely travelers and kills them for their precious items. The Chinese consider this demonic ogre to be one of the four evil creatures of the world.
That sounds pretty scary, right?
You might have heard about the next monster. The next one is...
[slowly] 僵尸
It can be translated as zombie in English.
A Jiangshi is a reanimated corpse, or a Chinese zombie.
This type of zombie can only move by hopping, as the corpse is suffering from rigor mortis. The monsters have greenish-white skin and kills living creatures for their chi (life force).
Okay. Here's the last monster.
[slowly] 女鬼
Have you heard of this monster? It literally means female ghost.
This is a restless female ghost who committed suicide in a red dress because of injustice committed against her. She returns as a ghost to take revenge.
Let's wrap up this lesson by recapping what we've learned. Listen to the names of each monster and repeat after me.
Gluttonous ogre
* beep
* beep
Female ghost
* beep
Well done! [pause]
Did you know there is a similar holiday to Halloween in China?
There are several Chinese festivals similar to Halloween. These are the Hungry Ghost festival, the Qing Ming festival, the Double Nine festival, and the Chinese Spring festival. The Ghost Month, which is the 7th month on the Chinese Lunar Calendar, and the 15th day of the Ghost Month, are also occasions for honoring the souls of the departed with rituals and gifts.
You just learned about three scary monsters in China and a cultural fact about Halloween in China.
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I'll see you next time. Zàijiàn!