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The Xi shi (惜誓 "Sorrow for Troth Betrayed")

Identifier

010769

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

The "Xi shi" (惜誓 "Sorrow for Troth Betrayed") resembles the "Yuan You", and both reflect Daoist ideas from the Han period. "Though unoriginal in theme," says Hawkes (1985:239), "its description of air travel, written in a pre-aeroplane age, is exhilarating and rather impressive."

A description of the experience

The "Xi shi" (惜誓 "Sorrow for Troth Betrayed")

We gazed down of the Middle Land with its myriad people
As we rested on the whirlwind, drifting about at random.
In this way we came at last to the moor of Shao-yuan:
There, with the other blessed ones, were Red Pine and Wang Qiao.
The two Masters held zithers tuned imperfect concord:
I sang the Qing Shang air to their playing.
In tranquil calm and quiet enjoyment,
Gently I floated, inhaling all the essences.
But then I thought that this immortal life of [僊] the blessed,
Was not worth the sacrifice of my home-returning. (tr. Hawkes 1985:240)

The source of the experience

Taoism

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

god
God

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Overloads

Activity not known

Commonsteps

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