Censored by Confucius: Ghost Stories by Yuan Mei

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The Reincarnation of Cai Jing

During the reign of the Chongzhen emperor at the end of the Ming dynasty, there lived a gentleman who claimed to be the reincarnation of Cai Jing. He said that he was an officer from heaven who had fallen into the deepest of all the levels of hell. He had flashes of extreme clarity whenever anybody recited the Benevolent King Sutra.

He claimed that one of his punishments had been rebirth as a Yangzhou widow. She was forced to live on her own, maintaining a strict code of chastity, for forty years. Consequently, this gentleman had a liking for the strangest sexual activities.

He was, for instance, particularly fond of admiring the buttocks of beautiful women and the penises of handsome men. He maintained that male beauty was better admired from the front, whereas female beauty was better from a rear view. Anyone who thought otherwise he deemed ignorant of good sexual practice.

He would often dress women in men's gowns and singlets and, conversely, dress men in women's skirts and jewelry, taking great delight in groping and fondling the profusion of buttocks and penises.

His several dozen concubines and houseboys were often involved in his strange escapades as well. One game which was particularly good fun involved having everyone remove the clothing from their lower body while completely covering their heads. The trick then was to run around and guess who was who by feeling the exposed bodies.

One of the cabinet's scribes, a man by the name of Shi Jun, was very slim and good-looking, but more importantly, his private parts were quite exquisite. Our gentleman loved to suck on Shi Jun's penis and found endless delight in playing with it. Indeed, whenever this gentleman was asked for an example of his calligraphy, he would insist that Shi Jun grind the ink for him before he proceeded.

Mr. Shi's buttocks were given the nickname "handfuls of jade white brocade" and his penis was called the "immortal rosy rod" by the adoring gentleman.

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