It was June and the height of the summer heat in Shanxi Province's Xing'an City. A wedding was in process and the bride, dressed in full wedding regalia, including a heavy red veil, suffered greatly as the sedan chair made its long journey to her bridegroom's house. Indeed, so great was the heat inside the chair that by the time the wedding party reached its destination the bride had died from heat exhaustion.
The bride's distraught parents paid for a coffin even though they were unable to take the body back home with them. As a married woman their daughter was, strictly speaking, a member of her husband's family. Her coffin was placed at the rear of an old temple just beyond the city walls.
Now this coffin was not particularly sturdy and it wasn't long before rainwater from the summer downpours had seeped through the walls. The water had a cooling and nourishing effect and it soon revived the body inside.
As the bride regained consciousness she began to moan and mumble, and these noises were detected by the monk and his disciple who were responsible for maintaining the temple. They quickly lifted the coffin lid and there before them lay a beautiful woman.
They helped her out of the coffin and gave her some nourishing broth and medicinal tonic. When she was sufficiently recovered, the monks helped her back to the temple.
The disciple became fixated with the idea of making this woman his own, so he contrived to rid himself of his master. He bought some wine and got his unsuspecting master completely drunk. Once the monk was in this helpless state the disciple took up an axe and killed him. He then dragged the monk's body to the back of the temple and placed it in the bride's coffin.
Picking up the woman, the disciple carried her to a neighboring village, where he took up residence in a deserted temple built in honor