remembered about the Mound of Beasts, 351 and gazing toward the Zuisenji Temple, he thought, 'Even here in broad daylight, how ghastly it all seems!'
Muzen told his story to people in the capital, and that is how the tale has come to be recorded.
THE CALDRON OF
(Kibitsu no Kama)352
'You may hate the clamours of a jealous wife, 353 but when you grow old you'll learn her true worth.' Who was it that uttered those words? Even if a jealous wife does not cause you great misfortune, she will interfere with your business affairs, destroy your possessions, and bring down on you your neighbours' criticism. And if she does cause you genuine calamity, you might lose your home, ruin your country, or become an object of ridicule for the whole world. Since ancient times the poison of jealousy has stricken untold multitudes of men.
When a jealous woman dies, she may become a serpent. She can wreak her, fury with a thunderbolt. 354 Even if you should cut the flesh of a vengeful woman into mincemeat, 355 it wouldn't help. True, these are extreme examples, and if a husband watches closely over his own conduct and educates his wife, he can surely avoid such disasters. Nonetheless, if a man is overcome by some capricious whim and arouses his wife's jealous nature, 356 he may end up by doing harm to himself. 'To tame a bird it takes determination; to tame a wife it requires a husband's native manliness.' This saying is certainly true.