Hot & Poisoned Soup?
As in the saying: one man’s pleasure is another
man’s poison; so too with the hot stuff.
Just because the guy next to you can eat it,
doesn’t mean you can do the same thing:
it could be the poison which does you in.
Like the tea-like Shui-Mang plant of the Hunan
Province which can cause death within three days.
The Ghosts of the Shui-Mang would trick the
innocent people into being poisoned as substitutes,
enabling the Ghost Murderers to be reborn as people.
Thus, the poison became their pleasure and
that Hot & Sour soup just might be your ticket
to a one-way boat ride with Charon across the Styx.
“Do you have any of those cursed crullers left?”
“I hear they’re killers,” one guy asks as if
volunteering for some scientific experiment:
Food Poisoning as a form of Russian Roulette.
‘Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’:
a popular mantra for the Fugu-eaters and
risk takers around the world.
---Purple Mark 09/15/2012
- “Cho hated the custom whereby the Shui-Mang ghost tricked innocent people into being poisoned as substitutes, enabling the Ghost Murderers to be reborn as people.” Tom Te-Wu Ma. Chinese Ghost Stories For Adults: Sex, Love & Murder between Spirits and Mortals. (Barricade Books, 2000) Page 63.
- “The moral of the story: just because the guy next to you can eat a hot food, doesn’t mean you can.” Janet Hazen. Hot, Hotter, Hottest. (Chronicle Books, 1992) Page 11.
- “Do you have any of those cursed crullers left” he asked, “I hear they’re killers.” Jessica Beck. Killer Crullers. (Minotaur Books, 2012) Page 53.