After eating 7 grains of rice after his death, he threatened to threaten Sima Yi with a ‘super soul’.
Zhuge Liang is an intelligent and talented character in the Three Kingdoms period, with the position of Prime Minister of the State of Shu, devoted his whole life to being devoted, loyal and devoted. Although he is described as “half god, half human”, he still cannot avoid birth – old age – illness – death. Even knowing that he could not live much longer, he rewrote military letters, strategies, and instructions, just because he wanted the Thuc army to be able to safely maintain their forces. Before his death, Zhuge Liang wrote a will to present it to his post-owner, then instructed Duong Nghi that:
“After I die, I can’t do a funeral, wave a flag and beat a drum, you guys should make a big altar, let my body sit on it, with seven grains of rice in my mouth, a bright lamp at my feet, In the army, just keep calm as usual, don’t cry and grieve, then why won’t General Tinh fall, our soul will automatically lift up. If Sima Yi pursues you, you should form a formation, turn the flag and beat the drums again, and then push the cart with My wooden statue in front of the army, order all the generals to stand on the left and right, Sima Yi will see it, they will run away in fear.”
As expected, Sima Yi made astronomical observations and saw a large red star, rays of light radiating at an angle, running from the northeast to the southwest, then straight to Shu Ying. . Falling down three times, jumping up three times again, the sound turned rumbling.
Sima Yi happily shouted: “Confucius is dead!” Immediately gave orders to launch an army to chase and fight, but as soon as he got out of the camp door, he became suspicious: “Kong Minh has a talent for spells, he can command the gods Luc Dinh and Luc Giap. Now seeing that I can’t fight, he created this technique to lure me here. Thinking like that, he turned his horse back in, did not go any further, only ordered Xiahou Ba to lead a few dozen soldiers silently to Ngu Truong mound to spy on the situation.
Receiving news that the Shu army had all withdrawn, Sima Yi immediately ordered the chase, only to confirm that: Khong Minh had indeed surrendered. However, when Sima’s army chased and fought, the Thuc army followed Khong Minh’s instructions, pushed the cart with the wooden statue to the battle, scared the Wei army into panic, their souls flew away, dropped their weapons and fled. Sima Yi was also scared and ran for more than fifty miles before she asked her subordinates: “Is my head still?”
This battle has become the laughing stock of the world. Later in the folklore, the saying, later became a proverb: “Zhu Gia Cat born a life of Trong Dat” (The dead Zhuge still chased Trong Dat alive).
The story of Zhuge Liang’s death has become a famous legend in folklore. Descendants still have questions: Why did Zhuge Liang order to eat 7 grains of rice after he died?
In the letter Khong Minh once explained: “Then why won’t General Tinh fall, my soul can automatically lift up”, but he didn’t say why he held the rice so why would General Tinh not fall. Later, at the end of the Tang Dynasty, a writer named Tran Cai wrote the article “Ngu Truong Nguyen Thi” describing this story.
Zhuge Liang advises “Happiness kicking earth” (underfoot touches the ground), “respect peace of mind money” (mirror placed in front of the heart), holding seven grains of rice in his mouth and an appropriate amount of water, indicating that he is still able to eat and drink like a living person, holding a pen and military book in his hand, and a bright light in front of his head, indicates that he is still planning a military plan.
In fact, this ritual has been around for a long time. Putting some objects in the mouth of the deceased, then burying and burying the body is a custom, in ancient times called “swallowing”, also called “jade in the mouth”, in civilization it is called “san jade”. “swallowing jade”, “eating rice”… The things that the dead usually suck on are jade, rice, and cereals. If sucking on foods in general, they are called “swallowing rice”, if sucking on jewels and ivory, they are all called “swallowing pearls”.
Zhuge Liang is not a vassal, his position of Prime Minister is considered a level of a doctor, so holding rice is suitable for that status. Just like Tran Cai said, this signifies that even though he is dead, he still has the same powers as when he was alive.
But why must it be 7 grains of rice?
In fact, Zhuge Liang’s mouthing of 7 grains of rice before his death is an ancient Chinese folk ritual. This ritual is called “hamma”, whereby grains of rice, pearls or coins are put into the mouth of the dead person.
The ancient Chinese always believed that the deceased should be treated with the same respect as when they were alive. Therefore, they perform rituals of “breaking the jaws” to ensure that the dead will have money and food when in the afterlife.
According to Trinh Huyen’s record in “Chu Le”, the ritual “ham jaw” began to appear in the Xia and Shang dynasties. Especially during the Shang Dynasty, the ritual of stuffing rice into the mouth of the dead was most common. Most people who die must follow this ritual, without exception.
Besides, in the burial practices of the Eastern people, the number “seven” is a mysterious number, containing a deep cultural meaning. For example, in the middle of the seventh lunar month is the Trung Nguyen New Year, also known as the “Demon New Year”, which is the day when the ghosts travel together around the world, the ancients had the custom of burning candles on both sides of the road.
In addition, those who have passed away after seven days of death need to do “Seven heads”, because seven days after death, the soul will return home, so family members need to prepare welcome rice soup. After that, continuously doing legal work, after seven seven forty-nine days, it is possible to transcend the souls of the deceased. Therefore, using seven grains of rice is also borrowing the meaning of the mysterious number “seven” in Eastern culture, also a profound and incalculable meaning of the late forefather Zhuge Liang.
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