Chapter 1: The Sixteen-Character Yin-Yang Feng Shui Secret Technique For Finding Dragons In The Tomb

In "Ghost Blows Out the Light", Hu Bayi's theory of tomb-robbing all comes from half of the book "Sixteen-Character Yin-Yang Feng Shui Secret Technique". It is said that this book was written by Zhang Sanlianzi, a tomb-robbing master in the Qing Dynasty.

Is there really such a book "The Secret Art of Yin-Yang Feng Shui" written by a tomb-raider? Unfortunately, as I have said before, the tomb-raider in the novel is a fictitious setting, so the "The Secret Art of Yin-Yang Feng Shui" is naturally made up by the author. Even similar books do not exist. There has never been such a book in the world, and there is definitely no legend of the sixteen-character Feng Shui. However, there is a legend of a sixteen-character fortune-teller, which is far from Feng Shui. Let me briefly talk about it here.

According to legend, there was a wealthy family named Wang in the past. There was a rich lady in the family. One year, she visited a deserted garden and picked up a grain ear. The grain ear was very fresh. It grew from the bones of a dead person in the ground. There was only one plump grain seed on it, which smelled fragrant. Miss Wang didn't know what she was thinking at the time, and she actually ate the grain. After she returned home, she suddenly felt something and became pregnant. After ten months of pregnancy, she gave birth to a son. Since the child had no father, he had to take his mother's surname Wang and name Chan. After he became an adult, he went into the mountains to learn Taoism. He called himself Guiguzi and could know the past and future. Later generations called him Wang Chan. This person could not only calculate the cause and effect of all things, but also calculate the changes of the sun, moon and stars. He could be said to know 500 years in the past and 500 years in the future. Usually fortune tellers would use eight characters when telling fortunes, but Guiguzi used sixteen characters, so he was also known as the "Sixteen-Character Fortune Teller". However, Guiguzi's fortune-telling chart has not been passed down, and this story is just a legend circulating among the people.

The real Guiguzi did exist. He was active in the Warring States Period. His family name was Wang, but his name was unknown. Because he lived in Guigu, he was called Guiguzi. Zhang Yi and Su Qin, two famous figures in the Warring States Period, both studied the art of diplomacy under Guiguzi and were proficient in physiognomy and military tactics. Sun Bin, the most outstanding military strategist in Chinese history, was also a disciple of Guiguzi. Guiguzi traveled around the countries and lived for hundreds of years, but his whereabouts were unknown. There is another legend that is more like a myth: Guiguzi was a famous person, or a clam, and was also called Xuanweizi. He was also a teacher of Qin and Han. He had a close relationship with Erlang Zhenjun, ranked among the immortals, and was regarded as the ancestor of Wangchan. The most famous painting about him that has been circulated in later generations is the blue and white porcelain jar "Guigu Going Down the Mountain", which is known as the most valuable porcelain in China and the world. This priceless Yuan Dynasty porcelain jar is now lost in the United States. The teacher Guigu in "Guigu Going Down the Mountain" has a kind appearance, just like the Yuan Dynasty vernacular story of him riding a cart pulled by two tigers going down the mountain. In fact, the cart is pulled by a tiger and a leopard. This shows his noble character, which is completely different from other Taoist and Buddhist laymen, and is awe-inspiring.

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