The Story Of The Willow Spirit

I often remember that when we were young, if a girl was too coquettish, easy to dress up, or overly cheerful and lively, she would be called a "willow spirit" by adults. Why do adults like to curse people with willow tree spirit? We thought it was strange, so we pestered the third wife to tell us stories. The third wife was a very interesting and talkative woman who liked to tell us stories tirelessly. Now that we think about it, the third wife can really be regarded as our second wife. Where is the enlightenment teacher! Now I recall this story and let some friends share it with me!

There is a young couple living in a small village. They have been married for many years, but the wife has not given birth to a boy or a girl. There is a well next to their house, with a sweet spring flowing all year round. The well water Warm in winter and cool in summer, it supports the whole village of young and old, livestock and poultry. There is a willow tree growing next to the well, standing there like a graceful beauty, looking into the distance! The male host often looks at the willow tree in trance! The way the willow branches swayed in the wind often made him mistake it for a beautiful woman dancing in the wind!

As time went on, the man seemed to pay more attention to the willow tree than his wife. The mistress would often use the willow tree as a clothes hanger after washing her clothes by the well, and tie the thick willow branches with her own silk handkerchief. Leave all your clothes cold on the willow tree! It has been like this all year round, as if he is venting his grievances. Every time the male owner sees it, he feels very sad. He often silently collects the clothes and takes them to other places to dry in order to reduce the load on the willow tree.

Every time the shepherd boy in the village comes to water the livestock, he likes to break long wicker sticks and whip them in front of the cattle. If he meets the male master, he will be given a full drink! Gradually, the village children had no choice but to quietly fold willow branches when the male master did not see him! Because of the protection of its male owner, the willow tree became more and more luxuriant and beautiful! But because the hostess was often ignored by the male host, the hostess gradually lost weight and became very sick!

One rainy evening, a Taoist priest who was looking for a place to stay came to the host's house. The couple warmly received the Taoist priest. After having a good meal and wine, the Taoist kindly told the host of the house, "The tree next to your house." The willow tree has become a spirit and is now entangled with your wife, which is why your wife has become yellow, skinny, and sick! You must save your wife quickly. If you are late, it will be too late. If you are not in time, Your wife will die soon." The Taoist priest told the male host a method of auspicious demons. He asked the male host to use the black silk handkerchief wrapped around his wife's head to tie up the willow branches to control the regrowth of the willow branches. The Taoist priest told the male host After telling him his contact information, he left the village.

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The male host always likes the way the willow branches flutter in the wind! Asked to bind the branches, he was very unhappy! And he didn't believe what the Taoist priest said at all. Fortunately, the conversation between the Taoist priest and the male host was heard by the hostess. The hostess had always been harboring resentment in her heart because of the male host's indifference to her and his caring for the willow tree. , and she felt very wrong for not giving birth to an offspring, so she often dared to be angry but dared not speak out. She did not dare to ask the male master to solve her inner demons! I tied all the willow branches tightly with silk handkerchiefs, so that the willow trees no longer danced gracefully in the wind as usual.

The man of the house was very angry when he saw this situation and scolded his wife for believing in superstitious rumors! A willow tree is just a tree, how can it become a spirit? It was the wife who was overly suspicious and made herself sick. Instead of going to the doctor to prescribe medicine for treatment, she believed the lies of the Taoist priest! The man of the house tore off his wife's silk handkerchief, perhaps because he was terminally ill or because he was so angry. Not long after, his wife really died! After the man buried his wife, he was all alone. He usually went to herd cattle with the village boys and did half-hearted work on the crops in the fields. He felt that his life was not very interesting! Especially since I have worked hard for half my life and have no offspring, I feel more and more depressed!

One early morning, when the man of the house went to the well to draw water, he saw a young woman with willow eyebrows and a slim waist drinking water from the well. With her face and figure, the man of the house stood there and stared at her, not knowing what to say. The woman asked him first. Her voice was charming and charming, as if she had magnetism. It's just that her clothes are a little shabby, but it doesn't affect her charming face and graceful figure! The woman told her husband that she had fled from a far away place and came here. She had no relatives and no one to rely on. She hadn't had a bite to eat in several days. She saw that the water in this well was crystal clear. , so I drank a lot. It was the first time for the male host to see such a stunning young woman! So he couldn't wait to ask her to sit at his home and cook a bowl of delicious noodles for her to eat.

So the two of them started chatting, and the more they talked, the more they liked each other. Seeing that the woman had no intention of leaving, they simply proposed to her, and she accepted it happily!

The male host married a stunning beauty as his wife, and the news was famous in hundreds of miles around. People often came to visit them at home to admire the beauty! The life at home is also very nourishing, but the male host seems not as good as before and always feels tired. In addition to doing housework, the woman likes to go to the mountains to graze cattle with the children. The male host still cares about the tree by the well. The children would quietly break willow branches to drive the cattle when the host and hostess were not around. Every time they folded the willow tree, the hostess would get a scar for no reason. The male host felt very distressed when he saw it and asked her what happened. She always said perfunctorily that she had accidentally scratched her body. The couple loved each other and were not harmonious. In order to change the mental state of the male master, the mistress made her life enjoyable! Every night, I cook a willow-leaf poached egg for my husband. He eats it and sleeps until dawn. He always had insomnia before and his sleep was not good at all. Now he can eat and sleep, and his life is sweet. The only drawback is that I still haven’t given birth to a child!

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Suddenly one day, there was one less child in the village who went to herd cattle in the mountains! The villagers searched all the hillsides but could not find it. Strange things that had not happened for many years began to appear. When the village returned to peace and people had almost forgotten about the lost child, there would be one less. There would always be one missing every year. Five children were lost, and an atmosphere of terror filled the village. The adults did not dare to let their children go herding cattle, but the children would still be lost even if they were kept at home. People in the village were panicked.

So some people went to the temple to find the Taoist priest who passed by the village. The Taoist priest came to the village to have a look, and then went directly to the house by the well. The hostess closed the door that day, and I don’t know where she went. The male master was working in the fields, and the Taoist priest told him all the truth. Unexpectedly, the male master beat and scolded the Taoist priest for his lies and deceived the public. He said that he did not believe that his beautiful wife was a willow tree spirit, so the Taoist priest told the male master sincerely. He noticed many phenomena and asked him if he had ever seen such a stunning beauty! Asked him if he knew her family background? Asked him if the scars that often appeared on her body were when the willow branches were broken off by children, and asked him if he had never woken up at night after drinking Liuye poached eggs every night!

The most important thing is to ask the male host to recall that when he was sweeping the floor, did he find a lot of things piled under the bed? He asked the male host to go home and remove the things to see what they were? The man of the house went home and used a pair of pokers to hook up some bone residue, just like a child's finger and toe bones! But the male host was still dubious. He thought it was a rat bone. There was no other way, so the old Taoist priest made a desperate bet with the male host. If his wife is really a willow tree spirit, he requires the male host to cooperate with him to get rid of the demon. If not, he will jump into the well and commit suicide in front of the male host to clear their innocence as a couple.

Seeing what the old Taoist priest said, the male host reluctantly agreed to cooperate with him to try. The old Taoist priest warned the male host that during these few nights, his wife needed to eat a child to replenish her energy. The Taoist priest He made a child out of flour and secretly exchanged the child hidden by the willow tree spirit. The Taoist priest asked the male master not to be afraid or surprised no matter what phenomenon he saw, and not to let his wife find out that he knew her secrets!

All the preparations were flawless. One night, the man of the house still picked up the willow-leaf poached eggs that his wife cooked for him. But this time he didn't taste a bite, so he quietly poured it for his own pigs, touched his mouth and pretended to eat. He was enjoying it with gusto. When he was resting in the evening, the male host had a gentle and lingering time with his wife as usual. He pretended to be as sleepy as usual and fell asleep. In fact, he was gurgling in his heart! What exactly are you doing to keep an eye on your wife? I saw my wife quietly getting up and crawling into my ear, whispering to myself: "Husband, husband, are you asleep?" After calling a few times, she confirmed that she was asleep, and began to comb her hair. She sat down On the edge of the bed, he held his head with both hands and gently turned it with a "ji" sound, then took the head off. Then he put it on his knees and combed it, and his hair looked like willow branches blowing in the wind! The male owner was so frightened that he was sweating all over. When he saw her combing her hair, she went out quietly. In order to confirm the situation clearly, the male owner took a few courage pills given to him by the Taoist priest. Waiting for his wife to come back.

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About two hours later, the wife came back like the wind, holding a little boy in her arms. She was very careful and whispered a few times in the male owner's ear, "Husband. Husband, you are fast asleep." ?" Seeing that her husband didn't respond, she started to eat the child she brought back! Because this child was created by a Taoist priest, her food tasted very bad, but she didn’t know why? After eating, I lay down on the bed to sleep, because at this time the rooster was about to crow and everything became silent!

The man pretended to be asleep and reached out to touch his wife in his dream. He found that her skin was not as smooth and tender as usual, but as rough as tree bark! He finally understood the truth. It turned out that she didn't eat a real boy tonight, so she had no energy.

The next day, just after dawn, he hurriedly went to find the Taoist priest. The Taoist priest asked him to cut down the willow tree by the well, but he was not allowed to say anything. The Taoist priest had no choice but to let him take some silk thread and quietly cut it down. He tied the wicker sticks, and he did as the Taoist priest ordered. But when he returned home, he found that his wife had not gotten up, so he opened the quilt and took a look, but there was no trace of his wife! But there was a withered willow stick lying on the bed. It turned out that the Taoist priest had expected that the male host would not have the heart to hurt the willow tree spirit, so he tampered with the man in front of him, so the willow tree spirit disappeared like this!

The man of the house reorganized the house and swept away a lot of bone remains under his bed! He felt very guilty and felt sorry for the people in the village! So on an unknown night, he quietly fell and died on the willow tree beside the well! After some days, the willow tree also died!

This is the story I heard from my third wife when I was young. Why do the elders like to use the willow tree spirit to scold us girls? I think it’s probably because the willow branches sway in the wind, and they look soft and refined! Maybe girls still like to be scolded as willow spirits! At least it can prove that I am different, charming and beautiful!

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