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Sunday, July 20, 2014
Cured By A Cup Of Tea (一杯水之债)
This is a personal
story told by one of my late medium acquaintance from Guangdong, China some
time ago. I just recall it and recorded it in this posting for sharing purposes
before it is wiped out from my memory.
many types of spirit mediums in Chinese culture, the medium I refer to here is
also known as “asking rice” (问米婆). Her name is Aunty Ann and she was quite famous in her profession as a
medium who acted as a bridge between the life and the dead.
One day, a
gentleman known as Mr. Wong from Hong Kong came to Aunty Ann to ask for help.
Apparently Mrs. Wong was suffered from final stage of lung cancer and was sent
home by the good doctors for the family to make final preparations.
was just like you and me when not going into trance. So, she asked Mr. Wong to
be seated and she will ‘go down to underworld’ to fetch Mr. Wong’s late father
to ask if there is any hope for his Mrs.
mumbo jumbo, Aunty Ann’s head begun to shake and her body begun to tremble as
if being possessed. A few minutes lapses and finally a seemingly familiar voice
came out from Aunty Ann’s throat:
“… Son, if
you wanted to cure your wife, then quickly go to a village in Shanxi (山西) and look for a farmer call Wenxi
and ask for him to give you a cup of tea to bring back to Hong Kong for your
wife… Once your wife consumed the tea, then she will recover… Wenxi owed a
favor to your wife in the past years so now is the time to ask him to repay his
karmic debt. Remember, you must bring back the tea within 7 day’s time…”
Wong can ask further, Aunty Ann shivered for a while and regained her consciousness.
Apparently the spirit of Mr. Wong’s father is gone back to the underworld.
So Mr. Wong
thought it wasn’t too difficult to try as he loved his wife a lot. In order to
find out the truth, Mr. Wong travelled to Shanxi the next day. After some
searching, he finally arrived in front the door of Wenxi.
started to knock on the wooden door for a while and finally a gentleman opened
the door and asked: “Who are looking for?”
said: “I am looking for Wenxi.”
gentleman: “Do you know Wenxi?”
Mr. Wong: “No.
Where can I find Wenxi?”
gentleman: “I am Wenxi. Do I know you?”
Mr. Wong: “No.
You don’t know me but I have a favor to ask…”
So good old
Mr. Wong told Wenxi the whole story and naturally Wenxi brushed aside the story
and treated Mr. Wong as a psycho. But Mr. Wong kept bagging and under the
promise of a handsome payment, Wenxi finally agreed and poured a cup of tea for
Mr. Wong to bring back to Hong Kong…
Mr. Wong immediately gave his wife the ‘special’ tea to drink.
weeks, since Mrs. Wong was still well and healthy, she went back to the
hospital for a follow up check up.
It was to
the doctor’s surprised that Mrs. Wong’s cancer was gone!
No one can
explain the above incident until today.
story was quite a sensation for quite a while in Hong Kong.
and perhaps still are many people use Aunty Ann’s name to attract unwary customers
in China and Hong Kong now days.