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Tuesday, August 5, 2014
The Law Suit From Hell (告阴状)
folks believe that if a person is being mistreated unfairly in this
materialistic world and that there is no other possible ways to redeem his/her
justice through this human court of law; then this person can take up his/her
case with ‘Lord of Hell’ (阎王) or ‘Lord of East Mountain’ (东岳大帝).
is pretty simple:
person must write an official letter addressed to the Lord of Hell. The letter
should be written on a piece of green or white paper using black ink. All
details must be furnished just as with the human court suits… Only that no
lawyer is needed but one may invite a Taoist or an elder to be the witness.
paperwork is done, the person should go to the temple of the lord with some
food offerings and joss papers. He/she should kneel down in front of the Lord’s
statue and recite aloud his case and demands that justice is swiftly carried
out within this life.
It is said
that the law of underworld is very different from the human law in that the
human laws can be twisted to one’s advantage and according to the lawyer’s
wits. No such things in the underworld as the lord will only listens to the
reports of his messenger and the judgment is final.
Now, let me
tell you a personal story of an old granny who has lodge a formal complaint to
started my first job with a fabrication company in Ipoh, my neighbor was an old
granny whom I called her Ah Mah. She was around 80 years old but still strong
and managing a small food stall just in front of her house.
I used to
stop over her food stall to enjoy her economic fried vermicelli and red bean
soups. At times when this Ah Mah was happy, she even provided her food for free
too! She said she only wanted to pass her time but hate to sit idly in her
Ah Mah only
has a son, Robert. But Robert wasn’t anywhere resembled his mom, he liked to
gamble and many times at night, I heard sounds of people quarreling came out
from the Ah Mah’s house. Apparently Robert had lost money and wanted to dig the
poor old Ah Mah’s hard earned money. The concerned neighbors did advised Ah Mah
to lodge police reports but the old granny just wanted to protect her son.
I visited Ah Mah’s stall to have my breakfast as usual before my work. I
noticed that Ah Mah’s left forehead had a very bad bruise and that there was a
black green circle around her left eye socket. Apparently that Robert has gone
overboard and physically abused this old woman when she refused to give her
beloved gold heirloom necklace up. It looked like Ah Mah was very sad so when I
finished my work that day, I paid her a visit as I was actually quite worry of
the old lady’s well being.
When I was
at Ah Mah’s place, she cried most of the time as she was so disappointed with
Robert and she wanted to make an official complaint to the Lord of Hell and her
family ancestors. Since she was illiterate, she asked me to help her in writing
So as she
narrated, I start writing.
writing was done, I brought her to a Lord of Hell shrine nearby and burnt the
paper as requested by Ah Mah.
I left Ipoh
soon after that for a career change.
months later, I heard from an old acquaintance that Ah Mah had passed away
peacefully and that Robert had met with an accident and now crippled the night
Ah Mah died.
I am not
sure if it is retribution on Robert’s not filial (不孝顺) or it was merely a coincidence.
will just leave it as an urban legend for now…