Curious Chinese Hell
archived 11-05-99
Archive file# o110599b
donated by L. Savage

Curious Chinese Hell
From The Michigan Argus newspaper
of Friday 18 March, 1870, page 1, column 8.

"Variety of Hells.

The Chinese have a sufficiently varied and intense notion of hell torments to nearly equal Rev. Jonathan Edwards' sermon on "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God." The Phrenological Journal says that the place of suffering to which wicked beings are doomed is generally called in Chinese "earth's prison" -- that is, hell in English. It has ten departments, also called "earth prisons," named according to the mode of punishment employed in them. There is a presiding judge, who decides in hades or the place into which the wicked go just after death, in regard to the prison which each is to enter. Flogging, bastinadoing, transportation, banishment, and death are the five punishments which are borne in this life; hell, hungry demons, and the state of brutes, are three ways of suffering after death. The ten kings of hell have each a hell in which to punish those who are condemned to them:"

1.The hell in which are hills stuck full of knives.

2.The hell which has an iron boiler filled with scalding water.

3.The hell of cold ice.

4.The hell of trees stuck full of swords.

5.The hell where men's tongues are plucked out, as a punishment for the sins of the tongue.

6.The hell of poisoned serpents.

7.The hell of cutting and grinding to pieces.

8.The hell of sawing into pieces.

9.The hell with iron beds.

10.The hell of blackness and darkness.

Besides those above named there are many others. For instance, those who killed pigs and dogs will be torn to pieces by pigs and dogs."

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