The shaman told me she believed that humans were half-monkey, half-angel, a foul and beautiful marriage of opposites. I did not share her view but found comfort in it, thinking maybe it was a better option than Hell, the creation of Hell, the notion of Hell, the myth and reality of this Hell. Her view explained nothing, but she never intended it to.
“Baizhang personally met the wild fox;
questioned by it, his heart was greatly perturbed.
Now, I ask you, practitioners of the way,
have you completely spat out the wid fox’s saliva, or not?”
–Facheng [Jingyin] Kumu