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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2006 11:24 pm  Reply with quote

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does anyone know on the web where i can buy japanese hell art or di yu in chinese mythology. some of this stuff is pretty demented.
The concept of '18 levels of hell' started at Tang Dynasty. The Buddist text ?(間地獄經) mentioned 134 worlds of hell, but was simplified to 18 levels of hell for convenience.

See the Chinese version of article for more information.

1. Chamber of Wind and Thunder People who kill and commit heinous crimes out of greed are sent here for punishment.
2. Chamber of Grinding Wealthy men who do no good and waste food are being ground into powder in this chamber.
3. Chamber of Flames People who steal, plunder, rob and cheat are sent here to be burnt.
4. Chamber of Ice Children who ill-treat their parents and elders are sent here to be frozen in ice.
5. Chamber of Oil Cauldrons Sex offenders such as rapists, lechers, adulterers are being fried in oil in this chamber.
6. Chamber of Dismemberment by Sawing Kidnappers and people who force good women into prostitution suffer the fate of being sawn in this chamber.
7. Chamber of Dismemberment by Chariot Corrupt officials and landlords who oppress and exploit the people are being dismembered by a chariot in this chamber.
8. Chamber of Mountain of Knives People who cheat customers by earning more than they should, profiteers who jack up prices and cheat on the quality of goods are being made to shed blood by climbing the mountain of knives.
9. Chamber of Tongue Ripping Gossips who stir trouble and liars suffer the fate of having their tongues ripped out in this chamber.
10. Chamber of Pounding Cold-blooded murderers are being pounded in this chamber.
11. Chamber of Torso-severing Scheming and ungrateful men have their torsos severed in this chamber.
12. Chamber of Scales Crooks who oppress the innocent, people who cheat on the quality of goods and daughters-in-law who ill-treat their in-laws have hooks pierced into their body and hung upside down.
13. Chamber of Eye-gouging Peeping toms who go around peeking and leering have their eyeballs gouged out in this chamber.
14. Chamber of Heart-digging People with evil hearts have theirs dug out in this chamber.
15. Chamber of Disembowelment Instigators, hypocrites and tomb-robbers have their bowels dug out in this chamber.
16. Chamber of Blood Blasphemous crooks who show no respect to the gods suffer the fate of being skinned in this chamber.
17. Chamber of Maggots Crooks who use loopholes in the law to cheat and engage in malpractice are being eaten alive by maggots in this chamber.
18. Chamber of Avici Crooks who have committed heinous crimes, brought misery to the people and betrayed the ruler are being placed on a platform above an inferno. The unlucky ones would fall off the platform into the inferno and burn while the lucky ones remain on the platform. These spirits are never to be reincarnated.


Alternate names in Chinese language

Among the more common names for the Underworld are (the most common ones near the top):

* 地獄 - d y the underworld prison
* 地府 - d fŭ the underworld mansion
* 黃泉 - hung qun the yellow spring (meaning the origin/source of life and death, possibly a reference to the Yellow River)
* 陰間 - yīn jiān the shady space
* 陰府 - yīn fŭ the shady mansion
* 陰司 - yīn sī the shady office
* 森羅殿 - shēnlu din the court of Sinluo
* 閻羅殿 - ynlu din the court of Yanluo
* 九泉 - jiŭ qun the nine springs (origin/source)
* 重泉 - chng qun the repeating spring (origin/source)
* 泉路 - qun l the spring road
* 幽冥 - yū mng the serene darkness
* 幽壤 - yū răng the serene land
* 火炕 - huŏ kng the fire pit
* 九幽 - jiŭ yū the nine serenities
* 九原 - jiŭ yun the nine origins
* 冥府 mng fŭ the dark mansion
* 阿鼻 - ā b (pinyin), a Buddhist term, from Sanskrit Avīci, the hell of uninterrupted torture, last and deepest of eight hot hells
* 足跟 - gēn z the heel of the foot, also means hells
* 酆都城 - Fēngdū Chng, name of a city imagined to contain an entrance to Di Yu

And terminologies related to hell:

* 奈何橋 - the bridge of helplessness
* 望鄉臺 - the home viewing pavilion
* 油鍋 - the deep frying wok, one of the tortures in hell.
* 三塗 (Budd. 火塗,刀塗,血塗) - the three tortures, burn by fire, chop by knife, torn apart by beasts.


Di Yu in popular culture

Although not found in religious texts, Chinese pop culture use deeper levels of hell, typically 19, to refer the type of punishment should be offered to some criminals.

There is a novel by Cai Jun (蔡骏) named '19th level of hell' (地狱的第十九层)[1]. Contents of the book is offered online.

There is also an online game named '100 levels of hell'[2].

Barry Hughart's novel The Story of the Stone features a mind-trip to Hell, with several of the levels described.
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