New definitions

In the spirit of I’m sorry I haven’t a clue

Further to Speaking from the heart, where I noted the somewhat elaborate definition of the term dundian, here’s another fine definition—ironically, from the Chinese-Chinese dictionary of Li Manshan, no less, which we consulted when I mentioned the term lu, Daoist “registers” (lengthy hereditary titles bestowing the authority to conduct rituals), unfamiliar to him:


a superstitious thing that Daoists use to trick people
(my translation)

Hmm. Li Manshan shrugs, and we both giggle.

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