Another Ghost Story
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There was once an indian woman named Devi. Indian people usually have sacred and great names related to god. A "Devi" is a female Deva (heavenly being), and the name bears great meaning. Sometimes, Indians name their children after Indra (the mythological1 king of the abode3 of the gods) in hopes that they will be better humans.
 
This indian woman Devi had a young son named lahuve. The mother and child had to flee their home, which was occupied by an evil spirit that had killed many members of their family, including Devi's parents-in-law and lahuve's six uncles. Therefore, she decided4 to take her teenage son away from the haunted house for they were the sole survivors5 in their family. Devi took her son to another place, where she ran a business for a living.
 
Several years later, Lahuve, now grown up, asked his mother: "mom! Where did we come from? My friends always ask me this question and I don't know how to answer them. Ihey want to know why we left our ancestral house." Indian people, like the chinese, the aulacese and other people in Asia, highly treasure their ancestral homes.
 
Thus, his mother told him this story: "In our old abode, eight members of our family were killed by a ghost. Fearing that we would be his next victims, I decided that we shouldn't live there anymore for it would bring us harm." And Lahuve said, "Well! What's so strange about people dying in a house? Where there is birth, there will be death. People die when their time comes. They have already died. Why should we leave our ancestral home? We should return; nothing will happen to us!" His bravery was so convincing that his mother finally consented. They then packed their luggage and went home.
 
Nevertheless, fear dwelled in Devi's heart. Every day, she would make offerings to the ghost before each meal, and lahuve was very curious about her behavior.
 
One day, Devi prepared one of her son's favorite dishes, and he wanted to have the ghost's share as well. Of course, his mother forbade him. So he asked, "Why? For whom is this food reserved? I like this dish very much and i didn't have enough." Devi said, "This is an offering to the ghost. He has already killed eight of our kin2. If we don't offer him food, he will kill us, too."
 
Lahuve was unconvinced by his mother's explanation, and said, "How could this be? Why do you pay so much attention to the ghost? He might not have been responsible for our relatives' deaths." Devi firmly believed that the ghost was behind the family tragedy, for her eight relatives had died one after another. But she had never seen the ghost; she just imagined everything. Her disbelieving son insisted: "Just let me eat it! there is no ghost!" He wanted the food very much, despite his mother's disapproval6. She then said, "Please! Don't eat it, don't! Let the ghost have it. If you eat it, the ghost will kill you. What will I do then?"
 
That day, the ghost really came to enjoy the food. Lahuve sat there waiting for him to appear. When he did, Lahuve asked, "Hey! Ghost! Who are you?" And the ghost told him, "Young man, I am the third brother of your grandfather. After I died, I killed your grandfather and your uncles, because they robbed me of my wealth and let me die in poverty and pain. Therefore, I took my vengeance7 by killing8 them all."
 
Lahuve then asked, "What power do you possess?" The ghost said, "I am extremely powerful. I killed your uncles and grandfather as easily as you swat flies. No problem at all! I could have killed your mother as well, but she fled. Though she has come back, she offers me food every day, so I spare the two of you. Listen carefully. I can fly to heaven, the abode of the angels, in an instant. I can also fly to the abode of the ghosts. Don't you think that I am terrific?"
 
Lahuve said, "If you are really so powerful, can you take me to the deities9 and angels?" The ghost said, "No, I can't." Lahuve said, "Then, can you convey a message to them for me?" The ghost said, "Sure! What do you want to say to them?" The young man said, "Please ask the angels how long I will live here? How old can i live to be?" The ghost said, "Okay, I will." Then he left.
 
The ghost came again the next day and said to lahuve, "The angels said that you can live to the age of sixty." Lahuve asked, "Please ask them again if it is possible for me to die earlier, say around forty to fifty? Can I be killed earlier? If this is not possible, then can they let me live longer until I am a hundred years old?" The ghost said, "Okay, I will ask again for you." He then departed again to ask the angels.#p#分页标题#e#
 
The next day, the ghost came back and said to Lahuve: "I have conveyed your request to the angels, but they wanted me to tell you that it is not possible. You can die neither a moment earlier nor later, because the length of human life is predestined."
 
Upon hearing these words, Lahuve immediately swallowed the offerings set aside for the ghost and rushed into the kitchen. He picked up a big piece of wood, lit it, and used it to beat and chase the ghost away. He said: "If you do not get out, I will kill you; I will continue to beat you." The ghost displayed his deadly fangs10 and claws trying to scare them. Devi implored11 her son to stop doing that. but lahuve said, "Mom! Don't you worry! The angels told me that we can't die any earlier or later. So, why are you still afraid of the ghost?" The ghost threatened to kill them both if they did not offer him food. However, he had also heard with his own ears the angels say that it is impossible to die earlier or later. Therefore, he had nothing more to say, and was beaten out of the house by lahuve. After lahuve had learned the truth, the ghost could not threaten him anymore, and the ghost was aware of that, too.


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1 mythological BFaxL     
adj.神话的
参考例句:
  1. He is remembered for his historical and mythological works. 他以其带有历史感和神话色彩的作品而著称。
  2. But even so, the cumulative process had for most Americans a deep, almost mythological significance. 不过即使如此,移民渐增的过程,对于大部分美国人,还是意味深长的,几乎有不可思议的影响。
2 kin 22Zxv     
n.家族,亲属,血缘关系;adj.亲属关系的,同类的
参考例句:
  1. He comes of good kin.他出身好。
  2. She has gone to live with her husband's kin.她住到丈夫的亲戚家里去了。
3 abode hIby0     
n.住处,住所
参考例句:
  1. It was ten months before my father discovered his abode.父亲花了十个月的功夫,才好不容易打听到他的住处。
  2. Welcome to our humble abode!欢迎光临寒舍!
4 decided lvqzZd     
adj.决定了的,坚决的;明显的,明确的
参考例句:
  1. This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  2. There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
5 survivors 02ddbdca4c6dba0b46d9d823ed2b4b62     
幸存者,残存者,生还者( survivor的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  1. The survivors were adrift in a lifeboat for six days. 幸存者在救生艇上漂流了六天。
  2. survivors clinging to a raft 紧紧抓住救生筏的幸存者
6 disapproval VuTx4     
n.反对,不赞成
参考例句:
  1. The teacher made an outward show of disapproval.老师表面上表示不同意。
  2. They shouted their disapproval.他们喊叫表示反对。
7 vengeance wL6zs     
n.报复,报仇,复仇
参考例句:
  1. He swore vengeance against the men who murdered his father.他发誓要向那些杀害他父亲的人报仇。
  2. For years he brooded vengeance.多年来他一直在盘算报仇。
8 killing kpBziQ     
n.巨额利润;突然赚大钱,发大财
参考例句:
  1. Investors are set to make a killing from the sell-off.投资者准备清仓以便大赚一笔。
  2. Last week my brother made a killing on Wall Street.上个周我兄弟在华尔街赚了一大笔。
9 deities f904c4643685e6b83183b1154e6a97c2     
n.神,女神( deity的名词复数 );神祗;神灵;神明
参考例句:
  1. Zeus and Aphrodite were ancient Greek deities. 宙斯和阿佛洛狄是古希腊的神。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  2. Taoist Wang hesitated occasionally about these transactions for fearof offending the deities. 道士也有过犹豫,怕这样会得罪了神。 来自汉英文学 - 现代散文
10 fangs d8ad5a608d5413636d95dfb00a6e7ac4     
n.(尤指狗和狼的)长而尖的牙( fang的名词复数 );(蛇的)毒牙;罐座
参考例句:
  1. The dog fleshed his fangs in the deer's leg. 狗用尖牙咬住了鹿腿。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  2. Dogs came lunging forward with their fangs bared. 狗龇牙咧嘴地扑过来。 来自《简明英汉词典》
11 implored 0b089ebf3591e554caa381773b194ff1     
恳求或乞求(某人)( implore的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  1. She implored him to stay. 她恳求他留下。
  2. She implored him with tears in her eyes to forgive her. 她含泪哀求他原谅她。
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