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Chinese Fables
"Yes, there's a tooth of the Buddha somewhere in the West (India)," Nezha (哪吒) said in reply to Abbot Xuanlu (宣律), who asked him to look for a holy relic and bring it back to China.
Nezha (哪吒) is made popular in the West by a DVD anime, "Nezha Conquers the Dragon King," which has won an international award. He is a deity, popularly known as San Taizi (三太子) or Third Prince, because he was born the third son of General Li Jing (李靖), according to Taoist mythology.
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A grateful Moginlin thanked Yama, the king of the Hades, again and again for absolving him of intrusion and trespassing into Hell out of filial piety and presenting him with a plate full of lotus leaves, which, when ingested, would get her out of the Sea of Duhkha (suffering).
It dawned. And Moginlin found himself awakened not in the small thatched house where he had cried himself to sleep but in a huge deserted graveyard.
A few days after he had started his life as a starving hobo, Moginlin came to a small forest. He was tired, needing rest.
Moginlin was the name of the pious Buddhist widow. She was not just helpless after her husband's death but irrecoverably irascible.
Another legend has it that Moginlin, who might be Moggalana -- which sounds more like Mulian (目蓮) --was one of the two famous disciples of Gautama Siddhartha, the other being Sariputta.
One most popular legend in China is that of Moginlin, a disciple of the Buddha who went to Hell to rescue his own mother.
Tamsui has Taiwan's first Black-Faced Sect Founder statue. Most of Han Chinese immigrants in the once best seaport in north Taiwan came from Quanzhou, mostly from Jinjiang (晉江) and Anxi (安溪).
According to still another story about the life of Black-Faced Sect Founder, he was orphaned when he was still a toddler. It was his elder brother who took care of him.
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