A monk takes his body with him to the Underworld and saves his mother.
Journey to the UnderworldA Chinese BeliefBy Maria Ayre
There was once a Buddhist monk who needed no sleep and sat bolt upright in a coffin each night instead.
Please no not the beasts!
Several years later the monk dies and he takes his body with him to the Underworld instead of just taking his soul.
I remember you! Your mother's soul is still in terrible torment.
The Chinese Underworld held a series of courts where souls were judged and punishments given out. When souls reached the Underworld it was weighed, if the soul was heavy it ment it was weighed down by the guilt of the bad things it had done in life. It would then be passed onto another court depending on the sins or crimes committed. There were courts for many types of crimes including greed lying and murder.
There was a wide range of puishments, each court sending it's victims to a different awful place, some tossed them into flames while others threw them to wild beasts. If souls were found light enough in the first court they were sent sraight to the weel of transmigration and reincarnated as aristocarts, souls who were less good were reincarnated as beggers or animals but always had the chance to better themselves the next time.
As the monk watched the souls pass through the gates of the Underworld one soul called out to him "I rememberyou!" She called "your mother's soul is still in treible toment!" The monk was horrified, he had thought his mother was living a new life happily on Earth but she had been stuck in the Underworld. He raced to ask the sould where she had seen his mother but she had already drunk the potion of forgetting, being handed out by Lady Meng, it made souls forget everything but the pain of the puishments. She now remebered nothing so it was no use asking her.