This is Not the Recommended Method

Issue 18 and Volume 79.

This is Not the Recommended Method Many of the towns in China now have modern fire apparatus to fight conflagrations but the ancient superstition in reference to the dreaded “Fire” continues to exist in many of the places. When one small municipality near Shanghai purchased a modern fire apparatus, it was formally inaugurated into service by burning incense sticks all over it, and it was finally rushed to various parts of the town where its use in fighting fires was demonstrated. This was to show the evil fire spirit that they were prepared for him and that he should operate elsewhere. A parade was held to further scare off the fire spirit. Even though many of the Western ideas have been transported to the Occidental, the belief that fire is caused by an animal called the “firefox” with a flaming forked tail, continues to exist. In fact many of the…

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