chapter  XV
A Mystical Interpretation of the Hung Ceremony
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Now the above passage is interesting for two reasons. The statement that fie worships the Sun as his brother etc., might be regarded as pure Pantheism, but we must not forget than St. Francis d ’Assissi speaks in very similar lan­ guage of Sun, Moon, Beasts and Flowers, and no one has accused him of Pantheism. But it is not this phrase which mainly interests us, it is the statement that the Vanguard, who originally lived long years ago, is allowed back in life, i.e . reincarnated, in order to search for Heroes. Now, there is a legend current in popular Chinese lore of such a eunuch who, when his master, defeated by his enemies, committed suicide, himself tried to do like­ wise, by hanging himself from the legs of the Emperor who was swinging from a tree. Unfortunately when he was found he was suspected of having caused the death of his Master, was branded as a traitor and executed. So gross was the injustice thus meted out to this loyal servant that the Lord of the Under­ world permitted him to return to life-rising from the dead-and thus he was given an opportunity to contradict the false charge and rehabilitate his repu­ tation . Now this story refers, not to reincarnation, but to the actual physical resurrection of a dead man, and we cannot doubt that the linking of the Van­ guard with this story is deliberate. Who more suitable to lead the souls through the Underworld to the City of the Gods than one who has Risen from the Dead, thereby triumphing over the King of Enemies ? In short, the Van­ guard is at least a shadow of the Salvator, and it is certainly interesting that it is a man, and not someone representing Kwan Yin, who thus leads the can­ didate through the Valley of the Shadow.