The Gesticulation of Sorcery in 1768
Sorcery always has been popular in China and has been used as an explanation for many phenomenon. The most famous case of sorcery in China is probably the gesticulation of sorcery in 1768. This event caused a great panic in Chinese society and was even used by the Emperor Qianlong to justify his actions. In this essay I will first give a brief overview of soulstealers in Chinese society. Then I will describe the gesticulation of sorcery in 1768 and the reactions to it. Finally, I will conclude with a discussion of the significance of this event.
2. Soulstealers in Chinese society
Soulstealers have always been a part of Chinese society. They are people who are believed to be able to steal people’s souls. There are many stories about soulstealers and their victims. In some cases, the soulstealer is a person who is possessed by evil spirits. In other cases, the soulstealer is a person who has deliberately stolen someone’s soul for their own gain. There are also stories about people who have been killed by soulstealers.
The belief in soulstealers is very old and can be traced back to at least the Han dynasty. It was during this time that the first stories about soulstealers began to circulate. These stories were very popular and were often used to explain mysterious deaths or disappearances. The belief in soulstealers continued to grow during the Tang and Song dynasties. During these times, there were many reports of people being killed by soulstealers.
The belief in soulstealers reached its peak during the Qing dynasty. This was due to a number of factors, including the increased contact with foreign cultures, the growth of superstitious beliefs, and the spread of new technologies such as printing presses which made it easier for stories about soulstealers to circulate.During the Qing dynasty, there were many reports of people being killed by soulstealers. In some cases, the victim’s family would hire a sorcerer to find the person who had stolen their loved one’s soul.
3. The gesticulation of sorcery in 1768
The gesticulation of sorcery began in late March 1768, when a man named Zhang Tiyong claimed that he had been possessed by evil spirits. Zhang said that these spirits had told him that there were many evil sorcerers in Jiangnan province who were planning to kill the Emperor Qianlong. Zhang also said that he had seen these sorcerers performing rituals which involved human sacrifice and cannibalism.
Zhang’s story quickly spread throughout Jiangnan province and soon there were many reports of other people being possessed by evil spirits. These possessed people all said that they had seen evil sorcerers perform rituals which involved human sacrifice and cannibalism. They also said that these sorcerers were planning to kill the Emperor Qianlong.
The panic caused by these reports led tothe arrest of hundreds of people who were accused of being sorcerers. Many of these people were tortured into confessing their involvement in evil rituals. Some of them were even put to death. The crisis came to an end in early November 1768 when the Emperor Qianlong issued an edict ordering an end to the persecution of alleged sorcerers.
4. Reactions to the gesticulation of sorcery
The gesticulation of sorcery caused a great deal of panic in Chinese society. This was due to the belief that evil sorcerers were planning to kill the Emperor Qianlong. The panic was also caused by the reports of human sacrifice and cannibalism which were allegedly taking place.
The government’s reaction to the gesticulation of sorcery was mixed. On one hand, the Emperor Qianlong ordered an end to the persecution of alleged sorcerers. On the other hand, the local executives in Jiangnan province were given a free hand to deal with the situation as they saw fit.
The reaction of the general public was also mixed. Some people supported the Emperor’s decision to end the persecution of alleged sorcerers. Others opposed it. Some people even went so far as to say that the Emperor was himself a sorcerer who was planning to kill them all.
The gesticulation of sorcery in 1768 was a significant event in Chinese history. It showed the power of superstitious beliefs and how they can cause panic in society. It also showed how the government can use these beliefs to justify their actions.