Creations of Daji

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This is a list of the variety of projects created by Daji throughout the novel Fengshen Yanyi by Lu Xixing and Xu Zhonglin.[1]

The Bronze Toaster[1][edit]

The Bronze Toaster, intended as a torture and execution device, was first suggested by Daji. It is a bronze cylindrical device that is over twenty-feet tall and eight-feet wide. It has two wheels on each side so it can be moved around. There are three layers of charcoal over three layers of burning fire inside the device. The victims were stripped naked and tied before being placed into the pit. The pit was used to execute Grand Counselor Mei Bo. Big fans were used to intensify the fire during the execution of Meibo.

The Bronze Toaster was only mentioned in Chapter 6.

The Snake Pit[1][edit]

The Snake Pit, another torture device, was first introduced in Chapter 17. The 25-feet wide snake pit was dug beneath the Star-Picking Belvedere. Poisonous spiders and exceedingly venomous snakes were put into the pit. Once this pit was finally constructed, seventy-two unfortunate maidens, with their hair shaved, clothes stripped, were tied and thrown into the pit to feed the snakes.

This torturing device was mentioned multiple times after Chapter 17.

The Wine Pool and Meat Forest[1][edit]

The Wine Pool and Meat Forest were introduced in Chapter 17. The Wine Pool was located on the left side of the Snake Pit, while the Meat Forest was on the right, thus forming a small park before the Star-Picking Belvedere. 50 maidens and 50 eunuchs were chosen and tied together to form 50 pairs. Each individual pair would then get thrown into the pool and would be asked to drink the pool's wine while performing swimming tricks. Once each pair is readily drunk, they would be put into the Meat Forest to enjoy an abundance of cooked duck, roasted pig, etc. By sunset a few pairs would then be beaten to a bloody pulp and secretly fed to Daji to ease her need for human flesh.

This method of torture created by Daji was first mentioned in Chapter 17 and was mentioned multiple times afterward.

The Deer Gallery[1][edit]

The Deer Gallery also mentioned in Chapter 17. Daji had chosen this Deer Gallery as an ensured way to put an end to Jiang Ziya, who had been entrusted to complete the impossible mission of creating the deer gallery itself. This large tower-like structure was forty-nine feet in height (double the size of the Star-Picking Belvedere), fully equipped with columns of jade, floors of marble, roofs, and ceilings of legendary jewels, and railings of great pearls and sea corals.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Liu Xinwu (2012). "6, 17, and 18". Apotheosis of Heroes (Chinese Edition). The MK Collector's Edition World Masterpieces series: Investiture of the Gods (Set 2 Volumes) (Paperback ed.). China: China Zhigong Press (published June 1, 2012). ISBN 9787514503388.