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In Chinese mythology, Nieh-ching-t'ai (Chinese: 邪恶的镜子平台; literally: "Evil Mirror Platform") is a mirror in the Chinese underworld. It is also known as the Mirror of Retribution or the Mirror of Past Existences.

Souls are forced to stand in front of it and see their true selves, namely the events of their previous existences.[1] The Yama King then makes his judgment.

It stands in the Court of the First Yama King and faces to the east, on a raised stand eleven feet in height. The mirror has a circumference of six feet.[2]


  1. ^ "CHINESE MYTHOLOGY". New Larousse Encyclopedia of Mythology. p. 402. [..]placed in front of a huge mirror, the Mirror of the Wicked, Nieh-ching-t'ai, set up in the Court of the first Yama-King. In this mirror the souls see themselves with the appearance they had in their former life, and so perceive the crime they committed. The Yama-King bases the judgment he gives on this appearance. 
  2. ^ Plopper, Clifford H. (1935). Chinese Religion Seen through the Proverb. Shanghai. p. 328.