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Souls are forced to stand in front of it and see their true selves, namely the events of their previous existences. The Yama King than makes his judgment
- "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.
- Plopper, Clifford H. (1935). Chinese Religion Seen through the Proverb. Shanghai. p. 328.