What the Master Would Not Discuss

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What the Master Would Not Discuss[1] (Chinese: 子不語; pinyin: zǐbùyǔ) is a collection of allegedly true supernatural stories compiled by Qing Dynasty scholar and writer Yuan Mei (袁枚). The title of the work refers to the saying "Confucius did not speak of strange events, violence, riots and supernatural things" from the Analects.[2][non-primary source needed]

In popular culture[edit]

One of the supernatural creatures mentioned in this collection called the Hua Po (花魄), literally Floral Spirit, is a recurring demon in the popular Japanese video game series Megami Tensei.[citation needed]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Yuan Mei (2013). Zibuyu, What the Master Would Not Discuss. Paolo Santangelo and Yan Beiwen. Netherlands: BRILL. 
  2. ^ Shu Er, Analects(《论语·述而》): "子不语怪、力、乱、神。”