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I will protect the old members of this family so that they can go put with empty hands and come bade carrying wealth and silks and satins in their arms. One grain will fall to the ground and 10,000 will be reaped and brought home. When people xomc the doOT^go^wiU^open them. If wealth comes, the door gods will entice it to enter. If demons come, the door gods will drive them away. If ralamiti— come, the door gods will exorcise them. If wealth and happiness come, the door gods w ill. 45 welcome them cither by day or by night; they will receive them every day and not cease at night.

A person sleeps on the bed. If I am to mention demons, I will mention them. Speaking of demons, they sit on the rafters. Tonight, I know you. Ntzi Yin (an ancient tuan \ung) and Bo Sun (a woman who talks in a tone pleasant to hear) will come and catch you. If we do not speak of demons, we will yet speak of them. Speaking of demons, they are upstairs. Tonight, in the night; I know about you, Yang Shih Guin Tzu will make things dear of you (detnons). If we do not mention demons, we will then mention them.

When' he has finished speaking, he pours out the water from the bowl and places the bowl on the table upside down. Incantation to Divine by Means of Uncoohed Rice (738) “There is a sky pestilence and an earth pes­ tilence, so I come to report to the god. ) If there is any unsatisfactory matter, I shall come and report to the god. If the head aches and the whole body is hot, we shall come and report to the god. If there is any unworshiped demon of the fan shen or ruined temples, I shall come and report to the god.

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