Mutated Tao – Chapter 60: Shaman

Chapter 60: Shaman

As the sun gradually moved westward, a village appeared before them. Within it, houses of varying heights were scattered around.

You see, this is the village I was talking about, Li Zhi smiled, pointing toward the black tiles ahead before continuing forward in large strides.

Follow me. A fellow villager of mine lives here. It will be free if we stay there, said Li Zhi.

The two carts pulled by donkeys followed along as Li Huowang gently motioned for them to follow Li Zhi.

As they walked on the yellow dirt path between the various houses, Li Huowangs group looked around at their quiet surroundings; strangely, there was nobody in sight in the fields or the courtyards.

Whats going on? Where are all the villagers?

Li Huowang was puzzled.

Just as he was thinking, Li Zhi poked his head out from behind a corner in front of them, his old face full of excitement. "Hey! Come quickly! Its quite lively over here! Looks like a grandpa is climbing the ashes! His face is all scratched up, and its getting quite interesting!

Climbing the ashes? What does that mean? asked Li Huowang. However, nobody answered Li Huowangs question. When he turned around, he saw that all of them had awkward expressions. Bai Lingmiao was so embarrassed that her head was drooping in shame.

Senior Li, lets not get involved. Thats their family matter, said Bai Lingmiao.

Li Huowang glanced at her in confusion before moving toward Li Zhis direction in big steps.

As they turned the corner, it became clear that the entire village was gathered here to watch the commotion. They were all dressed in rural clothing and surrounding a house. Li Zhi was standing at the periphery of the crowd, tiptoeing and leaning on a persons shoulder to get a better look.

What does climbing the ashes mean? Li Huowang came beside Li Zhi and asked.

It refers to a grandpa attempting to steal his sons wife. Do you have another term for it in the region you are from? Actually, where are you from? Li Zhi looked at Li Huowang, astonished.

Meanwhile, Li Huowang was left speechless after hearing the explanation. No wonder Bai Lingmiao had such an expression.ewW ovels updtes on nov/l/b(i)(.)com

Ah! At that moment, a sharp female scream rang out from the middle of the crowd, causing everyone to step back in shock.

Through the gaps, Li Huowang saw a bizarre scene within the house.

A naked woman was lying on a wooden table, her limbs twisting as she writhed around like a snake, screaming and trembling.

Oh, thats not right. Its not someone climbing the ashes, but someone being possessed, Li Zhi lamented. At the same time, he placed his hands together and pushed through the crowd.

Hey, please move aside, Im a Shaman. Please move aside. Hey, who just stepped on my foot?! shouted Li Zhi.

Meanwhile, Li Huowang was about to turn away but paused upon seeing this scene. Is he going to use his shamanic techniques to exorcize the evil spirits?

Li Zhi exerted much effort to push through the crowd before looking around and waving toward Li Huowang. Hey! Taoist, come quickly; why are you so far away?

Li Huowang thought about it for a moment, and then he also began to squeeze through the crowd.

This guy seems a bit out of place. We can use this opportunity to assess his powers. If hes just messing around, then theres no need to enlist his help to resolve my own issues. Otherwise, Dan Yangzi will just eat him up like the Buddhas.

When he reached the center of the crowd, he could see the situation more clearly.

There was something very obviously strange about the behavior of the woman lying on the table. She didnt have the usual black pupils in the center of her good-looking phoenix-like eyes; instead, it seemed like she had five layers of eyelids.

There was an old and a young person standing beside her; they seemed to be the victims of the possessed woman.

Taoist, will you handle this or should I? Li Zhi whispered to him. How about we go at it together, and you can request more money when its done. Then, well split it up later. This way, we wont even have to violate any of the Shamans rules.

No need, Im not really skilled with exorcism. You can go ahead. Li Huowang rejected. In the first place, he did not know anything about exorcism or other Taoist duties.

Li Zhi was astonished when he heard Li Huowangs explanation. You must be joking with me; you dont know how to exorcize evil spirits? Are you sure you arent a fake Taoist?

Hurry up, the woman is almost going to twist her own bones apart, said Li Huowang, pointing at the woman on the table.

The woman who was previously coiled up was now biting her lips, and blood was dripping down her chin. The joints of her limbs had even started to make creaking noises as they were twisted further.

It seems that ordinary people aren't as disconnected from these things as I had imagined. They just use evil spirits as a universal explanation.

What if Li Zhi wasnt around today? What would they do?

Li Huowang wondered as he watched Li Zhi negotiating with the victims.

Li Huowang glanced at the old agricultural tools in the house, their bare feet covered in yellow mud, and their faces that were full of hardship. All this served to provide a simple yet harsh answer to his question.

It was the same thing that impoverished people do when they get sickendure the minor ailments, bear with the major ailments, and lie down if it becomes unbearable.


The sound silenced the buzzing chatter of the crowd.


Li Zhi used a small stick to lightly tap the old drum hanging from his waist, causing everyone's hearts to tremble.

Thud! Thud! Thud!

"Summon~ the~ gods~!" shouted Li Zhi, his confident and loud voice drowning out all the other sounds around them.

At the same time, Li Huowang turned to look outside the house. The red light in the sky was gradually fading as the silent night approached.

The sun sets in the west, oh~, the sky turns dark, oh~! Dragons return to the boundless sea, so that they can bring rain~ Tigers return to the mountains~ so they can sleep~ oh~... Li Zhi began singing to the rhythm of the drum.

As Li Zhi sang lyrics that followed the rhythm of the drum, the mysterious Second Deity that had gone unnoticed so far began to tremble. The red veil on her head and the colorful cloth strips on her body also started to shake.

Above are the seven-starred glazed tiles, standing on the octagonal purple-gold bricks. Foot on the ground, head into the skies. Stride forward successively to stand firmly in the camp. Offer incense, beat the drums, summon the Immortals~ Li Zhi continued to sing and beat the drums as he fished out a few incense sticks. He lit them and then placed them around the woman lying on the wooden table.

The womans hair was disheveled, and she bared her teeth like a beast. She was about to lunge forward, but pulled back and started wailing once she came into contact with the white smoke of the incense.

The white smoke wafting from the incense did not disperse, slowly swirling within the house. Soon, the inside of the house started to turn hazy.

Li Huowangs eyes began to twitch, and he felt somewhat restless. He looked around to confirm that everything was normal before frowning slightly, pinching the back of his own neck, and taking two steps backward.


That was the first movement from the red-veiled woman. She burped before making a rustling sound from under that veil.

The onlookers were evidently taken aback, and the crowd began to disperse even more quickly than before. Those who were more timid used this opportunity to run home before the darkness of the night completely engulfed them.

On the other hand, when Li Zhi heard the burping sound, he glanced back and continued to sing while beating the drum. Oh Immortal family~ I know you are coming~ You are mighty and powerful~ Please come quietly without a fuss~ This house is small, easy to crash around. Its easy to handle when meeting gentlemen, but tongues will wag when meeting villains~ Oh~

Chacha and Char's Thoughts

Trust me, this chapter gave us a brain aneurysm trying to translate that chant

Chapter end

Chapter 1: The Master
Chapter 2: Li Huowang
Chapter 3: Jade Pendant
Chapter 4: Black Cauldron
Chapter 5: Pills
Chapter 6: Worth
Chapter 7: Zephyr Temple
Chapter 8: Rewriting the Script
Chapter 9: Black Taisui
Chapter 10: Steamed Buns
Chapter 11: Xuan Yuan
Chapter 12: Pill Recipe
Chapter 13: Refining Pills
Chapter 14: Ally
Chapter 15: Zheng Kun
Chapter 16: Head
Chapter 17: Found It!
Chapter 18: The Method To Become An Immortal?
Chapter 19: Superstitious
Chapter 20: Dan Yangzi
Chapter 21: Attaining Immortality
Chapter 22: Exit
Chapter 23: Home
Chapter 24: Plunder
Chapter 25: Path in the Forests
Chapter 26: Frightening
Chapter 27: Evil
Chapter 28: Lu Family
Chapter 29: Stage
Chapter 30: Performance
Chapter 31: A Wandering God
Chapter 32: Hu’s Family Ancestral Hall
Chapter 33: Continue The Performance!
Chapter 34: The God of Happiness
Chapter 35: Confused
Chapter 36: Donkey Cart
Chapter 37: The Nine Classes
Chapter 38: Jianye Town
Chapter 39: Wild
Chapter 40: Midnight
Chapter 41: Monk
Chapter 42: Monastery
Chapter 43: Buddha
Chapter 44: Righteous Monastery
Chapter 45: Buddha Statue
Chapter 46: Xin Hui
Chapter 47: Placing the Incense Sticks
Chapter 48: Escape
Chapter 49: Strayed One
Chapter 50: Buddha
Chapter 51: Negotiation
Chapter 52: Dan Yangzi
Chapter 53: Ponder
Chapter 54: Wandering God
Chapter 55: Healed
Chapter 56: Beyond the Border
Chapter 57: Shaman
Chapter 58: Li Zhi
Chapter 59: Chosen Apprentice
Chapter 60: Shaman
Chapter 61: Second Deity
Chapter 62: Night Visit
Chapter 63: Red Veil
Chapter 64: Drum
Chapter 65: Let’s See How You Beat The Drum Now!
Chapter 66: A Virtuous Person
Chapter 67: Parcel
Chapter 68: Festival
Chapter 69: Meal
Chapter 70: Lake
Chapter 71: Water Bandits
Chapter 72: Dragon Gate Village
Chapter 73: Murder
Chapter 74: Death
Chapter 75: Warehouse
Chapter 76: Bamboo Slips
Chapter 77: Ba-Hui
Chapter 78: The Aftermath
Chapter 79: Market
Chapter 80: Nun
Chapter 81: The Benevolent Nunnery
Chapter 82: Abbess Jingxin
Chapter 83: Strayed One
Chapter 84: Sense of Doubt and Confusion
Chapter 85: Descent
Chapter 86: Departure
Chapter 87: Forest
Chapter 88: Rules
Chapter 89: Wu Family
Chapter 90: Girl
Chapter 91: Li Huowang
Chapter 94: Bewilderment
Chapter 92: The Eighteenth Lunar
Chapter 93: Red
Chapter 96: Ba-Hui’s Descent
Chapter 98: Backtrack
Chapter 95: Pain
Chapter 97: Doctor Li
Chapter 99: Night Visit
Chapter 100: Yang Xiaohai
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