During the Jingchu era [237-239] of the Wei Dynasty [220-266], peculiar things occurred in the house of a town officer called Wang Chen in Xianyang. Every night, sounds of clapping and calling came out of nowhere. [He] scouted [for the sources] and found nothing. His mother got tired after work one night and lay on the pillow to sleep. After a while, [she] heard the calling sound again from the stove, saying, "Why don't you come over, Wenyue ?" The pillow under her head said, "Someone is sleeping on me, and I’m stuck here. You can come over and drink with me." The next day, [the thing that had come over] turned out to be a rice scoop. [She] burned them both immediately, and those peculiar [things] never happened again.
*From Gan Bao 干寶 (286-336), Soushenji 搜神記 (Wenyuange yingyin Siku quanshu 文淵閣景印四庫全書 vol. 1042, Shanghai: Shanghai guji chubanshe, 1987), 18.1a: https://ctext.org/library.pl?if=gb&file=56667&page=152&remap=gb#%E6%9E%95.
 The name Wenyue 文約 may read "written precept" or "a text brief" here, alluding to the popular practice of inscribing maxims or poems on the pillow.
A Cizhou Kiln pillow with an inscription in verse, from the Jin 金 Dynasty (1115-1234)
Image credit: Palace Museum, Beijing
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