King Gwuang-chwun of the Han was fond of digging up ancient graves. When he broke into a tomb at Luanshu, the coffin, still inhabited, and all of the pledges and utensils had been smashed to pieces and ruined. Then a white-furred fox appeared which, upon seeing the grave-diggers, immediately dashed off. Everybody present gave chase but failed to nab it, managing only to spear its back paw with a halberd.
That night, the king dreamed of a man whose eyebrows and beard had grown completely white. This man stepped up to the king and asked, “Why did you hurt my left foot?” He then whacked King Gwuang-chwun’s left foot with his staff. The king saw his foot swell and it grew terribly painful: an ulcer took form. His condition remained the same for a time until it finally killed him.
Text: Taiping Guangji, volume 447
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