The rainmaker of Kiaochau

This story was told to Carl Jung by Richard Wilhelm. Jung included it in his Mysterium Coniunctionis, pp 419-420.

There was great drought. For months there had not been a drop of rain and the situation became catastrophic. The Catholics made processions, the Protestants made prayers and the Chinese burned joss-stick, and shot off guns to frighten away the demons of the drought, but with no result. Finally the Chinese said, We will fetch the rainmaker. And from another province a dried-up old man appeared. The only thing he had asked for was a quiet little house somewhere, and there he locked himself in for three days. On the fourth day the clouds gathered and there was a great snow storm at the time of the year when no snow was expected, an unusual amount, and the town was so full of rumours about the wonderful rainmaker that Richard Wihelm went to ask the man how he did it. In true European fashion he said, They call you the rainmaker, will you tell me how you made the snow? And the little Chinese man said, I did not make the snow, I am not responsible. But what have you done these three days?
Oh, I can explain that. I come from another country where things are in order. Here they are out of order, they are not as they should be by the ordinance of heaven. Therefore the whole country is not in Tao, and I also am not in the natural order of things because I am in a disordered country. So I had to wait three days until I was back in Tao and then naturally the rain came.

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~ by scalambra on November 7, 2011.

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