China

Incu-succubi: Demon in the Halls of Sleep

Incubi and succubi emerge from Western demonology as supernatural seducers who prey on human passion. But of course seductive demons and sexual ghosts can be found in traditions around the world. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the basics of incubus and succubus myths, a few international variants and the possible biological, psychological and neurological explanations for these paranormal encounters.

MSG: Umami and Chinese Restaurant Syndrome

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the history and science of MSG and explore just why we demonized it for so long.

Art Spotlight: Wong Tai Sin Zodiac Statues

Chinese Zodiac: Superstition, Economics & Destiny

As we celebrate Chinese New Year and enter the year of the fire monkey, join Robert and Joe for a Stuff to Blow Your Mind exploration of the Chinese zodiac and some interesting studies related to its impact on birth rates, economics and individual destiny. As always, you can take astrology with a grain of salt, but the impact on human behavior and culture is undeniable.

Monster of the Week: The Wutong Shen

While the incubus and succubus are western creatures, their kin exist throughout the unnatural world of myth and folklore. As such, Chinese tradition provides us with the haunting Wutong spirits, literally 'the five penetrating ones.'

Monster of the Week: The Chinese Fox Spirit

Fox spirits or hulijing play a host of curious roles within Chinese folklore. Just as their appearance shifts from an ethereal, multi-tailed fox to a beautiful woman, so too does their very nature depend on your societal vantage point...

The Self-Mummifying Monk

We tend to think of mummification as either an environmental event or a mortuary act perpetrated by others, but mummification can also occur as an act of ritualized self destruction. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Christian consider the Sokushinbutsu of Japan, who once engaged in a process of ascetic self mummification that spanned years of extreme body modification. Their purpose? To travel through time...

Higher Human Forms: Corpse of a Buddha

Higher Human Forms: Foot Binding