As the saying goes: “the grave has no head descendants poor, fox guarding the grave rich three generations”, what is the meaning?Does that make sense?
Today, as atheism takes root in the minds of the people, many ancient sayings are slowly being rejected by the world. However, these are not all feudal superstition, but many are life lessons learned over thousands of years.For this world, the ancients summed up the experience of thousands of years, and what is the world just decades ago we can understand.As the old saying goes, the grave has no head, the descendants are poor, the fox guards the grave, the rich three generations, there is no relationship at first glance, but the connection is inseparable.Why do you say that?Today let’s talk about the truth of this saying and maybe refresh your knowledge of the saying.Graves without heads, poor descendants used to cemetery sacrifice, may not know what is the meaning of the tomb, the tomb is also called the tomb package.When the deceased died, they were buried in a pit, then left a small mound of earth on the ground as a mark, and some even erected tablets with personal information.This is so that future generations can find the place where the bones of their ancestors are buried, so that they can come to worship each year.According to The Chinese custom, qingming Festival, Hungry Ghost Festival and other festivals are important days every year, on this day, Chinese people remember the martyrs by sweeping tombs, expressing their thoughts and awe.However, although they are tombs, there are many differences.Some have long been bulldozed, some are left with a very small tomb, and some are very tall, and even cast with black bricks and tiles, very stylish, as for the tombs of ancient queens and generals, there are often a feat of hollowing out a mountain.Every year, the descendants of the tomb will generally clean the surrounding of the tomb, remove weeds, fire guns, burn paper money and so on. If the tomb of the ancestors is damaged, the descendants will repair the tomb, add new soil, incense.As long as children and grandchildren often in, the ancestors of the tomb will always be the same as before, grave headless, children and grandchildren poor reason also comes from this.The so-called headless grave, that is, the tomb collapsed, or the ancestral tomb exploded and so on, become impossible to find or extremely dilapidated appearance.For most people, in the turbulent ancient society, ordinary people encountered natural disasters from time to time, often hundreds of thousands of refugees.However, it is not known when the tombs of our ancestors will be repaired.Perhaps it is more than ten years later to return to his native land, and perhaps some people will never come back, hence the saying that the grave has no head and descendants are poor.According to the book, the word “poor” is a general reference to poor money, a decrease in the number of people, the loss of home can be used to express the word “poor”.If the graves of our ancestors are lost.This may represent that the descendants do not respect the ancestors, and will be punished in the future life, the spirit of the ancestors will not protect the children and grandchildren, or the descendants have died and fled the back injury, the family has fallen.At the same time, it was also related to the cultural concept of the time. The ancients ruled the country by filial piety. If any descendant of a family was unfilial, even the qualification of the imperial examination would be cancelled.As a result, posterity’s life is not smooth, life often encountered obstacles.Fox guarding the grave, rich third generation said before half sentence, after half sentence “fox guarding the grave, rich third generation” is what meaning?For thousands of years, the image of the fox has been a polar flip.In fact, the name fox appeared very early, liu an of the Western Han Dynasty wrote in huainan Zi.At that time, the fox and the beaver were two kinds of creatures, but because they were similar in size, habits and smell, ancient people put them together.Foxes are common creatures in the north of China, but they are nocturnal and live alone, and are good at hiding and hunting.Such living habits, often people will be based on this sense of mystery, its fantasy into some beyond the existence of biological instinct, such as elves and so on.And in the beginning, fox and phoenix, unicorn and other auspicious animals were named together, meaning to bring good luck to people.However, as history and folk beliefs changed, the fox was demonized and played different roles by different writers.In the spring and Autumn Period, when the concept of demon appeared, the identity of the fox began to be demonized, until today.In ancient times, there was a saying “fox guarding the grave, rich three generations”, which literally means that if a fox guarding the grave, the life of later generations will become very rich and rich, and even get rid of the rich but three generations of the saying.In reality, a fox’s presence over a family grave provides a natural safeguard for that grave.If there was no time to repair the graves during the famine years, the foxes would exterminate the venomous snakes, rats and the like.When people go to worship again, the tomb will not change much, which is a kind of “natural” protection for ancestors.In addition, due to the predation of foxes, people do not have to worry about the existence of some organisms that can attack human beings, but also protect people’s lives, so as to maintain the prosperity of the family.From a certain point of view, the meaning of the latter half of the sentence, is to avoid the “grave without a head, poor descendants” problem.In addition to the above reasons, ancient people also often regarded the fox as a symbol of good fortune.Because, fox and fu pronunciation similar, also firm people’s good impression of the fox.Although the fox from the previous auspicious beast into today’s representative of the spirit, but the fox guarding the grave, rich three generations of the view will still be handed down.Today’s Chinese may think that some of the old sayings passed down from the old century are caused by the fact that they were uncivilized and uneducated.In fact, the phrase is just as relevant today.Because although today’s life is rich, but can not avoid many places, there are some relatively poor remote mountainous areas.Even a few decades ago, it was still common for the children of poor families to have thinner lives than paper. When poor people died, they had no money to buy coffins, so they had to cover them with a piece of grass.In some cases, the bodies of the dead were simply thrown into the ground and buried hastily.With such family conditions, how many of the children and grandchildren of the next generation can prosper?How many of the graves could have been better repaired?The scale of the tombs, the luxurious decorations and the numerous tributes attracted even poor people who were starving to death, and it was not surprising that even a fox could be attracted.From the result to the reason, from the reason to the result, the fox guarding the grave rich third generation in that era is still reasonable.Today, the cemeteries look much the same, and the worship has changed from food and cannon fire to more environmentally friendly flowers.The marble graves are weather-proof, and the children no longer have to be pained and repaired as they used to be. When your ancestors are dead and the cemetery is laid to rest, you can visit and spend time with your children and grandchildren. You can talk about what’s on your mind and what you dare not talk about with people around you.Because of these customs, we have more ties and connections with our ancestors who have passed away. It can be seen that common sayings are not as simple as we think, but represent a kind of culture and tradition behind them, which are just ignored by modern people.What do you think about that?