(Narrator: Mr Qin Zikun)
Let me tell all of you a story about a
monster grandma. Once there was a family of four: a
their two children, a boy and a girl. The girl was the
elder sister and the boy was the younger brother. At
that time, there were many devils. Outside there, no
matter where you went, there were many bad people. (So)
no matter where they went, they made it clear to the
children, 'No matter where we grownups go, when you stay
at home during the day, you should make sure that the
door is closed. No matter who asks you, don't you open
They also said to them, they said, wait a moment... ... one day, they went out again, both the father and mother
went out, bidding the children stay at home.
They told them, 'When we went out, if that person comes,
other people come to our house, just don't open the door
lightly. Even if someone ask you to open the door, you
must ask who he is, which village he is from. Whoever
gives the right answer, only when he answers correctly,
can you open (the door). If he doesn't give the correct
answer, you just don't open (the door) lightly.'
one day, the two adults went out. They stayed at home
alone. At dusk, a grandma came to knock at the door,
'rat-tat-tat', saying, 'Hello, kids, come to open the
They were at home. They then asked, 'Who are you?'
'Who am I? I am Grandma, as you know.'
'Grandma? Which village are you from? Which village?'
'Which village?! Every time you came, every time you all
came to Grandma's house with your mother, and you don't
know which village Grandma's house is in? I am from
She answered correctly. The two children, they then came
to open the door. The old grandma then entered the
house, entered the house. 'Well, children, well, your
lamp is too bright, and my eyes are sore. I suffer from
sore eyes and the lamp is too bright and I can't open my
eyes. You put out the lamp. I then can hear, well…I
can't see, until you put out the lamp.'
The children put out the lamp. 'Well, Grandma, all the
lamps have been put out. We don't have anything to eat.'
'I have had my meal. Your father and mother are not at
home and they told me to come over to take care of the
house together with you, to take care of the house.
Otherwise, you are too afraid. They bade me to come to
These two children were very happy to stay (they) at
home. 'Tonight, we will be at home alone. The grownups
are not at home and moreover, Grandma has come to
They never expected that this old grandma was a
monster grandma 'Well, this evening we will go to sleep
The grandma suddenly asked them to get a stool for her
to sit on. 'I have an ulcer on my bottom and can't sit.'
Hang on… 'so that I can sit.'
They never expected that the monster grandma, she grows
a tail. If she has a
tail, it would be difficult for it
to be folded up when sitting. Then they carried over a
chicken cage, carried over a chicken cage for her to sit on. She sat and put the tail into the cage. There was a
hole on top of the cage, and she put the tail in there.
She fumbled about with her tail in the cage.
The chickens began to squawk. The chickens began to
squawk, just like that. 'Hmm? Why are the chickens
squawking like that?'
'Well, perhaps the chickens are hungry. I'll take the
chickens outside for a while and it would be good to let
them eat some worms.' I think she is going out to eat up
all the chickens. After eating all the chickens, she
came back and sat down and went on chatting. She said to
herself, 'This time, after eating up the chickens, I
will eat these two children. These two children are
disgusting and are only silly ones.'
Then she said 'Well, kids, it's so late, mind you. Shall
we go to bed? Grandma will go to bed with you Otherwise
you yourselves alone will be afraid. So let's sleep in
the same room.' She asked the younger brother to sleep
at one end of the bed with her, the elder sister at the
In the middle of the night, she ate up the younger
brother. After the younger brother had been eaten, the
sister sleeping at the lower end kicked with her foot.
When she kicked, mind you, she struck something hard and
round. She then asked the grandma, 'What is that round
'Today I forgot it. Today I brought a pomelo and forgot
to ask you to eat it. Tomorrow morning,' hang on…
'Tomorrow morning you can eat it. Hmm, go to sleep for a
'But when I am groping down there, I can feel something
long and very soft.' She asked the grandma, 'What is it
The grandma said 'it is the carrying belt. A carrying
belt for you to carry the younger brother with. Only a
carrying belt. It is only a carrying belt.'
'Really? You brought a carrying belt and have not opened
it. Then why is it so wet?'
'Oh yes, I think it must be the younger brother who peed on the bed. He peed on the bed.'
Because she had drunk the blood and couldn't eat up all
his bowels, and it made the bed wet. 'Younger brother
peed on the bed and I will take it to dry under the
The sister thought and thought, 'It just doesn't look
like a carrying belt. If it is a carrying belt, then why
it feels just like that? Usually a carrying belt is much
drier. A belt is not like that. This one is completely
rotten and moreover it is smelly and it just doesn't
look like that. I did not know that he had gone!'
The little sister said, 'Hey Grandma, I had a
stomach-ache. My stomach aches and I fell my belly
bloating and want to shit. I want to shit for a while.'
The grandma did not want to let her go out. She did not
want to let her. She wanted to eat her. But the grandma
thought 'Hmm, it won't do. If she has a diarrhea she
will not be tasty. Let her go to clear up all the shit
first. I will eat her when she comes back.'
Then she went out. 'Let you, the sister, go to take a
shit first. And you will come back.'
The sister went out. She closed the door from outside
and blocked it very tight. The grandma could not go out.
She waited for a long time. Waited for a long time. The
sister wouldn't come back. She then kept calling the
sister and feared that the sister might escape. Fearing
that the sister might escape, she called, 'Hey, Sister,
The sister kept answering 'I am here. You will still
have to wait for a while. I can't shit it out.'
'Have you taken a shit?' She kept answering. Her voice
became weaker and weaker, farther and farther.
The monster grandma thought, 'I might not be able to eat
this one. She fled.'
It was next day. Next day, the second time, she came
again. She came, mind you, came into the house. The
sister said to the grandma, 'Hey Grandma, you, eh… there
are too many lice on your head. Let me help you to pick
the lice. Let's look for lice for a while.'
Her head was messy. The monster grandma's head was very
smelly and full of lice and it itched. They went under
the tree to look for the lice. The sister now said, 'It
is too dark in the house I can't see them all. Let's go
under, go under the tree. Let's go there to look for
Mind you, when they were looking for(the lice) for a
while, she said, 'Eh, it is too hot under the tree.
Let's go on top of the tree. It's easier to look for the
lice on the tree branches. It is cool and there are
The monster granny then climbed up the tree. Both of
them climbed up the tree. She kept searching. She didn't
expect that she failed to reach the itching part. When
the sister failed to reach the part, the monster grandma
became sort of preoccupied. Then she grasped her hair
and tied them on the tree branches, tied them together
very tight. The sister then jumped down the tree 'Doop!'
She then said to the monster grandma, 'You stay on the
tree and take you time. I am now leaving.'
The monster grandma became panic, worried that she
wouldn't be able to eat her. She hurried to catch her.
She jumped down 'Tak Boo!' Only once her fur and scalp
were torn out. The scalp was bleeding all over. The head
was bleeding all over. There was blood all over the
head. She jumped up this time.
There was a pool full of lime. She went there and jumped
into it 'Dong!' pushing her into the pool full of lime.
The lime quickly spread all over her hair. The lime
spread over her head, it went onbleeding.
The head was submerged in the lime and it start to
sting. It was submerged in the lime and started to sting
and hurt. She kept jumping and rolling in the lime. The
more she was stained with lime the louder she yelled.
They say that only lime can poison her to death. Because
she died this way, we say, the monster grandma, when we
go into the paddy field we often find those leeches.
They are transformed from the monster grandma. That is
why we often use lime. Now we spread lime into the paddy
field. If our paddy field has too many leeches, we then
spread some lime. All the leeches would die. Now we call
this story: 'The monster grandma turned into leeches'.
The story just goes like this and this is the end of the