Not Dead Yet of the Day: A nonagenarian from the southern Chinese village of Liulou inadvertently scared the bejesus out of friends and family after she suddenly “reanimated” on the sixth day of her closed-casket wake.
95-year-old Li Xiufeng was reportedly showing no signs of life when she was discovered in her bed by a neighbor some two weeks after suffering a head injury.
Chen Qingwang, who would visit the elderly lady daily to bring her breakfast, said he tried pushing her and calling her name but to no avail. He claims she was not breathing, so he assumed she had passed on.
Neighbors placed Li in a coffin, and spent five days paying their respects, as is the tradition. On the sixth day, the day before the funeral, Chen arrived at the house and found his neighbor’s corpse missing.
Li had apparently returned from the dead, and walked into the kitchen to make herself a snack.
“I slept for a long time,” she later told her neighbors. “After waking up, I felt so hungry, and wanted to cook something to eat. I pushed the lid for a long time to climb out.”
An “artificial death” — in which a person temporarily stops breathing but remains alive — is being blamed for the mix-up.
Though one tradition may have saved her from an untimely demise, another one has sadly left her without a thing to call her own. It seems local custom dictates that, upon a person’s death, all their earthly possessions must be burned.
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