Chapter 41: The Farmer And The Viper
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I'm Really Not the Demon God's Lackey Chapter 41: The Farmer And The Viper

6.30 a.m. Lin Jie opened his eyes at the sound of his alarm clock ringing and began an ordinary day as per usual.

It was the same routine every day for three years. Waking up, changing, washing up.

"Somehow it increasingly seems like something isn't quite right..." Lin Jie couldn't help ridiculing himself in the mirror.

His general appearance didn't seem to have changed much, and he still possessed that deceit...no, persuasive ability. However, from a minute aspect, he was already completely different.

Yet, he couldn't tell how exactly he was different.

It was as if Lin Jie had been given a modifier software and forced to speak. From his original base, it was as if he had turned in to the head speaker of a Multilevel marketing firm.

This wasn't a negative connotation. Just that originally, he would have to chat a little first, provide some guidance followed by flashing a professional smile and the other party would view this life mentor Lin Jie in a glowing light.

But now, with some slight exaggeration, if someone were to ask Lin Jie to be a priest, all he probably had to do was don priest robes and give an appropriate smile.

"Perhaps someone might even do a confession on the spot," he chuckled mockingly as he kneaded his cheeks and could feel the outline of those extra few teeth.

Lin Jie trusted his own eyesight and memory and was certain he hadn't perceived it wrongly.

However, given the sudden appearance of eight teeth, Lin Jie didn’t find the new developments too surprising. However, the appearance of extra teeth was problematic.

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In Buddhism, Buddha was said to have the 'Thirty-two Marks of a Great Man' and 'forty teeth' was one of these characteristics.

Forty teeth symbolized Buddha’s avoidance of harsh words and treating all people with benevolence and kindness.

From other unofficial historical accounts, it was said that Laozi also had forty teeth.

[TL Note: Laozi is an ancient Chinese philosopher and the founder of philosophical Taoism]

Forty teeth symbolized a 'perfect person'.

Naturally an academic specializing in folklore studies like Lin Jie definitely knew about the symbolism of eight extra teeth. Just that he didn't bother to delve into researching this stuff.

In his process of studying folklore and popular customs, Lin Jie would often encounter some bizarre things that were hard to explain. However, Lin Jie would just treat it as something inconsequential, and merely make a record of the source material.

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Translator Notes

The Farmer and The Viper, a tale from Aesop's fables as well as a staple of Lin Jie's gospel

Special thanks to Tetra & Aco for editing and pr-ing

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Special thanks to Tetra & Aco for editing and pr-ing
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