Strange story of a Chinese princess murdered by Cornish fishermen and buried in the cove of Land’s End
A cove near Land’s End is believed to be the burial place of a Chinese princess murdered by Cornish fishermen. The legend, which you may find hard to believe, also says that her body is protected by the ghost of her Pekingese puppy and that anyone who crosses her path will meet death.
According to a bizarre story, the princess was sent to England by the Emperor of China to present Elizabeth I with two Pekingese dogs – considered a lavish and royal gift at the time. But his crew and entourage were caught up in a mutiny, and by the time they reached Land’s End, all but one pup had perished.
The caption was shared by Dr. Karl Shuker, on his blog. “When their ship left China on the first leg of its journey to England, the two dogs were accompanied by a royal princess as their personal guardian, a mandarin as the princess’s protector, an immense amount of ‘gold, plus a team of bodyguards and slaves, to ensure the ship reaches its distant port of call safely,’ Dr Shuker wrote.
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“Unfortunately, even the best-laid plans do not always succeed, and the long sea voyage turned out to be far more arduous than the Emperor and his advisers had anticipated when planning it.
“Indeed, by the time the party had finally begun to approach England, a ruthless combination of disease, death and violent confrontations with pirates and other savage sailors had seen all the gold stolen or lost, and had reduced the once significant party to a handful of survivors – the princess, the mandarin, a single slave, and the dogs, though there were no longer two of them.Despite the harsh conditions prevailing, the Pekingese female had successfully given birth to a thriving litter of puppies.”
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The group of survivors reached Cornish waters and enlisted the help of a local fishing boat to finally reach the coast. “Ironically, this sensible decision was to be their undoing,” reports Dr. Shuker.
“The Cornish sailors grew to fear the Princess and the silent, inscrutable Mandarin, believing them to be adepts in the dark arts and fearing that they would bring disaster to the ship and everyone on board. However, they had also heard rumors about the reputation of the party Inevitably, the deadly alliance of fear and greed worked its wrong way, inciting the sailors to mutiny.
“Without mercy they murdered their captain, who had agreed to take the Chinese party on board, then they murdered the mandarin and the slave, and threw the terrified princess overboard. Finally, the gold was theirs!
“But where was he? Long gone, of course, but they didn’t know that. One of the sailors opened the ivory casket in which they supposed the gold would be, but when he stretched out his hand to the Inside, he screamed and pulled it out at once, wiping away the blood from several sharp bites inflicted by the Pekingese inside.”
The sailor died from his bite and the coffin was thrown overboard. The coffin and body of the dead princess washed up in a small creek, where they were found by a local man.
“When he saw that the princess was dead, and when he opened the broken coffin, to find inside the bodies of the female Pekingese and her puppies, all also dead, he wept,” the story continues. . “Then he saw something move inside one of the princess’s long sleeves, and on closer inspection he saw a small dog crouching there. It was the male Pekingese, fatally weakened but still urge.
“Watched closely by this sole survivor of the Chinese party, the man set to work and dug a grave for the princess and the dead dogs, burying them all together on this lonely and desolate shore, so far from their homeland. He couldn’t say prayers, so he planted cross-shaped daisies on the grave. Then he very gently placed the male Pekingese on the daisies. The little dog weakly wagged his tail, licked the man’s face. and died. gone, the man went home with tears in his eyes.”
For centuries, sightings of the puppy’s ghost have been reported. Recorded on the Paranormal Database, they report that a bite from the pup will slowly kill anyone who tries to disturb the princess’s grave.