|Anomaly tales of the Six Dynasties (222-589 A. D.) synthesized pre-Wei-Jin traditions; integrated Buddhist and Daoist teachings; addressed issues prominent in Wei-Jin Arcane Learning such as discourses about the existence or non-existence of ghosts and the relationship between a person's bodily form and his/her spirit; and drew from a variety of miscellaneous records and unofficial writings narrating the anomalous. This synthesis was based on the principle of "guiding the deviant to the normal." Using as evidence three sets of narratives, which represent traditional, Daoist, and Buddhist tales of the strange, I demonstrate how this form attempts to solve the problematic relationship between the human and spirit worlds through rituals informed by shamanic, Daoist and Buddhist practices; and how it symbolically expresses a dialectic between "normal-normative" and "anomalous" in an age of upheavals, as well as the fantasy of the soul's return. I have found that anomaly tales usually open with the appearance of the dead and then proceed with a series of strange happenings. The purpose of these ghostly manifestations is to solve, within the realm of the dead, problems that remain unsolved in the realm of the living, and to affirm the principle of retribution. The manifestation of ghosts, as a form that deviates from the norm, matches and solves imbalances in these ghost tales; it constitutes a kind of aesthetic interest in the paranormal, strange literature. This model, which is the paradigm for subsequent ghost culture, concerns the relations between the rulers of countries, aristocrats-gentry, commoners and the belief in ghosts and gods. In the human realm, it is concerned with matters such as social inequities, unrealized vengeance, and unrequited kindnesses. It also resolves karmic debts in a fallen age. It ultimately aims to restore a cosmic order and rationale that transcends the current age. Also, this kind of ghost narrative offers a sort of local knowledge that simultaneously reflects a universally shared experience that is comparable to the experience of other peoples of the world.