A shaman and his wife have been indicted after the shaman forced his son to have sex with his wife, local media reported yesterday.
The shaman, identified as Chen, 46, forced his wife and 17-year-old son to have sex at their home in Putzu City, Chiayi County, last November, according to the indictment, said the Chinese-language newspaper, the Apple Daily.
Police charge that Chen told his son that he was weak and said that to become strong, he had to have sex with his mother to balance his yin and yang.
Chen's wife was a willing participant in the incest, according to officials. Chen's son refused, but complied after being beaten by his father.
The incest traumatized Chen's son. He skipped classes, slit his wrists and sometimes shouted that he had seen ghosts.
A probe by school authorities led to the exposure of the incest and the arrest of the student's father and mother.
Both parents could face a maximum 10-year sentence for abusing their son and incest.
In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang refer to opposing but complementary forces that exist in all things, with yin associated with the feminine and yang, the masculine. According to some beliefs, to maintain good health, men and women should have regular sex to keep yin and yang balanced.