Richard Wilhelm (10 May 1873 – 2 Mar 1930) was a German sinologist, theologian, and missionary. He lived in China for 25 years, became fluent in spoken and written Chinese, and grew to love and admire the Chinese people. He is best remembered for his translations of philosophical works and collecting Chinese folk tales, fables and fairy tales. His translation of the I Ching is still regarded as one of the finest, as is his translation of The Secret of the Golden Flower. "The King of the Ants" is a Chinese fairy tale, included by Richard Wilhelm into the Chinese Fairy book. Once upon a time there was a scholar, who wandered away from his home and went to Emmet village. There stood a house which was said to be haunted. Yet it was beautifully situated and surrounded by a lovely garden. So the scholar hired it. But residing in a haunted house never goes without something weird to occur. Like an invasion of an ant-size army.