Part-Time Taoist Priest


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The most important duty of a Taoist priest is getting rid of monsters, exorcising ghosts, and raising his temple’s reputation! Xie Lingya, though, is not a Taoist priest. He just has the Immortal Roots…

Some people can learn in a day what takes others ten years of hard work. Xie Lingya is like this–other people have to cleanse themselves and meditate to draw talismans, but he can do it as easy as drinking a glass of water. Unfortunately, in this era, graduating from a renowned university is much more valuable than the talent for cultivation. He who has the Immortal Roots finally chose to study finance.

However, the world is unpredictable. His uncle, a Taoist priest, died unexpectedly, leaving his temple to Xie Lingya. His last wish was for his nephew to find the right person to inherit his sect’s teachings.

So Xie Lingya, who had no intentions to become a Taoist, ended up as… the owner of a Taoist temple. He began to earnestly manage the deserted little place, striving to gain believers. He also struggled to recruit priests, in hope of finding a suitable successor for his uncle. After a chance encounter, his target became Shi Changxuan, who came from an influential Taoist family and had outstanding skills. Not scared off by the man’s aloof personality, he struck up a conversation and tried to get his phone number. He didn’t realize this move could be easily misunderstood…

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RiYueLingKong rated it
June 4, 2019
Status: Completed
A previous work by the author behind "Those Years I Operated a Zoo", an innovative take on Chinese-style urban fantasy. The author has really done research - seen in the first few chapters, Spirit Official Wang's finger-seal -- yes, it's a middle finger, and no, it's not flipping at people, it really does look like that.

The translator has also done some effort in translating these concepts, especially considering how some concepts don't translate well into modern viewpoints.
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July 5, 2020
Status: c19
HAHAHA what a hilarious novel!! The MC is literally all about modern problems require modern solutions.
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Likalily rated it
August 29, 2020
Status: Completed
The character Xie Lingya reminded me of the MCs in Ghost Know What I Experienced and the Death Progress Bar. Xie Lingya mixed between the two. Shicangxuan's character is similar to the two ML's there, but he is bolder when in a relationship.

It seems like Betwixted really likes a character like this because almost all MC and ML are like that.

The plot of the story is actually 4.0 / 5.0. But I really like the characters in this level, even the last antagonist so I gave them 5.0
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shinkyuu rated it
March 18, 2022
Status: c112
This is so amazing!

I finished it thru MTL.

Tip: Search for the raws and use Google translate instead of reading in MTL websites. The google translate version is way better.. Read the first few translated chapters from Betwixted first.

I love the plot, MC, the characters, Pokeweed and Liu Lingtong. (Also God Official Wang and Sazu). Hahhahaa
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TigerCub rated it
July 16, 2020
Status: Completed
OH MY GOSH. Yes, I freaking fell in love with this novel!

If you are looking for a carefree, talented, and caring MC then this is the one for you. I honestly love his personality~ The ML is just as powerful and they complement each other well throughout the entire story. If you were to say how each one became powerful, then the MC is purely innate talent whereas the ML was through hardwork during his youth.

Also! If you like MC's who are on the rough side in terms of personality... more>> traits, this is it lol. He really cracks you up! The ML on the other hand is a tacturn kinda character but pretty damn pure I must say!

If you enjoyed Ghosts Know What I've Experienced, then you'll surely like this just as much!

It's worth the read everyone :D <<less
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MissQ rated it
February 16, 2024
Status: c34
had been holding off on reading this since Betwixted Translations had put this novel on hiatus. Saw another tler picked it up, went to read 2 chapters, found it was mtl, so I went back to Betwixted Translations. Now that I'm stuck on chapter 34, I need to leave a bookmark here to help me remember haha

my review: I really like this story. Its very different from the usually supernatural/fengshui stuff. The MC isn't even a licensed professional! Also I love the Pokeweed spirit, their comments crack me up. So... more>> far, there's no romance, but I like how its slow to bud. ML is a corked gourd, but he's not the cold type, so it's bareable, I'm just here for the comedy <<less
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Roxasfleur rated it
December 19, 2021
Status: c37
Five stars!

This is really interesting. MC personality is gold, good humor, and author definitely did their research. But I think this is kinda heavy to mtl so I'm stopping here and maybe wait for the translations.
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WanderingReader rated it
March 6, 2021
Status: c32
Totally worth reading! Fantastic characters, stories and the relationships between characters are very interesting.

Most of the characters are memorable and I quite like how the MC handles things. MC and ML are pretty OP but they still need to give their efforts to combat the ghosts and spirits.

It's nice to see how MC manages the temple and promote it, the growth and everything are heartwarming!

... more>> MC and ML interactions so far are nice, I like how the author implies their feelings (mostly ML) and it's slowly growing overtime.

Can't wait for the translations, as for now I'll read the MTL and re-read this again when the translations are finished! <<less
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gummypills rated it
December 18, 2020
Status: c28
Finished reading via mtl, it’s a good series if you enjoy the Taoism and spirit ass kicking, but even later on there is minimal fluff. The ML’s character doesn’t get developed much, and their relationship isn’t explored too deeply. The focus isn’t really on the romance, and it’s more of a side add on.
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SayuriTengo rated it
September 26, 2023
Status: Completed
I absolutely adore this novel! I've re-read it multiple times and will continue to do so, as its one of my favorite supernatural+metaphysics bl lol.

It was so interesting to read from start to finish. All I can say is give it a chance if you like this genre.
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Mairin rated it
January 2, 2023
Status: Completed
Gosh this is so good, why is there only few reads?! C'mon even if the mtl is a little gibberish you can still understand the whole point without derailing.

I don't even know where to start my review because everything is amazing. The plot is so good yet it didn't compromise the quality of the romance even tho its only subtle. I'm not good with words so I can't detailed much the points that I love about the plot because there's a lot! I love every character present here and they... more>> have their own personalities that you could remember them well. Especially our MC and ML, their personalities are perfect opposites but they harmonize really well, opposite attracts really.

I don't have any knowledge about taoism but author written it very well that I didn't feel bored reading those mantras at all. She did her research well so the point come out well, even if some things are fictitious as the author herself stated.

Also I just fell in love with this genre and theme hahahaha. The vibes is similar to "New Times, New Hell", which I love too a lot, but has its own flavor, and it gives satisfaction to my heart cuz its hard to find similar vibes stories that are both good and has its own uniqueness. Although this story is more detailed and spotless.


I hope the translations to continue tho for full experience cuz the translators did a great job translating this... I wanna reread this with proper translation next time... <<less
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vancie rated it
November 16, 2022
Status: c34
Love this story! Wish the updates were faster because the translator is so good - you can tell that they did their research. This can be doubly said for the author, who has included so many concepts that are new to me. The story is a great combo of adventure, slice of life, and slow burn romance. Loving it so far!
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Blithe rated it
April 8, 2024
Status: c55

Every character in this novel is a 10/10 especially the MC. I like him quite a bit.

Brief synopsis:

A finance major graduate on his way to post graduation briefly pause on his educational journey to look after the Taoist temple his uncle left behind to him. Under the pretext of interning as the accountant of the Taoist temple he goes around trying to find a head monk to look after the temple. BTW, he has something called a star bone and anyone who ever had one always became great Taoists. Anywho,... more>> he meets excellent ML and is poaching him to work as the head monk of his temple. All the while fighting off ghosts and monsters on the side.

A fun plot with adorable side characters

especially the plant dolls

. <<less
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