Chapter 20 <— click on the link to read. Thank you to Vi and all the anonymous donors.
I hope that everyone is familiar with hand seals? You know how Xianxia illustrations often have cultivators in cool poses? Like this:
Above is from the cover of Five Color Paragon (I Shall Seal the Heavens #4) by Er Gen (author) and Deathblade (translator). Look at his hand, he is forming a hand seal right there.
Also, hand seals were used a lot in the Naruto manga and anime. There was even a guide to hand seals in the first Naruto fan book. Check it out:
Cultivators use the hand seals to activate their skills. Think of it like a wizard waving his wand.
From what I understand, the hand seals are based on the concept of mudra which are symbolic or ritual gestures in Hinduism and Buddhism.
In fact, while it may seem like something esoteric, mudras are commonly used in real life. For example, here is a picture of Aishwarya Rai making an Añjali Mudrā/ namaste gesture.
I’m pretty sure she is just saying namaste and not, you know, using a powerful Qi technique.