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Wednesday, November 21, 2012
A Chinese Ghost Story (廣昌隆故事)
If you still remember the
posting regarding the old Chinese forbids people from opening up umbrella
inside a house because Chinese believe that there is a guardian spirit (土地) to protect each household
from wandering spirits. Just to refresh your memory:
I was told that there are
two types of stories in the past that Hong Kong script writes will not write:
·The fox spirits
·The story of
Now let us turn our
attention to a pretty sensational story of “Havocking Guangchanglong” (大鬧廣昌隆). This is a story of vengeful
ghost seeking revenge. The story happened in late Ching Dynasty, many people
who have stayed in Guangzhou have heard this story one time or another.
It is said that the
vengeful ghost in the story was once a rich prostitute (Ms P), because she has
got tired of her life as a prostitute; Ms P intentionally seeking a reliable
partner so that she can lead a normal and happy life.
As what Ms P has hoped for,
she finally found a “soul mate” amongst her customers. So she hastily got
engaged with her ideal mate. The Chinese proverb has it that “you can’t know a
person by his/her appearance”; Ms P’s soul mate (Mr. A) only aiming for her
money. He has no intention to marry the prostitute at all.
Story has it that one day;
the couple checked into a hotel and Mr. A murdered Ms P and buried her body
under the bed in secrecy. No one has found out this plot and Mr. A took all the
money and open up a sundry shop called “Guangchanglong”.
The murdered Ms P’s
restless soul attempted to seek revenge but she was either blocked by the
guardian of the bridge, or stopped by the guardian of the sundry shop. Finally
the ghost’s chance for revenge came as one of her previous acquaintance (Mr. C)
lodged in the same room where the prostitute was murdered.
One night, Ms P’s ghost
materialized in front of Mr. C and seeks his help. Even though Mr. C was
afraid, but since he noticed that the ghost meant no harm; Mr. C has agreed to
help the ghost of Ms P to seek revenge.
The favor asked by the
ghost was quite simple; Mr. C was just to bring an umbrella into the “Guangchanglong”
shop so that the ghost can attach herself in the umbrella. Sure enough, the
ghost was successful in avoiding the blockage of the bridge and shop guardian and
entered into “Guangchanglong” to seek her revenge; i.e. killing Mr. A.
The key to the whole story
is the umbrella. Has it not for the umbrella that the ghost of Ms P passed
through the blockage of shop guardian spirit and hence entering into the shop
to seek her revenge. Hence, the elders always earnestly caution the young not to
put umbrella at the door, so as not to inadvertently let ghosts into the house