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Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Some Simple Lu Shan Magic (閭山派)
sect is one of Taoist sect as with Mao Shan. Basically there are two types of
Lu Shan Taoists:
sacrifices and ceremonial drama specific (祭禮與儀式戲劇)
rituals during festive, blessing ceremony
ritual for the dead
lengthy and large scale rituals that may last for days
and involve a group of Taoist and sometimes an orchestra
similar to the Chinese Opera
cursing, blessing, black magic etc.
and most of the time only involve one or two person
type of magic
leave the ceremonial drama alone for the time being as it will be an extensive
topic to discuss about. Let me introduce you some simple Lu Shan magic that
anyone can practise:
Purification of the salt and rice ritual (鹽米破穢法)
is quite common to other Taoist system; it is mainly used to purify the unholy
energies and spirits. It is best to use sticky rice mixed with salt and throw
the mixture around a haunted area, onto the head of a possessed person or throw
the mixture into water for bathing.
Stopping a child from crying at night (止小孩夜啼)
If there is
a child cry nonstop at night and there is a reason that there is the play of
spiritual realms, then take the salt-rice mixture and spread it all over the
child’s body, after that write “閭山陳大夫人在此百無禁忌” on a piece of red paper and then
paste it in front of the bed.
Removing evil spirits after night out (除夜行遇鬼)
Prepare a new dust brush
and tie a piece of red cloth. Hang the brush on the left side of your main
entrance. On the event that you return at night and feel something is following
you then use the brush to brush from your head to toe a few times.
Treating spirit possession
suspect a person is possessed, then prepare a bowl of water and two pieces of
red chopsticks. Encircle the chopsticks over the head of the possessed and then
dip them into the bowl. If the chopsticks can stand up, that means there is a
spirit in the person. Tell the spirit to leave the body and then take 13 pieces
of joss paper; encircle the paper on the person’s head and toe three times. Go
out of the house, the further the better and burn the paper.
of course many more simple but effective rituals to deal with daily spiritual
related situations. Suffice for now for a few examples. Perhaps we can look into the ceremonial sacrifices and drama for those who are more interested in the cultural studies.