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Friday, August 9, 2013
About Lady’s Red Shoes (紅繡鞋)
For the old Chinese folks,
the sighting of a pair of red shoes is some very interesting phenomena. I was
told by an old funeral service provider that when a single young lady died, her
family members will prepare a pair of red shoes for her to wear in the hope
that in her next life; she will be able to find a good household to reborn to.
This is quite different
with those ladies who committed suicide by wearing all red including a pair of
red shoes. There are cases where a lady died of unknown causes or being
brutally murdered, and if her family wanted her soul to take revenge of her
death; then the deceased will be worn red and her hands holding a pair of scissors.
In both of the above examples; the lady’s soul is believed to transform into vengeful
ghost (厲鬼). Such restless spirits are known as ‘lady ghost in red’ (紅衣女鬼).
Let me tell you two stories
about red shoes:
This story is told by a
former actress, Ms Low. According to her it is a taboo for people who worked in
a filming studio to look up the film studio during filming. The reason is that
the place above the studio is the darkest area of the building as most of the
spot lights are directed towards the filming stage.
Ms Low didn’t know this
taboo when she first shooting in the studio. So she somehow developed the habit
to occasionally lift her head to look upwards. One day, right after shooting a
TV series; Ms Low habitually lifted her head and to her surprised, she was
surprised to see a pair of feet wearing lady’s red shoes hanging on the spot
After the shooting, Ms Low
pulled one of the studio old time actors and enquired about the red shoes she
saw. The actor said with slumber: “Didn’t you know, the spirits like to look
down from higher ground?”
Lesson learnt: “Please don’t
lift your head to look above you, or you may see what you don’t expect to see!”
Lily is a tour guide. As we
know, tour guides are one of few persons who are likely to experience with
ghostly sightings due to their professions. Lily told me that one of her unforgettable
trips to Soul, Korea where her tour group was put up with a 3 star hotel
somewhere in the outer skirt of the metropolitan.
During this trip, Lily had
to share a room with another lady group member. When the group arrived at the
hotel, it was around 9pm. Lily’s roommate wanted to go out for sightseeing as
the night was still young; but Lily only wanted to hit the bed as she will have
a long day ahead next day.
After dropping off her
luggage, Lily took a refreshing shower and when she walked out from the bath
room, she saw a pair of lady’s red shoes nicely arranged beside her bed. Lily
didn’t like the red shoes as her gut feel told her that there was something eerie
about the shoes. So Lily stored the red shoes inside a cupboard opposite her bed
and hit the hay until…
Lily can’t remember how
long did she fell into sleep, but some she was instinctively awaken by a long
hair lady clad in red who sat beside her bed and ‘smiled’ coldly at Lily. Lily
immediately gave a hysterically shout and cover her head with her blanket.
However, she can faintly hear the lady in red’s ghostly words: “Where are my