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Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Seeing Ghosts: A Dangerous Game
As we are
already stepping into the 7th month of Lunar Calendar, we are now officially
entering the well known Ghost Month. Starting on the 1st day of the
Ghost Month, the hell gates opened and there will be plenty of roadside
offerings to the ghosts said to be released from the hell. This is a
traditional practice for Chinese Buddhists and Taoists alike. You will definitely
see feasts being offered to the spirits amongst the Chinese communities in
Asia; or perhaps in the Western countries as well.
The game I
am about to describe is extremely ‘rude’ towards the spirits, and if you want
to try; please don’t try it on other people’s roadside offering or you may be assaulted
by the ritual owners or being prosecuted. Best is that you yourself prepare a
set of food offerings and what you do to them is your own business.
just say that you want to try the game; not that I want to encourage you.
First, prepare some food offerings such as plain rice, tofu, bean sprouts,
sweets and some rice wine. Not forgetting some of the joss papers, candles and
incense. Oh, get yourself a bucket of water too. Then choose a quiet corner in
the street where you will not be disturbed and arrange all of the items you
have prepared beforehand on the ground.
you just start to burn incense, candles and joss paper. Wait until the incense
is burnt half way; pull out the incense and candles and then throw them onto
the ground. Later over turn all of the food offerings and extinguish the
burning joss paper with the pail of cold water. Say the following words:
(I want you all to be able to see, but cannot
back to your house.
you that there will be many spirits follow you home. You may not be able to see
them at once, but in a week or two…
seriously, the ritual is for your reading pleasure only. I assure you that you
are asking for trouble if you do try out and I don’t want to be responsible if
you do try it and have 10 years of bad luck J! You are warned.