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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Buying Soul, Robbing Soul (買靈，搶靈)
temple that receives very little worshippers is termed as ‘cold stove’ (冷爐). Other than blaming
it to bad Feng Shui, there are two things a caretaker can do:
a soul (買靈)
a soul (搶靈)
new soul is a standard practice to many new temples now days. The idea of
buying a soul is that one must go to a renowned temple such as that of the ‘dragon
tiger mountain’ (龍虎山) to donate some money to get a split spirit
form the mother temple. Folks believe that it is only after going through this
ritual that this new spirit will be able to attract more worshippers and it is
more authentic than the ordinary empowerment rituals.
opposite side of buying a soul is to rob a soul. As the name implies, this
practice is more towards the grey/black magic practices. The only thing is that
you don’t need to pay a fee with this practice though it has a darker side.
procedure is pretty simple, as before one must choose an auspicious timing.
This ritual is normally performed at midnight. After preparing fruits and food
offerings for welcoming the new soul, the eyes of the statue must be blind
folded with a piece of yellow or red cloth.
is done, the person must go out of the main gate either by boat or by a car
carrying with him/her with a bunch of firecrackers and a trumpet. Now, one need
only walks or paddles straight blindly towards any direction until he/she hears
the sound of animals or birds. On hearing the first sound, this person must
fire up the firecrackers and blow the trumpet immediately.
point, return immediately to the temple and unfolds the blind on the face of
the statue. It is said the statue is now empowered with a new soul; whatever
the soul is and it will bring in more worshippers and hence income to the
If I have
not mentioned to you, there is a taboo to this ritual: one should not blow the
trumpet and burn firecrackers if he/she hears the sound of human. Or, the
person who made the sound will die. No joking. This will bring very bad karmic
consequences to the person who did the ritual.
I have not
done such a ritual, but according to my master; one of his disciples wanted to
end the ritual early and on hearing a lady singing at night he blew the trumpet
and firecrackers. Consequently, the lady dropped dead and this disciple was subsequently
beaten up by folks around and he became crippled as his wounds never recovered
since. Needless to say, his new temple had to be closed down due to his