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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Old Chinese Ways To Attract Ghosts (招鬼法)
many ways to call our ghostly brothers and sisters. Below are just some in
addition to the already posted.
Blowing flutes (吹簫)
In order to
attract wandering ghosts, one only needs to go to wilderness or in the middle
of cemetery to play a tune with a flute at mid night. Old folks believe the
seemingly sad melody of the flute brings out the sad nostalgic memories of
those wandering spirits. So these ghosts would congregate and listen. Then and
again, please don’t try your luck whether you are good with flutes or
otherwise; I wouldn’t want to be called in the middle of the nights.
Hanging bronze wind chime (卦風鈴)
Many people like to hang
one or many bronze wind chimes on door brim as a wind chime produces melodious
sound when blown by breezes. However some people are more prone to be disturbed
by the sound of wind chimes causing nervous tension and sometimes
In Feng Shui, a wind chime
is used to neutralize the effect of star 5 and star 2. But if the areas are too
dark with bad ventilation, then the sound of wind chime may attract the spirits
In Buddhist, Hindu and
Taoist rituals, the sound of a bronze bell is used to attract spirits. This sound
is somehow similar to the sound of bronze wind chime so it is likely that the
ghosts maybe attracted by this sound.
It is said that if a wind
chime sounded by itself in the middle of the night; then chances are the
spirits are playing with the wind chime.
Washing clothes (洗衣)
In old China, there is an
unwritten rule: all clothing especially the underwear hung outdoor must be
collected. The Sing-Ma Chinese believe that if the clothes are left hung
overnight, a ‘penangal’ or flying head may pass over the clothing and its blood
may drip onto the clothes. This blood is toxic and may cause skin disease. Well,
this taboo is not observed anymore as modern folks can only wash clothes at
night after returning from work.
My psychic eyes pal told
“I always see good brothers and sisters being sucked and attached onto
clothes hanging outside at night. This is very strange indeed, ghosts would
take a detour when approaching hanging clothes; especially the underwear.
Sometimes, when the ghosts are not careful, they will be sucked onto the
clothes… I think it is best to shake any clothes a few times before wearing
them or the ghosts may possess the wearers’ bodies.”
Cold water & rice (冷水飯)
It is said that in old
China, cold water mixed with rice was a prisoner’s last meal before beheading.
So, if anyone prepared a bowl of cold water rice and put it outside of their
houses; chances are that ghosts from yesteryears would come and enjoy the
offering as this would remind them of sufferings when the ghosts were still
One of my friends, Jessica's dog liked to bark at the corner of her house for no apparent reasons. I asked
her to put a bowl of cold rice with water and put it at the corner. After a few
offerings, Jessica’s dog doesn’t bark any more. I guessed the ghost has left the
place after enjoying the meal.
The above methods doesn’t
guarantee that you will see ghosts if you don’t possess psychic vision. If time
permits, we shall look how to traditional ways to see ghosts.