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Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Having Ghosts For Dinner (吃鬼)
Want to eat ghost? Think again ...
There is a
saying that goes something like:
“I eat everything
except tables and parents!”
Chinese would eat everything: the one that flies the one that swims the one
that craws… you just name it. Even when we saw beautiful people, we would say
it quietly: “Can you be my supper?”
I veered too much to other side, not many people knows that ghosts can also be
eaten according to Maoshan tradition. When I started with Maoshan magic, I can
purchase small edible softwood coffins. The purpose of these small coffins is
to house ghosts captured during exorcism ceremonies.
time is right, these softwood coffins are consumed normally inside a Taoist’s
altar. Of course, if the Taoist is an experienced one, then the ghost can be
eaten on site. So what are the benefits of ‘eating’ ghosts?
ghosts can be a good supplement of a Taoist’s chi. The more ghosts a Taoist consumes;
the more powerful the Taoist will be. Not everyone can eat ghosts however as
there are a set of rules to follow:
can only consume odd number of ghosts at a time for if even numbers of ghosts
are consumed, then they will gang up and fight against the Taoist in his
young ghosts are consumed as their chi is cleaner and easier to control.
should not be consumed during the 4th month and the 7th
month of Chinese lunar calendar.
wandering/homeless spirits can be consumed.
procedure for ‘eating’ a ghost:
bind the ghost into a piece of edible wood or biscuit in that matter.
is okay if you cannot find softwood coffin to put the biscuit in.
that recite the above mantra and eat the wood or biscuit.
point, I begin to wander… Why is it that human are afraid of ghosts? It should
be the other way round… The ghosts would be the one that should be running for
their lives or else they will be ‘eaten alive’! Don’t you think so?