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Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Space Cleaning With Beans (五色豆驱鬼法)
Beans are not
only good as food, but beans can also be used to exorcise a haunted building
too if you know the way. We will need green beans, red beans, white beans,
black beans and finally yellow beans. The number of beans use varies according
to traditions however.
is a prerequisite for everything, in order to employ the beans to do exorcism;
one must already a practitioner of 5 ghosts (五鬼) or 5 legionnaire armies (五营兵) ．
If one is
using the 5 ghosts system, then use 1 bean each for green, red, white, black
and yellow. If the person is using the 5 legionnaire armies, for general cases,
one shall use 5 beans of each color. Otherwise use 99 green beans, 88 red
beans, 66 white beans, 55 black beans and 33 yellow beans.
those who have installed 5 color flags in the altar must bring these 5 color
flags to the site to be exorcised. At the place, first each flag must be
installed in all 4 corners and centre of the area together with some food
offerings and incense. The center portion should always be the main offering
site. One must not forget to put the color beans on 5 plates in all 5 places
hence blocking the passage of whatever spirits there may be present.
setup is done, the ritual proper should be started by first inviting the
military spirits to enter and enjoy the offerings:
In the east/south/west/north/center
(I am raising green/red/white/black/yellow flag
to evoke armies in the east/south/west/north/centre…)
point, one should wait until the incense and candles are burnt half length before
continue with the following:
(I am raising all 5 flags to evoke armies of
all 5 camps…)
person must pick up the plate filled with green/red/white/black and yellow
beans in turn and pour the beans into a new plate. After all beans are
collected and before the incense and candles are burnt out, those 5 color beans
must be thrown out through the main door with a shout: “get out!”
cases, one ritual session is sufficient to throw out any wandering spirits
except those earthbound spirits whose bones are still buried under the
foundation. In this case, a tantric fire ceremony (密宗火供) coupled with deliverance ritual (超度法) will be more appropriate.
performed the 5 beans exorcism ritual for a friend troubled by a female hung
ghost during one night. The next day, my friend’s neighbor who is a nanny told
him that she actually ‘saw’ the hung ghost flew out from his house as if being
thrown out by an invisible force. Thus I stand by the effectiveness of the
above method in casting out spirits with one exception of course.