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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
About Evil Winds (邪风)
In Chinese folk belief, perhaps the so called ‘evil wind’
can be grouped into two types: spiral wind (small tornado if you like) and
In fact, the sightings of spiral winds are pretty common in
the street or in open areas: these types of small tornados would stir up paper shreds
and tree leaves plying to and fro freely. The unwary folks thought it is fun to
watch but in reality, these small tornados can be pretty harmful to a few
unlucky souls especially the young ones. So, one should not come into contact
with them or troubles would arise pretty soon.
About 20 years ago, my neighbour’s kid liked to play with
these types of small tornados; one day he did the same thing when he noticed a
small wind spiralled up some tree leafs outside of his house. After this kid
returned home, he suddenly became blind. Unfortunately this kid never recovered
from his illness and succumbed a few years later. To tell you honestly, I am
not sure if it is due to this spiral wind or something else.
I think, the size of these tornados reflect the power of the
spirits that caused the tornado: the small wind would be caused by small spirit
and the strong ones are perhaps stirred up by more powerful demonic forces. If
a place has not been frequently visited by tornado, and suddenly it is besieged
by tornados suddenly; then we can assumed that the luck of that place is
declining. As the saying goes:
“When a country is
near ruin, then demons will appear”!
Another type of evil wind in our list is the ‘ghost wind’.
Ghost winds can easily be encountered by those folks who are experiencing bad
luck and they like to go out at night. At the place where ghost wind is
present, we would feel cold and goose bumps would be produced. Ghost winds are
normally harmless unless one ‘collides’ head on with them. When a person
collided with ghost wind, the luckier ones would experience numb face or craniofacial
skew. For the unlucky ones, his/her eyes would roll back or his/her eyes would
shut tight, fainted or unconscious. Some people would vomit or diarrhea.
The ones who understand Taoist magic would use ‘thunder
ritual’ (雷法) or other exorcism rituals
to cure victims. For a Taoist, the method is to draw a Han character of thumder
‘雷’ on his/her left palm and
then release this ‘thunder’ towards the victim. If the condition is serious,
then mantra for soul retrieval (收魂)
or nerve calming (收惊) should be
recited. Of course, these types of rituals should be done by more capable hands.
Of course, if you do not believe in ‘evil winds’, then just
treat them as just another metrological phenomena or just some old folk