I am PING-ing Technorati, Ping-O-matic, BOTD and a list of about 12 places. So, let me give a little background about hungry ghosts and promote my country. This is also like product review but this one ghosts review.
Tomorrow is the 7th lunar month in the Chinese calendar. Chinese use the moon to chart their calendar whilsts the (dunno who) use the sun.
On the 7th month, all these souls will be released from hades to roam free on earth. Many of these are lost souls who have no home, no family and no food.
Tonight, that is now, a lot of Chinese who are Taoist will be burning candles, joss-sticks and offering foods and gold and silver hell notes. I used to do that.
I did it because my mom did it. The purpose is to tell these good brothers (hou heng tai/hoh hia tee) to be kind to us, protect us from harm and just leave us alone.
If you are into these beliefs, you will believe that on the 7th month, tragedies will strike more often. You can observe this especially on the Penang Bridge. Old folks usually refused going to hospital on the 7th month (and preceeding Ching Ming) because death rates are believed to be higher. My mom died suddenly on a 7th month too.
Stage shows will be performed all over the area and these are to entertain these good brothers who are on ‘holiday’ on earth. I will blog about these later in my MalaysiaBest.net blog when I get the photos.
Whether you believe or not in the hungry ghosts, I know they do exists. I had seen my Chinese neighbour, an old man who suddenly fall into a trance and spoke Tamil (Indian language). One time, my colleague’s Malay neighbour suddenly spoke Hokkien. An accident victim trying to ‘return’ home.
For the next 15 days, I used to avoid any places with huge water catchment like the sea, river and swimming pool. Also avoid jungle and dark places. Don’t go phaktor in Lake Gardens, ok?
About 6 years back, my eldest sister suddenly gone into great discomforts come sundown. Each evening, she will get the same problems. Originally, she thought that probably it was an inner ear infection. She did not mention anything to me but one night, I suddenly dreamt my mom telling me that ‘all those people who died in the pool are disturbing her’. Right, I told her about my dream and she spooked out. She went to the Merit Sri Sayang Apartment for my niece’s birthday party. And her problems started since then. That place is haunted.
I know ‘cos I personally encountered it before.
…to be contd.
**Disclaimer : I am a Catholic now. I only believe in God. But I was a Taoist and have a lot to tell too.