This Astro seems to have a fascination with[tag] ghosts[/tag] and will show over it’s channels all sorts of ghost stories during the Chinese Hungry Ghosts festival month. One about Haunting was shown on Discovery Channel and right now, another one on Star World .

The one on Discovery Channel ended with this dramatic exorcism by a Catholic priest. Do you know that all of us converts, i.e. those of us who are not born a Christian but lovingly and willingly and knowingly embrace the faith, will be exorcised during our one year course (RCIA)? We had to be exorcised before we are baptised . Heh, no drama, this one. We just have to pledge not to believe in the devil, denounce our previous faiths and idols. Then, the priest just lay his hands on our forehead. No shrieking or thrashing of ourselves though the devil means many of the evils we practiced.

So, when we watch these shows on exorcism, I often joked with my kids to remember what to say if they encounter someone who is possessed. “In the name of Jesus Christ, I command you (Satan) to leave (name of the person possessed).” Through faith, and not through any mumbo-jumbo, we hope to defeat Satan . The Bible has several examples of these situations where Jesus commanded the devils to leave a person possessed. One of the instance, the devils ran into a herd of pigs and the pigs jumped off the cliff. Heh, pigs always have a bad reputation, don’t they?

When I was small, my neighbour taught me how to invite a ghost into the house. Ghosts are believed to live in banana trees, (yeah, right) and what we need to do is to tie a white ribbon from any banana tree to your bedroom window. During the night, the ghost (let it be pretty and sexy one for the humsup male, a handsome palace guard for the ladies) will use the white ribbon as their lifeline and go to your room. Heh, I never tried that ‘cos I was only 8 years old when I listened to stuffs like these. Try it and if it works, let me know?

Thanks to LinPeh, the local blogsphere[tag] ghostbuster[/tag], I finally found the full story of this junction which we local Penangites know are ‘dirty’. A young guy who worked in a fish & pet shops died in an accident here many years ago. I used to patronise his shop. God bless his soul. There were other cases of fatal road accident on this stretch.

Georgetown – The Deadly Junction (Bomoh Kuai – Bomoh Ghost)

It is a T-Junction, located beside the Union High School, It Was said that if you ever drive across it late at night, your car will go out of control, & crash because there were many accidents happened there. some said that there is a tiny unknown tree which looks like a lady carrying a child beside the road, they saw her figure & a child screaming, some old folks said she was once a “bomoh”(witch) & she kidnapped her sister’s son,somehow they never appear after being seen beside this “DEADLY JUNCTION”.

After I read LinPeh’s post, one evening while I was driving home, I took out my camera and shot this. This is the junction going into Batu Gantung Crematorium, graveyard and also jeng, jeng, jeng…the Penang Racecourse. I don’t know if this is the exact spot but our over-imagination see the shape of an angry face on this tree trunk. Anyway, after I took that pic, I fast-fast said a prayer that may all the deceased souls have a place to go and may God have mercy on them and please protect all the motorists, school children and road users in the vicinity.

So, should we believe in ghosts? Nay…Believe that all good souls have a place to go. All naughty souls have their homes too. And those restless souls who are trying hard to ‘return home’ will find their peace if we believe there is a better place for them in Heaven. Follow the Light.