When I was very young, like below 10 years old, my neighbours, sisters and I played this home-drawn [tag]ouija board[/tag]. We would use the drawing paper and put squares with ‘Yes’, ‘No’, numbers, alphabets. Then, we put our index fingers together on a 50 sen coin.
We would chant together “ling hwen chien, ching chu lai” ([tag]Spirit[/tag] of the coin, please come out) repeatedly. Well, the coin will start moving, prompted by eager little fingers, of course.
Don’t tell me you believe in such things, ok?
Then, we would ask questions and wait patiently for the answers. Our parents did not allow us to play during dusks and nights because the spirits are most powerful but we did anyway. After tired of asking every silly questions like when will I get married, what is my future boyfriend’s name etc, we have to ask the spirit to go home. Then, only the game is over.
Of course, those were kids’ games and nothing untoward happened. However, much later, we watched a Chinese movie and the people were possessed. It sort of scared us and from there, we no longer play the ouija board anymore.
Many Christians believe that using a Ouija board allows communication with demons, which is Biblically forbidden as a form of divination. Some people who claim to have been oppressed by evil spirits after using a board say that they could only get rid of these problems after Christian deliverance. Many Christians also believe that no dead person’s soul can be summoned, and that the only summoned spirits are demons who are trying to harm humans. (Wiki)>
Then, not long after my father-in-law died, my mother-in-law and sisters-in-law got this great idea of asking the old man who was already in another world if he received alll those gifts they sent. 😛 I tagged a long to appease the old lady and also out of curiousity. One look, I knew that blardy old man is a cheat. The modus operandi was : All the bereaved family will gather in the living room and some of the ‘staffs’ of that temple will ask questions like how many children, grandchildren, how the person died etc. Then, these info were secretly passed to the medium (though not visibly seen by us).
When it was our turn , the cheater started speaking Hakka to my mother-in-law. DNMCH, in truth my fil didn’t speak Hakka when he was alive, ok? Then, the cheater tried to get us into conversations and by guessing, who are the daughters etc, he pretended to ask about them etc etc. Well, there are still loads of suckers who got tricked into believing.
They still thrive, by the road-side with some yellow cloths and smoky facade. People still sit there, hoping to get their future foretold. Some of my outlaws are so into this, making decisions based on craps dished out by conmen.
Once, when my son was critically ill, some in-laws of mine took the upperhand to check his book of life. Don’t ask me, I don’t know wtf is that. She said all our lives were based on that and our ages fixed. One day, she came with the good news that my son have a very good life and he will live to 70 years. Thank God that I was impartial to stuffs like these or else I will strangle her. My son did not live even to seven months old.
The point I am trying to make? Don’t believe in stuffs like these. It will only give you mental illness. If you have a problem, see a doctor. And trust God.
And you know what they said about fortune telling? Whether in Buddhism or Christianity – by doing so you are defying your beliefs and each time, it is only going to shorten your life. Sort of a debit/credit kinda thing. Even fengshui masters must pay back some of their earnings to charities to balance things. But then, hey, I am sure many of us would have dabbled in this at least once in our life? Got any spooky tale to share?