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    Tuesday, August 5, 2008

    Hungry Ghost Festival Taboos

    Specially dedicated this post to John Matthew

    Taboos to Follow:
    1. Avoid swimming during the 7th month. It is believed that those previously drowned evil ghost might cause you to drown in the swimming pool. Such ghost need to find victims in order for them to be go for rebirth.

    2. Children and young adults are also advised to return home early and not to wander around alone at night. This belief is due to the reason that the wandering ghosts can possess children easily.

    3. Avoid moving into new homes and opening new businesses this month as it is considered inauspicious and bad luck on new ventures.

    4. Avoid getting married during this month because couples will have bad ending. Some bad ghost may cast a bad spell on couples during their wedding.

    5. Avoid going for jungle trekking and going on camping trips as chances of injuries, possession and death are high.

    6. Drive very carefully during this month to avoid accidents, as there may be many wandering spirits who died of accidents previously that are searching for next victims so that they could be reincarnated.


    Hotel Taboos:

    For those who are travelling, they may want to be cautious when staying in hotels. The hotel is considered as a "yin place" and is normally a favorite settlement for ghosts. The following are some tips that one can follow when staying in hotels to prevent ghostly encounters:

    1. Provide a respectful knock on the bedroom door before you enter for the first time.

    2. Avoid entering the room right away. Whisper to yourself that you are renting the room to stay temporarily, as a form of asking permission. Let any spirit leave the bedroom first before you enter.

    3. Place your pair of shoes or sandals facing the door. The shoes must be away from the bed. One side of the shoe points to the door and the other side point inwards.

    4. Display a glass of salt water next to your bed. Salt is an excellent antidote for dirty energy.

    5. You are encouraged to flush the toilet bowl first before using it.

    6. You are also encouraged to avoid wearing black or striking red colored clothings.

    7. Normally there is a bible or quran in the drawers. Please avoid touching or moving them from their original positions.

    8. Always keep the toilet's door closed with lights turned off when you go to sleep.

    9. Try to avoid facing the mirror when you sleep. If the mirror is designed in this manner, try to cover it with a towel.

    10. Avoid placing any shoe next to the bed when sleeping.

    11. Watch out the mouth from mentioning anything about ghost. Ghost story telling must be avoided by all means.


    From: This Link

    6 comments:

    John Mathew said...

    Thanks beeling for explaining this in such great detail! I will drive more carefully now, not planning on going to any hotel :)

    Foo HS said...

    John, just some additional info as well. When driving during nights; Tried to avoid from switching on ur car's head lights. As dirty object likes bright light a lot. Tht's y in hotel, you need to switch off toilet lamp whn bedtime;

    JASON said...

    huh, off the lights at night ah?


    btw, link not working

    Rick said...

    Didn't know there were so many taboos associated with Hungry Ghost Festival. When its safe to go back outside please try out these sites at Nature Escapes

    liteng said...

    thanks for sharing this...

    turn off toilet lamp in hotel?? hmmm... i only ON it when bedtime... oops!

    kenwooi said...

    hey there!

    nice post! but it gives me goosebumps haha~