Qing Ming Festival-Should we eat the food offering?
Worshipping Tai Sui (太歲)
- Friend or Foe?
Worshipping the White
Tiger- To avoid calamities and blood shed?
Burning of Joss paper - A
Zi / Four Pillars of Destiny Analysis of Michael Jackson
What is the Five Ghost
Transfer Wealth Technique?
The Taoist Secret Dharma
of Opening the Third Eye to see Ghosts
Taoist Magic used to Win
Qing Ming Festival-Should we eat the food offerings?
Qing Ming festival is celebrated this
year on the 5th April 2006, most people will turn up either 10
days before or after this date. It is a Taoist practice of
honoring and remembering our ancestors. Food offerings, joss
papers, flowers and incense are offered at the cemetery or at a
columbarium as an act of filial piety.
ancestors worships is a part of Taoism practice, it's essential
for a Taoist to visit their deceased ancestors during this
festival. It had become a part of a Taoist heritage and
tradition to practice this.
food is offered to the deceased, usually a sumptuous meal is
prepared that can span from a main course right up to dessert!
It's just too tempting to see the sight of the food, at times we
just can't resist taking a morsel of the food after it had
been offered to the deceased. At times we just pack it like fast food
and take it home to be served later. But the question is should
we eat these food offered to the deceased? Will it have an
impact on the consumer?
had personally ask several cultivator of the Taoist sect and
also Buddhist practitioners with high level of spiritual
cultivations. They personally told me to avoid all foods offered
to deceased. These food are not supposed to be
consumed by the living. The deceased are of "Yin" energy while
the living are "Yang" energy. When food are offered to "Yin"
entities their energy are transferred to the food which
indirectly when the living consumes it they also take in the
What would happen if you take in the "Yin" energy? You would
feel agitated, drained of your life force, feel exhausted and
worst of all you will encounter some obstacles, i.e. bad luck,
this the next time if you have the opportunity, take a sample of
the food at home before you send the rest to be offered to the
deceased. After the food is being offered taste the food and
compare with the sample taken earlier. Is there any difference?
Does the offered food now doesn't taste appealing? The sweetness
is gone, the aroma had diminished and if you are aware meat
offered at times shrunk or lose its freshness and emit a kind of
Just ask yourself, would you eat foods which are offered to
ghosts or spirits during the Seventh month (hungry ghost
festival)? You wouldn't right? Its a taboo not to eat these
foods, which are not meant for us.
However if you were to consumed food offered to high ranking
Taoist deities, gods, immortals, and buddha's. The food are
blessed by their "Yang" energy, you can tell the moment you
taste these food. It's always sweet, the aroma is delightful and
the smell is always pleasant.
remember the next time, please leave everything behind. That
includes fruits as well!
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Worshipping Tai Sui (太歲) - Friend or Foe?
Tai Sui (太歲) this year 2006 is "Xiang Ban Xing Jun (向般星君)".
The story of Tai Sui is widely spread, there are few
version. One claims that he's the god of moon and another he's
the warrior god. But the actual account is the god of the year.
The Chinese lunar calendar has 60 years in one cycle, its formed
by the Heavenly stem and Earthly branch. Therefore there are 60
Tai Sui in the cycle, each one dominates one single year. This
is the reason Tai Sui is called the god of the year, every event
that occurs during the year is under his jurisdiction.
People respect him highly, and fear to offend him
because it would cause misfortunes and bad luck. To avoid
offending the Tai Sui of the year, people pacify and enshrine
the Tai Sui of the year. This year those born in the year of
Dog, Goat and Ox are in conflict with Tai Sui. They will
encounter obstructions to all their dealings, in addition to
poor health and also safety.
Age that is in conflict with Tai Sui in the year of Dog 2006
(Avoid attending funerals)
|| Lunar Year
|| Gregorian Year
|| Age (Years)
||Yi Wei (乙未)
||Jia Chen (甲辰)
||Ren Xu (壬戌)
||Ren Xu (壬戌)
||Xin Wei (辛未)
||Geng Chen (庚辰)
||Geng Chen (庚辰)
|Who should pray to Tai
|Dragon : 19,31,43,55,67,79,91 years
: 10,22,34,46,58,70,82 years
Some people had the misconception that Tai
Sui can only be worshipped at the beginning of the year, but
this is untrue. One can actually pray to Tai Sui any day
throughout the year. However there is one exception for these
who offend Tai Sui (person born in year of dog) should avoid
praying on the San Niang Sha Day (三娘殺日), which falls on the 3rd,
7th, 13th, 18th, 22nd and 27th of each lunar month.
You can pray to Tai Sui in temple's or at
home, it is necessary to prepare a set of offering sets (joss
paper), incense, candles, fruits (use 5 apples & 5 oranges).
When you're praying tell Tai Sui your name, make your wish
sincerely for improvement of health, luck, wealth, prosperity,
family safety and helpful mentors supports. Offer thanks giving
to Tai Sui at the end of the year.
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Worshipping the White Tiger
To avoid calamities and blood shed
The White Tiger Deity
In the Chinese lunar calendar, there are 24
divisions to a solar year. The "Awakening of Insects Day"
happen to be in the 2nd division following directly after the
Spring season. Due to climatic changes from Winter to Spring,
thereby awaken insects from their winter sleep. Therefore it is
called "Awakening of Insects", Chinese people believes
this is the time the "White Tiger" will open its ferocious mouth
to feast after a long hibernation during Winter.
This year 2006 (year of the
Dog) the "Awakening of Insects" falls on the 6th March
2006 being at 1.30am. Believers will gather at a temple and pray
to the Tiger deity with a set of joss paper, incense, candles
and food. Offerings include lard, duck eggs, sesame seeds and
green beans are also offered to get rid of vile persons gossips.. They will place
a small piece of lard into the Tiger deity mouth as a symbolic
ritual of appeasing the Tiger deity not to stir up any trouble
which includes bloodshed caused by accidents, major surgery, and
The Tiger deity is a very
powerful deity believes that it can confers protections to
worshippers and also help them get rid of vile persons, which
may be your friends, colleagues or even your subordinate. That
may slander, backstab, and giving you a hard time, especially
these climbing the corporate ladder this may affect your chance
of getting promoted.
Usually a set of joss paper
is prepared in advance for worshipping the Tiger deity.
Paper Effigy of a Vile person
It will usually include a
paper effigy of a man representing a vile person which are
supposed to be hit by a shoe in front of the Tiger deity. They
will Chant this while hitting the paper effigy:
Hit your head dead,
Hit till your mouth
Strike all your limbs till
Where you come from the
East, go running to the West,
Beat till you run off
without your shoes on.
After this ritual is
complete the entire offering sets are burned and a small paper
effigy of a Helpful Mentor or Noble Man, a paper horse and 2
palms or hands are then stuck on the wall in the temple, the
higher the better. This signify that you will get help from
Helpful Mentor or Noble Man which now elevate you to a higher
position after getting rid of the Vile person.
Helpful Mentor or Noble Man
This is the wall
which is located in the temple used for the purpose of placing
the Noble Man
|Who should pray to the
White Tiger Deity?
|Horse: 05,17,29,41,53,65,77 years
|Dog : 13,25,37,49,61,73,85
|Tiger : 09,21,33,45,57,69,81 years
Joss paper a Taoist practice?
Burning of Joss Paper
Is the burning of Joss paper a Taoist
practice? In Taoism the burning of Joss paper is an important
offering, either to Taoist deity, Immortals, Spirits, Ghosts and
the deceased. The type of joss paper being offered differs, as
higher ranking Taoist deities, Immortals or gods have their own
set of joss paper being offered to them. If you are aware the
Hell Notes (Money), Rebirth Mantra, and ancient paper
money called Xi Qian is never offered. These are only reserved
for ghost and spirits or lower ranking deities. The intention of
burning joss paper is to offer sacrifice which are intangible to
the spirits realm. When the fire consumes the joss paper Taoist
believe that it will materialize in the spirits realm and can be
used by them.
In ancient China when an emperor
deceased all his servants are killed and buried together with his
personal belongings to be used in the spirits realm. This
massacre was found to be inhuman and later replaced with paper
as a sacrifice. Nowadays the Taoist communities usually make a
replica of a human effigy made out of paper to represent the
servant to serve the deceased.
You may even see the latest model of cell
phones, credit cards, cars, boats, DVD player, houses, I-Pod and even
airplanes! Made of paper that are burned during the funeral.
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Ba Zi / Four Pillars of Destiny Analysis of
Michael Jackson was born on the 29th August 1958 in Gary, Indiana, one of the nine children. Michael began singing with his parents and four other brothers as “The Jackson Family” before the boys went out on their own as “The Jackson Five”. He was in the clutches of poverty, and unhappiness as he have a very difficult childhood as the luck pillar for the age 3-12 consists of the unfavourable element Metal. His lucky element is Fire and second lucky element is Earth.
Although when Michael was in the unfavourable luck pillar of age 23-32 (Water). He still achieved tremendous success as in the advanced theory the Heavenly Stem luck pillar for age 23-32 when combined with the Heavenly Stem of the Day pillar the resultant element is Fire. Michael most favourable element, while also taking account into the Earthly Branches when combined with the Day pillar Earthly Branches changes into Wood. Bear in mind that based on the Five element theory when the Metal element conquer Wood element it represents Wealth to a Metal person. Therefore this luck pillar of age 23-32 is most prosperous and favourable.
戊 = Fire
Luck Pillar 23-32
Year Pillar Heavenly Stem
+ 亥 = Wood
Luck Pillar 23-32 Earthly
Based on the theory of the Five Elements. Wood element would further enhance or increase the Fire element. Thus increasing Michael lucky element Fire. This would have a huge impact towards his success.
Therefore the resultant elements after combining the Luck Pillar does change into the favourable element, Michael achievement are indeed indicated in the Luck Pillar as his fame sky rocketed to incredible heights with the wildly successful "Thriller" album in the year 1983. As also indicated the year 1983 is also the favourable element as indicated both are Wood element.
In terms of wealth as indicated in the Luck Pillar of Age 23-32 there is abundant water, as Water element to an Earth person represents Wealth, consider this hypothesis as Michael was at the age of 25 in the year 1983, Michael pocketed a total of $32 million on US Sales alone. By late 1983 not counting an extra's 15 million on foreign sales, at least $2 million in publishing royalty for the four songs he wrote on the album "Thriller". Ultimately Michael's total take from "Thriller" would top $130 million !
Lets consider another
historical event that happened to Michael in 1984 when his hair
went up in flames during the making of Pepsi commercial below is
the relevant pillars relating to this unfortunate event. I had
converted the hour, day, month and year into each individual
pillars for analysis.
The event happened on the 27th
January 1984 @ 6.00pm Friday. As below there is a clash between
the Day Pillar Earthly Branch.
As the clash is only indicated or threatening the Yang Wood (寅) element by Yang Metal (申). This clash is not serious to the extent of causing grievous hurt or death as the clash is only indicated in the Day Pillar only.
The prediction is bizarre and accurate as the head is inflicted as in the advanced theory when Metal (申) threatened Wood (寅), it represents the head while Water element appearing on the year pillar (癸亥),1984 tends to generate Wood and Wood in turn generate Fire. Indeed on that unfortunate day Michael hair went up in flame and he was treated for minor burn.
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What is the Five Ghosts Transfer Wealth Technique?
In Feng Shui some of you may have heard of
it, "The Five Ghosts Transportation Wealth Technique" it's
actually a Feng Shui secret technique to enhance your wealth and
good fortune. Most Feng Shui practitioners know how to use these
theories to enhance their wealth.
In religious Taoism, we also have the "Five
Ghosts Transportation Wealth Technique" also called "Five
Ghosts moving treasure". It's a secret dharma from Taoist
lineage, it had the ability to make a practitioner very wealthy
by practicing this secret dharma. However to practice this
secret dharma there are several criteria that needs to be
fulfilled before anyone can practice it.
Firstly the date of birth of the practitioner
is evaluated to see if he has an affinity with the Five Ghosts,
there is an elaborate chart that we need to consult to determine
this. Only these with affinity with the Five Ghosts can practice
this secret dharma otherwise it will not work.
Next a set of rituals need to be perform,
practitioners need to follow all procedures and must have the
perseverance to practice it consistently for 49 days. If any of
the steps in the procedures are omitted you will need to restart
the entire rituals again. It may seems very tedious but the
rewards gained after the 49 days rituals is very lucrative and
What I am revealing to you now is a guarded
secret of most Taoist practitioners, which most are reluctant to
revealed it. However for the benefits of readers here I shall
make it an exception. As I get a lot of people writing to me
with this situation, and perhaps this applies to someone you
know. They're are constantly encountering a lot of problems in
life, which is usually a lack of money. That in turn will cause
them further problems and destroyed their mental peace.
In religious Taoism, as you are aware form
a part of China’s heritage and traditions incorporating
Buddhism, Confucianism, folk’s belief and Shamanism. Ancestor's
and Spirits worshipped are practice. This secret dharma actually
beseech the retinue of Five Ghosts to assist the practitioners
to gain enormous wealth and fortune. Practitioners well versed
in this art are mostly wealthy and successful. As the Five
Ghosts actually delivers wealth spiritually to the practitioners
and indirectly enhancing the chance of the practitioners in
gaining material wealth! This happens by enhancing the
practitioners luck and affinity with people around him. If the
practitioner is a merchant or business person he would be able
to generate more revenue with their help. And at times if he
were to gamble he would have a sudden windfall. The practitioner
will never run out of Cash! Whenever his cash is running out the
Five Ghosts will then deliver wealth to him.
It's quite unbelievable
especially to most skeptics, but I had personally know an
acquaintance practicing this dharma and I can attest that he's
filthy rich! He just seems to have the Midas touch, whatever he
invest he would make good returns while others will lose. Most
people will start looking for a cure using some alternative
means i.e. feng Shui, astrology, numerology and some spiritual
means that will somehow miraculously solve their financial
Whether the problem anyone experiences in
life is due to actions performed in THIS life or from a Past
life, the point is that the troubles are YOUR karma and you have
to solve them or work through them. At times no matter whatever
means you try be it spiritual, etc...nothing can change them and
you must simply bear them as long as is necessary until the time
changes and they transform themselves. A life free of problems,
troubles, difficulties or challenges is impossible. So it all
comes down to KARMA. This is the reason why I always ask people
to perform meritorious deeds no matter how small, when
accumulated it would be a great field of blessings.
NOTE: Before I start
let me clarify that viewers discretion is advice as some people
may find it disturbing, if you do please leave my website
immediately. I had deliberately omitted some of the procedures,
mantra's and mudra's. For these interested it's all
covered in my book, THE SECRET TO THE MYSTERIOUS WORLD OF TAOIST
MAGIC, ISBN 983-3206-02-6 available
SOON on the www.taoistsecret.com website.
Ghosts originally are spirits from the Five directions each
representing the five elements namely; North (Water element),
South (Fire element), East (Wood element), Center (Earth
element), West (Metal element). Some practitioners even claimed
that the Five Ghosts are the denizen of Hades. On another
account some practitioners claimed that the Five Ghosts are not
human souls, they are the souls of five types of animal i.e.
cow, goat, pig, dog and donkey. They claimed the so-called Five
Ghosts moving treasure is actually using the spirits of five
types of animal to move the treasure. I'll show you some
essential Talismans that are needed to be used to practice the
Five Ghost Transfer Wealth Technique.
The Five Talismans which are used during the rituals to practice
the Five Ghosts Transfer Wealth
The Five Ghosts Paper effigy which is drawn and then placed on
altar for worship
The Five Ghosts Altar
The Talisman below enables the
Five Ghosts to locate the Practitioners Home and transfer Wealth
altar is set up as in the illustration above the Five Ghosts are
drawn on a piece of white paper and then placed on the altar on
five bowl of uncooked rice as in the arrangement above. The
practitioner then cut some finger nails (male left hand & female
right hand); place it in the 5 bowl of rice directly on top.
Some hairs from the practitioner head is also place into the
five bowl of rice. And lastly the practitioner needs to write
his date of birth and hour of birth on 5 small piece of red
paper. Each paper is then placed into the 5 bowl of uncooked
Meats are to be offered daily at night after
11.00pm consists of duck, chicken, pork, fish and wine. A pair
of white candle is only lighted when the offering are made.
Prepare a set of Joss paper that consists of the gold ingots and
silver ingots. Light 5 incense and place it into an incense
censer. Make sure the incense censer had one piece of the
talisman stuck there, this is to control or protect the altar.
Next form the mudra and chant the mantra, state your wish and
then burn the sets of joss paper. Finally pour the 5 cup of wine
on top of the burned remains of the joss paper. You have then
completed the rituals, need to consistently practice it for 49
And on the last day of the 49th night put all
the 5 paper effigy into a basin together with the joss paper,
take out your finger nails, hairs and the paper with your date
of birth and time. Then burn everything together. Once you have
done this the 5 Ghosts would be able to assists you for the rest
of your life, as they are now merged or attached to you.
And lastly write your name, date of birth,
time of birth and address on the talisman above, then stick this
talisman above your main entrance. This would enable the Five
Ghosts to identify your home and then consistently transfer
wealth to you.
Remember to offer the set of Joss paper every
month on the 2nd day and the 16th day of the Chinese lunar
calendar. This is the Five Ghosts Payroll day! This will keep
them working for you!
For these interested
it's all covered in my book, THE SECRET TO THE MYSTERIOUS
WORLD OF TAOIST MAGIC, ISBN 983-3206-02-6
available SOON on www.taoistsecret.com website.
FIVE GHOSTS TRANSFER WEALTH PRACTICES, ISBN 983-3206-11-5
by Wilson Yong now
available in PDF format. Printable version.
The Taoist Dharma of Opening the Third Eye to see
In the past I had received a lot of emails and
enquiries asking me if there is a possibility of seeing ghosts.
I do occasionally hear a lot weird or unheard of practice that
is used to see ghost, some of these are wittingly humorous. As
Putting animal tears into their eyes. As they believed dogs could
see ghosts! Please refrain from doing this its unhygienic and you
may get your eye infected instead.
Placing a pail of soil above your head while you catch a glimpse
to see them.
Using a chop stick to hit a bowl during the night at a deserted
alley, believed that it would attract hungry ghost. And if you are
lucky enough you may see them.
Playing hides and seeks during the night, and hopefully you will
bump into some unexpected guest that may have joined you instead.
Playing with the Ouija board at night and hopefully or
deliberately some player might slip their hand from the board to
release any spiritual entity.
Cruising haunted house, or places which are well known to have
Visiting places where a suicide was committed or a venue where,
there are a history of unnatural death.
Why would any sane person do these? Either you
are curious or you really have the guts!
In Taoism there is actually a secret dharma to
open your third eye to enable you to see ghosts. However be warned
that once it’s open there is no way you can closed it back later.
This secret dharma is used by Taoist
practitioner to see these entity, so that they can render help to
deliver them from sufferings or used widely to see if any attached
entity is clinging to anyone.
We usually draw a special talisman that are
burned and place into a bowl of water, next a mantra is
recited and the water are drunk and a small amount is applied on
the eye. Once this is done your vision would get a bit
blur then gradually you will then see these entity.
This is not to be used casually as it’s actually
very risky especially these whom are frightened of ghosts you may
end up having psychological problems if you can’t accept them.
The above is the talisman used to open the third
For these interested
the full detail's are all covered in my book, THE SECRET TO
THE MYSTERIOUS WORLD OF TAOIST MAGIC, ISBN
983-3206-02-6 available SOON on www.taoistsecret.com
Taoist Magic used to win in Gambling?
makes a destitute a rich man all of a sudden without any toll and
in the next moment reduces a rich man to a destitute. Gambling is
a double edge sword it works both ways.
Gambling sows the seeds of
disputes and quarrels among the gamblers which ultimately assume
the shape of enmity and hatred among them. I do not advocate or
condone any form of gambling. Can Taoist Magic be used to win in
gambling? Yes, in fact there are few secret dharma that are used
by compulsive gamblers to win. I will now exposed one of the
following by just using a special talismans that invoked the Five
Ghosts. The talisman is drawn on a white piece of paper, with
cinnabar (a mercury substances) in red. Then the five ghost is
invoked to empower the talisman.
talisman is then folded into a rectangular and then place in the
upper left pocket on his shirt. He needs only mentally recite,
"Five ghost, Five Ghost, help me win!". When gambling he need to
place his left hand on his shirt pocket touching the talisman. He can only use it for three
times, after that he will have to stop gambling. As the talisman
will lose its potency after winning for three times in a row.
Although this type of
practice is unorthodox and inappropriate a lot of gamblers do use
it. So the next time if you gamble and see anyone holding his hand
on his shirt pocket beware as he's actually using this secret
An exposed of Taoist
Magic used for Gambling is covered in my book, THE SECRET
TO THE MYSTERIOUS WORLD OF TAOIST MAGIC, ISBN
983-3206-02-6 available SOON on www.taoistsecret.com
The Hungry Ghosts Festival
The seventh month of the Chinese
lunar month holds an important festival for the Taoist and
Buddhist communities; deliverance of spirits or ghosts. It is
believed during this month the gates of hades are open for a month
to enable these spirits and ghosts to seek salvations.
This practice was originally a religious ceremony back then for
Buddhist called Ullambana or Yu Lan festival but later took on
culturally Chinese overtones. In the
Ullambana Sutra, there is a well descriptive account of a
well-to-do merchant who eventually gives up his trade to become a
Buddhist monk. He became one of the Buddha's chief disciples. His
Mahāmaudgalyāyana. (Ch. 目連,
Mulian, Pāli Mahāmoggallāna)
Celebrated on the 15th
day of the 7th lunar month. Buddhist would hold
ceremonies to commemorate their loved ones and ancestors due to
filial piety and it became popular in most Chinese regions.
Mahāmaudgalyāyana Saves His
Mother From Hell
After he attained the position of
arhat, he thought of his
father and mother, and wonders what happens to them. With his
clairvoyant power he saw his father in heaven.
However, his mother was reborn in a lower realm, known as the
Hungry Ghosts. His
mother took on the form of a hungry ghost---it could not eat
because its throat was very thin (just like a tiny hole made with
a needle) and no food could pass through, yet it was always hungry
because it had a huge belly. His mother was attached with the
money he left her. He had instructed her to kindly host any
Buddhist monks that ever came her way, but instead she withheld
her kindness and her money. It was for this reason she was reborn
in the realm of hungry ghosts.
Mahāmaudgalyāyana eventually saves her from this plight by
entreating the help of the Buddha. This is how the relevance of
the Ghost Festival and
The Buddha established a day after the traditional summer retreat
(the fifteenth day of the seventh month in the lunar
calendar--usually mid-to-late August) as a day of prayer and
offering in which monks can pray and make sacrifices on behalf of
dead ancestors or hungry ghosts. The family members of the
deceased essentially pay for this service, by setting up memorial
plaques with the names of the deceased and thus their patronage is
a form of charity. The deceased ancestors are pacified and hungry
ghosts can eat (the sacrificial foods) after an elaborate ritual
The story ends with this festival and the rescue of his mother
from hell. She ended up being reborn as a dog, but as a pet in a
Today, the exact same ritual that the Buddha asked for
Mahāmaudgalyāyana to do is well practiced in many parts of Asia.
The day of offering foods or alms to monks is called "Sangha Day",
celebrated in many Buddhist temples. It marks the first day of the
Lord Buddha then expounded the
China followed the custom since
the Liang Dynasty (502-557 A.D.) and it was evolved into the
present Zhongyuan Festival. In addition to the fast provided for
the monks, the present festival has special sacrificial
When the festival sets in, a sacrificial altar and a raised
platform are built for the Buddhist or Taoist priest either at
street entrances or in front of villages. A paper effigy of the
statue of the Ghost King is placed at the altar together with our
hades deities i.e. the Ox head and Horse head general, the White
and Black official. Together with a paper replica of a fleet of
ship and a horse.
Why is the Ghost King paper effigy invoked? He's there to control
these ghosts or spirits. Imagine unlimited numbers of starving
refugees storming in to get hold of a morsel of food. Wouldn't
that be chaotic? He is there to maintain order and ensure every
souls get a share of the foods and offerings. People believed that
by offering prayers to the Ghost King they are protected from any
harm, accidents, spirits or ghosts and mishaps throughout the
The paper effigy of the Ghost
King and his retinue of officials from Hades
are placed for the Ghost King and his officials. Includes gambling
An effigy of a
paper ship as a mean of transport to the spiritual realms
A paper horse
effigy a representation of the Horse Spirits
elegantly laid out arranged like a huge mountain
More foods are
being offered on the altar
Under the platform are plates of flour made replica peaches and
other foods. On the sacrificial altar are spirit tablets and
banners. After noon, pigs, sheep, chicken, geese and cakes, fruits
of all kinds donated by households are displayed on the altar.
When the rite gets started in solemn music, the priest will strike
the bell to invoke the souls, other priests singing chimes of
incantations. Then he will throw the rice and peaches into the air
in all directions to distribute them to the souls.
tablets set up for the deceased
night, incense is burnt in front of the door of each household.
The more incense, the better, for the amount of incense stands for
the degree of prosperity. In some places, people flow water
lanterns. Such lanterns are made by setting a lotus flower-shaped
lantern on a piece of board. According to the Chinese tradition,
the lanterns are used to direct the ghosts. Ghosts find their way
back when the lanterns are out. On the festival, all shops are
closed to leave the street to the ghosts. In the middle of each
street, offerings of incense are placed with fresh fruits and
The festivals ends on the completion of the rituals of offering
foods to the Hungry ghosts or spirits and merits are dedicated to
them to alleviate their sufferings. The effigy of the Ghost King
together with his retinue of officials are gather together with
joss paper and burned during midnight to send them back to hades.
The effigy of
the paper Ghost King relocated to an open ground
ignited to sent the Ghost King back to Hades
to burn fiercely
of the Ghost King
It’s a lively festivals that most people looks forward to
especially the Chinese communities as this are the best time the
can get together with friends and relatives strengthening their
relationships by organizing this event. As a lot of support and
coordination are needed to organize this event once a year. An
exquisite dinner is held after the events for the committee
Well wishers are donating money to support this event by
auctioning products which are auspicious to get donations from the
public. Funds are gathered to pay priests to conducts prayers,
buying offerings of food, josspaper, paper effigy of Ghost Kings
and his retinue of officials and lastly to pay for the stage
performance by entertainers. In the past Chinese operas are staged
during this event however nowadays due to the escalating cost
involved in hiring Chinese operas troupe it had now being replaced
by singers belting modern songs.
interesting event in asia that are not to be missed.
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To be continued...