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Tips to spot a Haunted House

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

Just imagine the sudden windfall you have when you just bought your dream home for an extraordinary price. Too good to be true? It probably is. Perhaps it was the influence of horror movies or books that always gives us the benefit of the doubt that when you buy a reasonably fantastic house for an unreasonably cheap price, its probably “occupied”. So how do we spot a haunted house? Here are some basic guidelines and tips to spot your future house and analyse if its a haunted house or not.

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Hungry Ghost Festival

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

Hungry Ghost Festival falls on the 7th moon, 15th day of the Chinese Lunar Calendar, making it on the 30th August for 2004, 19th August for 2005 not too sure about 2006 though but in 2007, the hungry ghost festival would fall on the coming 13th August. The build up to this festive date begins roughly a week before where Chinese Opera’s and Chinese Puppet Shows are put together for audiences, those living and the non-living alike, at temples and certain Chinese Associations for a week prior to the big day. These performances are more rampant in towns and villages that are more Chinese dominated like in Penang, Perak , Malacca etc.

Seats in the front row are often reserved for the ghosts whereas the living would happily occupy the back seats. Hungry Ghost festival is originated during the Buddhist fusion with Chinese filial virtue. With the introduction of Buddhism entering China, Buddhism was immediately faced with the opposition of Confucian’s filial virtue. Buddhism believed that one would have to leave one’s home and family in favour of chasity and begging (meaning one would have to leave all ancestral commitments). Confucianism, on the other hand, emphasizes on on filial virtue and the honouring of ancestors. To adapt to the country, Sanskrit sutras then included obedience to family and upholding family traditions which would be passed onto the male heir of the family.

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The meaning of Ghosts

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

The term “Ghost” gets everyone talking. Although not many believe in this, but there are a some that enjoy reading stories of them. Ever wonder what is the meaning of ghosts? Here’s some of the defination of the word “ghost”

The word “ghost” derives from Old English gast and means a disembodied spirit or soul. It is also the spirit of a dead person that is believed to appear in bodily likeness to the living person or to haunt former habitats. Ghost is also the center of spiritual life / soul, demon / spirit, a returning or haunting memory or image.

Ghosts are often associated with haunting, which, according to the Parapsychological Association, “the regular occurrence of paranormal phenomena is often associated with a particular locality (eg a building) and is usually attributed to the activities of a spiritual entity; the phenomena may include apparitions, poltergeist disturbances, cold drafts, sounds of steps and voices and odors.

Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost

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