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Sunday, September 6, 2020

Hungry Ghosts

Oh, oh, it's that time of the year again when the gates of hell are open and  ravenous ghosts are released to wander the earth!

In case you are wondering what the heck I am talking about, you can read about the festival here.

During this period, offerings of candles, joss sticks, food and drinks to fete the wandering spirits are seen on roadsides.

Throughout the entire Ghost Month, several superstitions and beliefs are observed and wandering out after dark (more so when you are alone) is totally taboo, lest you bump into one of  'them' !

Interestingly, I noticed that starving stray dogs do not go near these food offerings in the month of the Hungry Ghost Festival —  they would rather scavenge the trash bins nearby!

You reckon they see something we humans can't see??

33 comments:

betty said...

Dogs are perceptive so it wouldn't surprise me if they avoid this food and scavenge for their own!

betty

italiafinlandia said...

Hope you enjoy the festival, Veronica !:)

Sandee said...

I'll feed them because I don't want to be eaten by them.

Have a fabulous day and week, Veronica. ♥

NCSue said...

I'm not a fan of spooky things, but we do have a trail cam and have been treating the neighborhood foxes, raccoons, and deer to get a peek at the local wildlife.
Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2020/09/tufted-titmouse.html

The Padre said...

YES - You Rock

Cheers

Phil Slade said...

I'm not a believer in non-terrestrial beings but I guess it's a fun festival for everyone.

Birgitta said...

So nice!

Junieper/Jesh said...

That's funny that the dogs don't go near. Guess they sense the wrath of their owners if they would, lol. Every culture has own their beliefs about the spirit world. In not too long I share mine:) Many thanks for sharing them with All Seasons Referring to your comment two weeks ago, it's nice to be missed! Have a lovely week, Jesh

stevebethere said...

I think they can detect a dangerous sausage when they see one LOL

Loks nice from here ⋌༼ •̀ ⌂ •́ ༽⋋

Have a spiritualtastic safe week Veronica 😷😷😷

Lydia C. Lee said...

That is really interesting the dogs don't eat them...(queue the spooky music)

Zinaida Strinu said...

There is also in Romania, in fact for all Orthodox Christians, such a custom: the Day of the Dead, November 1.
Then candles are lit and offerings are made from boiled rice with vegetables and roast meat, rolls, wine and boiled wheat with nuts, sugar and vanilla.

Have a great day, Veronica!

Tom said...

...now this a new and interesting thing for me.

Unknown said...

Dear Vero,

I remember the Hungry Ghost festival from Singapore. I have a note somewhere tucked in Facebook where I also wrote about it. (will email it to you)

I found the concept fascinating. It's a bit like what Filippinos do post Halloween and so do Indian's but they call it the ancestral prayer festival or something - Pitr Paksh.

So good to see the offering and it gives me goosebumps thinking how the strays won't be seen near the offerings.

Happy Weds my friend <3

magiceye said...

We have this month now too called 'Pitrupaksh' (forefathers' month) and we leave food for the birds in the afternoon and the crows diligently come and clean up every bit laid out.

NanaHood said...

Thanks for sharing! Have a great week and watch out for ghosts!

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Suzana said...

Thank you for sharing these details. I can not imagine a festival of ghosts! In every culture there is something related with death or dead people.One month festival is quite something!
Happy WW and have a fabulous Autumn!

~ Dixie @ Arranged Words said...

Oooo watch out for the wanderers.
Enjoy the festival.

Stef Rof said...

People are the greatest good or evil spirits. I believe in spirits, the past and death no longer exist. I only wish you well, Vero !!!

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

The dogs must know something to not touch the food.
My Wordless Wednesday is here:
https://allatseawithme.blogspot.com/2020/09/wordless-wednesday-hawaii.html

betty-NZ said...

What an interesting festival. I think maybe the dogs prefer their familiar places to eat?!

How great to see you at 'My Corner of the World' this week!! Thanks for linking.

aspiritofsimplicity said...

Hmmm....very interesting about the dogs. They know more than we think they do.

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

fascinating history!

Pr@Gun said...

Interesting post.

likeschocolate said...

Gorgeous picnic! WOW! Have a great weekend!

Amy said...

Dogs and other animals are always extremely sensitive, the jack russell I use to have use to sense things occasionally.

Kirsi schreibt said...

This Festival is so exotic and interesting ... In Germany wie dont have such Days for hungry Ghosts.
Greetings and have fun with "your Ghosts"
Kirsi

Mellie said...

How interesting that the dogs leave everything alone! Maybe they just sense it isn't there for them.

Monika Ohson | TravelerInMe said...

Wow! Party for the departed ..... spooky fun. I just read your post about it. Do you also lay such spreads? Is the photo in the post your offerings?

It's interesting to know about different cultures and their festivals & beliefs. I guess praying for the dead is part of all cultures .... its just that the rituals and approach may vary.

Dogs have this sixth sense with which they can see spirits.

Thanks for sharing this.

diane b said...

That sure is a strange and spooky festival.

Heidi R. said...

Dogs have a keen sense of danger, something may be wrong around the offerings?

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I really enjoy learning about things like this!

dee Nambiar said...

Whoa! The dogs don't go near the food?!
Oooh! :)
So interesting. :)