13 Taboos That Taiwanese People Believe Will Bring Ghost
Seriously. We avoid ghosts as shunning our exes.
Did you notice some tables served with fancy food, smoky incense and gold paper burning and flying around on the street last Tuesday?
Yup, that's an annual free buffet for our "bros and sis" on the Ghost Festival. Every July 15 in the traditional Chinese calendar, it is the time for families and companies to prepare ghosts an eating spree to show our respect.
As it's closer to the Ghost Gate closing time, you should know there are some beliefs in ghosts that deeply rooted in Taiwanese's mind.
1. Don't cut nails at night.
If cut nails at midnight, part of your spirit will also be dropped and scattered with your nails to-gether, and it may attract those bros and sis coming around.
2. Don't dry clothes at night.
Drying clothes at night gives ghosts a chance to wear your clothes and you may bring them back to your room.
3. Don't take pictures at night.
Shooting a photo at night means a higher possibility of catching some ghosts chilling at the corner on your picture.
4. Don't tap your friends on their shoulder!
It's believed that everyone has 3 torches on each side of their shoulders and head to protect us. If you tap your friend on the shoulder at night, you put out their fire and thus take away the protec-tion from the ghosts.
5. Don't call people's full name in a wild area at night (and don't look back if you hear someone's calling your name).
Letting a ghost to know your full name may not be a good idea as letting that narcissistic dude in the bar to get your number.
6. Don't go to the water.
It's dangerous to go on some water activities as our bros and sis being released for a month dur-ing the Ghost Festival. Some believe that the waster ghosts will be hanging out and looking for a substitute.
The taboos above are only limited to one month in the Ghost Month. Following are ta-boos that have been WIDELY believed by many all year round.
7. Don't whistle at night.
People believe that whistling at night is like the act of calling those bros and sis.
8. "Did you just write my name with a red pen?"
In ancient times, one's name would only be written in red when already died or about to be exe-cuted. So it's kind of cursing one's life if you accidentally pick the wrong pen.
9. Don't stand your chopsticks straight in the center of rice.
If you stick the chopsticks in a bowl of rice, you just make your food look like those being wor-shipped to the ghosts with an incense stick. (Remember the annual free buffet in the Ghost Month?)
10. Did you just open that umbrella in my room?
It is said that umbrella is a tool to catch ghosts. Opening an umbrella indoor may attract the spir-its to stay under the umbrella in the same space with you.
11. Don't point at the moon.
The moon will cut your ears.
12. DO NOT PICK UP THAT RED ENVELOPE!
Or you'll be forced to marry a ghost bride/groom
13. Don't enter a hotel room without knocking on the door first.
So that you can inform the spirits inside beforehand that you're gonna stay here for a while and thus they won't feel offended.
No matter you like to cut nails at night when watching Netflix, to dry those damn clothes at night because you're just a student living in the dorm, or really love whistling at night as much as I do, there is one thing that all of us should agree — we will not give up our night life for 1 months just because of these bros and sis.
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