The Sutra Chants of Xiao En’s Enlightenment Ceremony 2021

There are many sutras to recite from during the Hungry Ghost Festival – or Enlightenment Ceremony, the modernised name of the festival – each with a specific purpose, with the most common recitation being the Ullambana Sutra (also called Yulanpen Sutra), from which the festival originated from in Buddhist beliefs. However, this year on 22nd…

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Chinese Mythology: Da Shi Ye, The King of Hell

According to Taoist beliefs, when the Hungry Ghost Festival (also called Zhong Yuan) arrives at the beginning of the 7th month based on the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the gate of the hell opens and ghosts are released to roam in the human world for an entire month. During this period, it is common to see…

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Hungry Ghost Month: The Significance Of Food Offerings

Every year during the Hungry Ghost Festival – also called Enlightenment Ceremonies in Malaysia – the burning of joss paper money and display of food offerings are a common sight to behold. You may have been told that, according to Chinese folklore, burning joss paper money allows the deceased to receive money and material goods,…

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The Fusion of Origins in The Hungry Ghost Festival

It’s that time of year again (for those of Asian culture), where the pathways of the living and dead intersect in a burst of activities. The Hungry Ghost Festival is around the corner, arriving on 22nd August 2021 this year. Unlike the previous years where completing the ceremonial rituals are more active community-wise, Covid-19 would…

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