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Real Hungry Ghost Month Taboos And Ghost Photos

Lee Rault sends us this photo of what she says is a photo of a Hungry Ghost. This she says is her Grandfather's ghosts taken during Hungry Ghost Month August 5, 2008

Lee Rault sends us this photo of what she says is a photo of a Hungry Ghost. This she says is her long dead maternal Grandfather's ghosts taken during Hungry Ghost Month August 5, 2008

Wed Aug 13, 5:53 AM ET

BEIXIAOYING TOWN, China - Three Chinese were critically injured Wednesday in an accident involving a bus from the athletes' village and a van on the way to the Olympic rowing park, the Australian Olympic Committee said. The accident happened near the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park. Could it be the curse of Hungry Ghosts?

By Chase Mason

According to tradition, the Hungry Ghost Month - which began August 1 in the western calendar - sees the gates of the underworld open, allowing real Spooks, specters and real ghosts to enter the world of mortals. At the end of the month, tradition holds the ghosts return to the underworld and the gates are slammed shut. One old tradition still observed in New Orleans today was to search for Secret Voodoo Cemetery Gates Of Guinee, They are said to be found more frequently in the month of August then any other.

For all of us in the know the seventh-lunar-month Hungry Ghost Festival is a real time to hunt and communicate with the dead openly. An array of foods being offered to the deceased this is done mostly in this calendar month. Except in New Orleans when it is also practiced on November 1st and 2nd.

If you want to take as many photos of ghosts this is the month to do it. Many paranormal People around the world claim the month of August as the most haunted Dangerous month of the year. More people die in August then any other or so it is believed. Why You might ask? Because it is Hungry ghost Month and if you break the rules and many Taboo's you are truly doomed!

Don't Look For The Secret Voodoo Cemetery Gates Of Guinee... They Might Find You!

Some say All Seven Gates of Hell located in Rome, New Jersey, Central Africa, New York, Stull, Kansas, Paris, France or in even on the land of Voodoo, New Orleans.

Some say All Seven Gates of Hell located in Rome, New Jersey, Central Africa, New York, Stull, Kansas, Paris, France or in even on the land of Voodoo, New Orleans. To think of the gate or actually try to find out where the dead enter into this world it is the biggest Taboo for Hungry Ghost Month. If you follow the dead back to the gate at the end of the month you will surely live in the land of the dead alive for eternity.

At least that's what Voodoo Queen Bianca tells me. "The Gates to the underworld are very real States Bianca, " They are the portal to the great dark world of beyond." Some call them the Gates of Guinea, or the Door To The Damned." Says Bianca.

Bianca The current Voodoo Queen Of New Orleans is the highest ranking Voodoo Officiate in the haunted city. She has sat on her voodoo throne for over 28 years. Bianca tells of how as a young girl of 15 she found the gates to the other side. Many voodoos say it is one of the seven gates to hell. Please also see: The 7 Gates of Hell "ABANDON ALL HOPE YE WHO ENTER HERE"

The exact location of the haunted cemetery gates isn't really ever told to outsiders of the Secret Societies. New Orleans Tour Guides and Haunted Cemetery or ghost tours will skirt around the issue, or just look at you like they don't know what your talking about, so never mention it (seriously). They say just to talk about the accursed cemetery gates spells doom to those that ask or search for it or speak of it openly to anyone.

Many believe that the gates to the other world or portal is actually a large white mausoleum. Once upon entering it you will be forever trapped in the unholy world of the voodoo spirits and the dead. Those who know ... feel it is inviting them , "The Ghede" to take you away. Only someone pure of heart with only one burning question to be answered by the dead is ever told the whole truth. If you are so unlucky to cross the threshold of these gates legend tells, then you are taken alive to the otherworld forever trapped but you do not die you become immortal. You then become one of the truly undead! Many say this is what happened to Marie Laveau I, Sanite Dede, Dr. John and many notable Voodoo leaders that just simply disappeared off of the face of the earth. (They passed unseen to the other side whole in body and mind to live immortal.)

A unnamed New Orleans Voodoo priestess says quite bluntly, search and you shall find them rusted shut, or worse they will certainly find you and be wide and opened. Its primary goal is to both enlighten and bridge the worlds of the dead and the living, considered the most sacred and the profane. The gates she says are sometimes those to a large Mausoleum that you enter. Inside you will see stairs leading up and down. No one who has gone and further then that has ever come back to tell what is above or below on the other side. Marie Laveau the first is the only person who is said to be able to cross over back and forth between the two world because she was so powerfully a Voodoo Queen. But she is only allowed to be in our world on 5 or 6 days of the year. Those days being -- Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Fat Tuesday, Carnival or New Orleans Mardi Gras day, All Saints' Day, or All Souls' Day, St. Johns Eve and her birthday.

"Real Voodoo Immortality has it's price." " You never die but you are no longer in the world of the living." Says Reese Smith. "To find the voodoo gates for eternal life one needs only to listen." "Inside or behind the gates there can be heard a strange sound, the rhythmic deep beat drums beckoning you to come to the threshold of a large old mausoleum."

Well known psychic Willian Reese Smith Knocks on a Mausoleum door. Could be this is the Secret Voodoo Cemetery Gates Of Guinee? Smith believes that the gates to the otherside are in no one set location and may shift from cemetery to cemetery.

Well known psychic William Reese Smith Knocks on a Mausoleum door. Could be this is the Secret Voodoo Cemetery Gates Of Guinee? Smith believes that the gates to the other side are in no one set location and may shift from cemetery to cemetery. Also see: Voodoo Cemetery Gates Of Guinee

This Ghost Photo was sent to us from Megan Garner from her recent Ghost hunting trip to New Orleans. Gainer a Avid Nicholas Cage Fan and Lalaurie Ghost Haunted House buff says she thinks she can see more then just clouds in this photo . She believes it is Delphine Lalaries Ghost walking the haunted house's Catwalk. Photo taken August 11th, 2008.

This Ghost Photo was sent to us from Megan Garner from her recent Ghost hunting trip to New Orleans. Gainer a Avid Nicholas Cage Fan and Lalaurie Ghost Haunted House buff says she thinks she can see more then just clouds in this photo . She believes it is Delphine Lalaries Ghost walking the haunted house's Catwalk. Photo taken August 11th, 2008.

Ghost Photos Happen More in the month Of August And that is the truth. "Ghost Tours across the United States and the world have sent us more ghost photos then any other time in 2006 -2007. " Says Karen Beals secretary for HauntedAmericaTours.com. "I get more emails from people who want a serious response right away then any other month."

Gina Lanier Paranormal Investigator from Harvey, Louisiana states. " Ghost like people seem to get very active in the months of June - December." " But in my observations I think August is the best time to experience seeing and getting evidence that ghost are real." " I suggest if your a ghost hunter of any ilk try ghost hunting on Ghost Tours or even your own home in August."

Also on a perstenage Lanier believes that more Seances go on because more kids or off of school and bored and their minds turn to ghosts and paranormal conjuring up of the dead."

Real Hungry Ghost Month Taboos!

The Ghost Festival is a traditional Chinese festival and holiday, which is celebrated by Chinese in many countries. In the Chinese calendar (a lunisolar calendar), the Ghost Festival is on the 15th night of the seventh lunar month.

In Chinese tradition, the thirteenth day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar is called Ghost Day and the seventh month in general is regarded as the Ghost Month , in which ghosts and spirits, including those of the deceased ancestors, come out from the lower realm. During the Qingming Festival the living descendants pay homage to their ancestors and on Ghost Day, the deceased visit the living.

On the thirteenth day the three realms of Heaven, Hell and the realm of the living are open and both Taoists and Buddhists would perform rituals to transmute and absolve the sufferings of the deceased. Intrinsic to the Ghost Month is ancestor worship, where traditionally the filial piety of descendants extends to their ancestors even after their deaths. Activities during the month would include preparing ritualistic food offerings, burning incense, and burning joss paper, a papier-mache form of material items such as clothes, gold and other fine goods for the visiting spirits of the ancestors. Elaborate meals would be served with empty seats for each of the deceased in the family treating the deceased as if they are still living. Ancestor worship is what distinguishes Qingming Festival from Ghost Festival because the former includes paying respects to all deceased, including the same and younger generations, while the latter only includes older generations. Other festivities may include, burying and releasing miniature paper boats and lanterns on water, which signifies giving directions to the lost ghosts and spirits of the ancestors and other deities.

The Ghost Festival shares some similarities with the predominantly Mexican observance of El Día de los Muertos. Due to theme of ghosts and spirits, the festival is sometimes also known as the Chinese Halloween, though many have debated the difference between the two.

Most interested in the beliefs and taboos that many awful bad things may and can happen to people who give birth, renovate their homes, take trips, go swimming, buy real estate or get a haircut during the most cursed month of the year.

Never look into a mirror this month of the year during the hours of 8:Pm to 8:am. Do not where borrowed clothes, or those items that belonged to the deceased in any way. They say they will come and claim you. Avoid looking into water that the moon reflects upon. if you see the moons reflection your first born child will be struck down.

To Buddhists, the seventh lunar month is a month of joy. This is because the fifteenth day of the seventh month is often known as the Buddha's joyful day and the day of rejoice for monks. The origins of the Buddha's joyful day can be found in various scriptures. When the Buddha was alive, his disciples meditated in the forests of India during the rainy season of summer. Three months later, on the fifteen day of the seventh month, they would emerge from the forests to celebrate the completion of their meditation and report their progress to the Buddha. In the Ullambana Sutra, the Buddha instructs his disciple Maudgalyayana on how to obtain liberation for his mother, who had been reborn into a lower realm, by making food offerings to the sangha on the fifteenth day of the seventh month. Because the number of monks who attained enlightenment during that period was high, the Buddha was very pleased.

The Buddhist origins of the festival can be traced back to a story that originally came from India, but later took on culturally Chinese overtones. In the Ullambana Sutra, there is a descriptive account of a Buddhist monk named Mahamaudgalyayana, originally a brahmin youth who later ordained, and later becoming one of the Buddha's chief disciples. Mahamaudgalyayana was also known for having clairvoyant powers, an uncommon trait amongst monks.

After he attained arhatship, he began to think deeply of his parents, and wondered what happened to them. He used his clairvoyance to see where they were reborn and found his father in the heavenly realms i.e the realm of the gods. However, his mother had been reborn in a lower realm, known as the Realm of Hungry Ghosts. His mother took on the form of a hungry ghost--- so called because it could not eat due to its highly thin & fragile throat in which no food could pass through, yet it was always hungry because it had a fat belly. His mother had been greedy 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.

Mahamaudgalyayana eased his mother's suffering by receiving the instructions of feeding pretas from the Buddha. The Buddha instructed Mahamaudgalyayana to place pieces of food on a clean plate, reciting a mantra seven times, snap his fingers then tip the food on clean ground. By doing so, the preta's hunger was relieved and through these merits, his mother was reborn as a dog under the care of a noble family.

Mahamaudgalyayana also sought the Buddha's advice to help his mother gain a human birth. The Buddha established a day after the traditional summer retreat (the 15th day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar, usually mid-to-late August) on which Mahamaudgalyayana was to offer food and robes to 500 bhikkhus. Through the merits created, Mahamaudgalyayana's mother finally gained a human birth.

Due to Confucian influence, the offering became directed towards ancestors rather than the Sangha and ancestor worship has replaced the simple ritual of relieving the hunger of pretas. However, most Buddhist temples still continue the ancient practice of donating to the Sangha as well as to perform rituals for the hungry ghosts.

Chinese Buddhists often say that there is a difference between Ullambana and the traditional Chinese Zhongyuan Jie, usually saying people have mixed superstitions (such as burning joss paper items) and delusional thoughts, rather than think that Ullambana is actually a time of happiness.

O-bon, or simply Bon, is the Japanese version of the Ghost Festival. It has since been transformed over time into a family reunion holiday during which people from the big cities return to their home towns and visit and clean their ancestors' graves.

Traditionally including a dance festival, it has existed in Japan for more than 500 years. It is held from 13th of July to the 16th ("Welcoming Obon" and "Farewell Obon" respectively) in the eastern part of Japan (Kanto), and in August in the western part (Kansai).

This reported real photo is aid to be of a mans Father's very Hungry Ghosts. The photo was taken August 2005 in Chinatown New York. The face of this Hungry Ghost was said to be seen clearly on the ceiling of a restaurant. Photo sent to us by Brad Chen.


This festival is the chance for pardoning guilty ghosts which are homeless and not be taken care of. People worship ghosts and liberate animals, such as birds or fish.

Influenced by Buddhism, this holiday is also the Vu Lan festival, the Vietnamese transliteration for Ullambana. The festival is also considered Mother's Day. People with living mothers would be thankful, while people with dead mothers would pray for their souls. Though also the city of New Orleans with it's population of Vietnamese has also incorporated this into it's Hoodoo Voodoo Traditions.

Ghost Festival in Malaysia is modernized by the 'concert-like' live performing, it has its own characteristic and is not similar to other Ghost Festivals in other countries. The live show is popularly known as 'Koh-tai' by the Hokkien-speaking peoples, it was performed by a group of singers, dancers and entertainers, on a temporary stage that setup within the residential district. The festival is funded by the residents of each individual residential districts. All this is performed in front of several empty red seats reserved just for the dead. And do not sit in the chair for you will be cursed for life and haunted.

Hungry Ghost Month Practices And World Taboo's

In New Orleans: Always set up a special table in your house to seat the dead. Feed them specially prepared dishes of Red Beans and Rice each Monday of the month. The Recipe for Ghost Month Red Beans and rice differs from the norm.

The quintessential New Orleans dish for the dead:

Ingredients
4 1/3 cups water, divided
1 1/2 cups brown basmati rice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup diced onion
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 15-ounce cans red kidney beans or pink beans, rinsed
6 ounces sliced Canadian bacon, chopped
1/2 cup chopped celery plus 1 tablespoon finely chopped celery leaves
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
1/4-1 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper (see Note) or cayenne pepper
1 cup of read wine

A real Catholic blessed rosary cross or crucifix


Cooking Instructions
1. Combine Cross, and 3 1/3 cups water, rice and salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer; reduce heat to low, cover and cook until all the water has been absorbed, about 45 minutes.

2. About 10 minutes before the rice is ready, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until the onion is lightly colored and tender, about 3 minutes.

3. Place 1 cup beans in a small bowl and mash with a fork. Add the mashed and whole beans, the remaining 1 cup water, Canadian bacon, celery, celery leaves, bell pepper and ground chipotle (or cayenne) to the pan. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has thickened into a gravy and the vegetables are crisp-tender, about 6 minutes. Serve in shallow bowls, spooned over the rice.

Note: Chipotle peppers are dried, smoked jalapeno peppers. They are often used to add heat and a smoky flavor to foods. Ground chipotle can be found in the specialty spice section of most supermarkets.

This is not recommended to be eaten by the living. This is only for the dead. They say if you eat it you too will leave for the other world when the ghost leave at the end of the month. This should then be brought in a new pot to the cemetery on September first and left at your families graves.

The face of a man who was killed by this car. His ghost face can be seen in the windshield says Ghost hunter Jonathan Parks. This photo from Spokane, Washington taken on 08-08-08.

Other Hungry Ghost Month Taboos From around the World:

Never wash your clothes at night or your grand children will suffer there whole life's long.

Do not allow small pets into your bedroom at night to do so will make the ghosts that come to visit annoyed with you. (Some Pets warn of ghosts in homes) They the ghosts will often strike you with serious illness that will last one year to the day.

Do not under any circumstances comb or brush your hair with anything but your hands and fingers. To do this spells real trouble. The hungry ghosts are said to make men impotent and women sterile for 5 years if you do not follow this dire warning.

Only take a full bath on Wednesday of each week. Wipe your body down with a damp cold rag each night steeped in green tea and rose petals. If you do not heed this you will suffer from great headaches and loss of being able to speak for one year or more.

Do not bare your shoulder or bare arm except on Tuesdays of the month.

Do not get any tattoo's or piercing this month they will never heal and you may die from it.

Only wash your hair with clear water and vinegar the entire month. to not do this spells loss of control of your bowels for the rest of your life.

Do not wear perfume or deodorant.

Do not cry this month. Hold back your many tears. If a ghost see's you cry then it will take your soul or possess you. If a child cries though their s no effect if they are under the age of 10.

If anyone dies this month have them immediately cremated and do not morn them until December. Pretend it never happened or their soul will go to hell forever for your misdeed.

Do not put trash out of your house to be picked up the entire month . One should wait until the month is over to throw something out of your house. This spells disaster that your children will not find happy marriage or wealth.

If a young girl does not pray each night from 7:PM until 10:pm she will surly never conceive a child of her own.

Young Boys and all men up to the age of 50 should not masturbate the entire month. To do so means the hungry Ghost will curse you to never father a son.

 

 

 

Gina Lanier

Paranormal Investigator Gina Lanier

 

Gina Lanier has been a special featured guest many times on several paranormal programs that are nationwide on the radio and worldwide on the Internet. Lanier hunts ghosts or do they hunt her. Lanier has worked on many cases over the years from people who have strange encounters of the paranormal kind. Sex with ghosts haunted teddy bears, Dolls Lanier investigates the unknown.

Lanier welcomes your questions and will be glad to help you with your haunted encounters and problems. Please use the link below to visit her web site and learn more.

Often called the Ghost Hunter's, Ghost Hunter, Lanier strives to uncover the truth! Known to many as the Best and most knowledgeable ghost hunter in the field today, Lanier continues to explore many areas of the Paranormal that many others fear to tread.

Lanier's investigations have been the focus of many Paranormal Radio Shows and as a Paranormal consultant to those that seek her valuable advice and reasoning.

Lanier has in her own words; "Met with the devil eye to eye." And has had many personal paranormal encounters that would send the most salted Ghost Hunter packing. Her personal Stories of Ghosts and demons is enough to send a chill down anyone's spine.

Lanier is also considered to be the most accessible real paranormal investigator or ghost hunter in the world.

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