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Preparations for Hungry Ghost Month And Cures

The many real ways and cures to ward off Hungry Ghosts

La Porte de l'Enfer: the Gates of Hell open and the Hungry Dead Come forth!

The real Gates of Hell, Musée Rodin.

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Hungry Ghost Month draws near and the Gates of Hell Are drawn open! The dead return to exact their desires.

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The Wind horse is called Lung-ta in the Tibetan language. Lung means wind while ta refers to horse. Ancient Tibetans believed that Tibet's mountains, valleys, rivers and prairies were all protected by the Year God living in the heaven. The Year God often rode the Wind horse to inspect the wide area of Tibet and ward off ghosts and evils. In order to show their gratitude and respect, Tibetans offered steeds to the god on auspicious days.

Many today just wonder and search the internet for ways to rid your house home and self of real ghosts immediately if one should infest their lives. Many think just by addressing the powers in prayer and song, offering them gifts, ghosts will just leave.

But is this the truth?

There are many superstitions and taboos surrounding the Hungry Ghost Festival. Spirits are thought to be dangerous, and can take many forms, including snakes, moths, birds, foxes, wolves, and tigers. Some can even use the guise of a beautiful man or woman to seduce and possess. One story refers to a ghost who makes the form of a pretty girl and seduces a young man until a priest intervenes and sends the spirit back to hell. Possession can cause illness and/or mental disorders. During the 7th month children are advised (usually by an elder in the family) to be home before dark, and not to wander the streets at night for fear a ghost might possess them. Swimming is thought to be dangerous as well, as spirits are believed to have drowned people. People will generally avoid driving at night, for fear of a "collision", or spiritual offence, which is any event leading to illness or misfortune. While "ghosts" is a common term used throughout the year, many people take on the phrase "backdoor god" or "good brother" instead so as not to anger the gods. Another thing to avoid is sampling any of the food placed on the offering table, as doing this can result in "mysterious illness". Any person attending a show at an indoor entertainment venue (Getais) will notice the first row of chairs is left empty. These seats are reserved for the spirits, and it is considered bad form to sit in them. After an offering has been burnt to the spirits, stepping on or near the burnt area should be avoided, as it is considered an "opening" to the spirit world and touching it may cause the person to be possessed.

Excerpts of the following article was taken from the "Feng Shui World (July/August 2007)".

By Chase Mason

During the month of August the time of Hungry Ghost, it is more then a precaution to be extra careful when you are out at night time, one always taking extra care. Belief in real ghosts, demons and spirits has been deep-rooted in Japanese as well as many other forms of folklore also throughout history and other cultures. Even the Native american Indian and ancient Rome had a hard time dealing with the returning dead as it has been noted.

The Ghost Festival (simplified Chinese: 中元节; traditional Chinese: 中元節; pinyin: zhōngyuánjié) 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 fifteenth 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 (鬼月), 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 fifteenth 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 latter includes paying respects to all deceased, including the same and younger generations, while the former only includes older generations. Other festivities may include, buying 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.

Many Hungry Ghosts that effect the living are more easily felt than seen. We all are aware that many people are unable to see ghosts. Some believe it is because they believe such things do not exist. Others say that only sensitive and psychic individuals have such a gift. Real or not the feeling that something is wrong or evil persist effect many. But for many of us we need no proof that these hungry ghosts are at our door begging to gain entry. We those the lucky ones, have seen heard, and been touched by real paranormal phenomena in our lives and know the dead can and do haunt us as they return in the Month Of August. August around the world is when the dead seem to return in haunted hordes to scrutinize, correct and sometimes wreck our lives. If a family ghost does not like who we are married to or dating they will certainly break up your relationship. If they don't like how a family member is being they will teach them a hard lesson. And if you are a really bad person they will surely find the means to take you back to hell with them.

Hungry Ghosts are not the same as ghosts in Chinese tradition. Traditional belief is that people become ghosts when they die. It was originally thought that ghosts did not have eternal life, but would slowly weaken and eventually die a second time. Hungry ghosts in traditional thought would only be an issue in exceptional cases such a whole family was killed or when a family no longer appreciated their ancestors. With the rise of popularity in Buddhism the idea that souls would live in space until reincarnation became popular. In the Taoist tradition it is believed hungry ghosts can arise from people whose deaths have been violent or unhappy. Both Buddhism and Taoism share the idea that hungry ghosts can emerge from neglect or desertion of ancestors. According to the Hua-yen Sutra evil deeds will cause a soul to be born in different realms. There are six possible realms of existence for souls. The highest degree of evil deed will cause a soul to be born into a realm as a denizen of hell, the lower degree of that would cause a soul to be born as an animal, and the lowest degree would cause a soul to be born as a hungry ghost. Evil deeds that lead to becoming a hungry ghost would be killing, stealing and sexual misconduct. Desire, greed, anger and ignorance all have factors in causing a soul to be reborn as a hungry ghost because they are motives for people to perform evil deeds. The least serious of these will cause one to be have the destiny of becoming a hungry ghost.

There are many superstitions and taboos surrounding the Hungry Ghost Festival. Spirits are thought to be dangerous, and can take many forms, including snakes, moths, birds, foxes, wolves, and tigers. Some can even use the guise of a beautiful man or woman to seduce and possess. One story refers to a ghost who makes the form of a pretty girl and seduces a young man until a priest intervenes and sends the spirit back to hell. Possession can cause illness and/or mental disorders. During the 7th month children are advised (usually by an elder in the family) to be home before dark, and not to wander the streets at night for fear a ghost might possess them. Swimming is thought to be dangerous as well, as spirits are believed to have drowned people. People will generally avoid driving at night, for fear of a "collision", or spiritual offence, which is any event leading to illness or misfortune. While "ghosts" is a common term used throughout the year, many people take on the phrase "backdoor god" or "good brother" instead so as not to anger the gods. Another thing to avoid is sampling any of the food placed on the offering table, as doing this can result in "mysterious illness". Any person attending a show at an indoor entertainment venue (Getais) will notice the first row of chairs is left empty. These seats are reserved for the spirits, and it is considered bad form to sit in them. After an offering has been burnt to the spirits, stepping on or near the burnt area should be avoided, as it is considered an "opening" to the spirit world and touching it may cause the person to be possessed.

Ghosts of pets and animals that we have owned are said to return to us also. If a new animal or live pet is now living in your home and a ghost pet comes to visit and see's you have replaced them the new pet may day before the months end or run away.

Most earth-bound spirits are human beings who died violently in an accident, were murdered or committed suicide. Owing to sudden and tragic death, they are trapped and these souls seek help to be set free. Newly departed souls stay around for a while, sometimes for a few years, until they come to a stage where they are spiritually healed. Then they move on to a higher level.

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It is insane to actually brand all visiting hungry ghosts as bad or evil. Some Hungry ghosts just return to seek out their families and catch up on what has occurred since their untimely demise.

Hungry Ghosts are entities which previously were people. They were our family members at one time. Who, after their untimely death, did not resolve issues when they were alive, or had a stern take on how us their children should or should not live our lives. For Hungry Ghost to pass through to the other side of death's open gates to haunt us in the month of August is easy for them. For us who have to deal with them that is another story. And the long Dog days of a haunted summer or hear to haunt us forever. Possession by Hungry Ghosts can be the cause of very tragic and horrible haunted experiences.

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Forget exorcising real Demons. Hungry Ghosts are allot more evil then you think, Considering they know your family weakness's personally! And or the worst ghost that could ever infest, infect or take over a persons mind.

In Vasthu, when there are such sightings in a house, a Vasthu expert must be called in to clear the spirit. Home owners are advised not to attempt to rid the spirit on their own.

The first thing the expert will do is to visit the site on the start of a moon day and place jasmine flowers all around the house border. From ancient times, the powerful fragrance of jasmine has been known to ward off negative energy.

The consultant will collect four bottles of seawater and bury them in the four corners of the house. Following this, a cockerel is brought into the compound of the haunted house and set free to roam in the area for a day.

At midnight, the cockerel is slaughtered outside the main entrance of the house as an offering to the unsettled soul and to ask for it to leave to leave the premises. After this, the Sri Chakra yantra (mystical diagram) is buried at the doorway of the house.

It is believed that the soul contains elements of both yin and yang. The yin is the kui, or demon part, and the yang is the shen, or spirit part. When death occurs, the kui should return to earth, and the shen to the grave or family shrine. If a ghost is neglected, it will become a kui. The shen, or ancestral spirits watches over its decendents, and can bring fortune if properly worshipped. These also are of three kinds of hungry ghosts, who are named after specific body characteristics: needle-like hair, stinking hair, and wens. Some of them, when they are about to eat, experience their food turning into pus and blood. Some of them eat filthy sputa, saliva, urine, and feces or swallow filth as food. Hungry Ghosts are beings who suffer from constant hunger and thirst. Hungry ghosts are different from the ghosts of Chinese traditions, which all people become after death. According to the Buddha Dharma, there are three main groups of hungry ghosts: those with no wealth, those with a little and those with much. Those with wealth are broken into 3 groups: the torch or flaming mouths, in which food and drink become flames; the needle mouths, whose throats are so tiny that food cannot pass through; and the vile mouths, whose mouths are so decomposed and smelly that they cannot ingest anything. The ghosts with a little wealth are able to eat small amounts. These also are of three kinds, named after specific body characteristics: needle-like hair, stinking hari, and wens. Some of their food turns into pus and blood. Some of them eat filthy sputa, saliva, urine, and feces or swallow filth as food. The ghosts with great wealth are also of the three subgroups: the ghosts of sacrifices, who live off sacrifices offered by humans and are similar to spirits described in China; the ghosts of losses, who live off objects from the human world; and the ghosts of great powers, such as yaksas and raksasas, who are the powerful rulers of ghosts. The ghosts of sacrifices and losses sometimes suffer from hunger and thirst, whereas the ghosts of great powers have pleasures close to those of divine beings. Among hungry ghosts, however, most have little or no wealth and are extremely hungry. Hungry ghosts are said to either live in hell or in a region of hell itself. Unlike other hell dwellers, they can leave hell and wander. They look through garbage and human waste on the outskirts of human cities. They are said to be invisible during the daylight hours but visible at night. Some hungry ghosts can only eat corpses, or their food is burnt up in their mouths, sometimes they have a big belly and a neck as thin as a needle (this image is the basic one for hungry ghosts in Asian Buddhism).

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 Mahāmaudgalyāyana, originally a brahmin youth who later ordained, and later becoming one of the Buddha's chief disciples. Mahāmaudgalyāyana 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 (preta) – 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.

Mahāmaudgalyāyana eased his mother's suffering by receiving the instructions of feeding pretas from the Buddha. The Buddha instructed Mahāmaudgalyāyana 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.

Mahāmaudgalyāyana 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 Mahāmaudgalyāyana was to offer food and robes to 500 bhikkhus. Through the merits created, Mahāmaudgalyāyana'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.

Ghosts (Yurei) If the soul of the dead is not purified, it can return to the land of the living in the guise of a ghost. Also, if a dead person is not delivered, through prayer, from personal emotions such as jealousy, envy or anger, the spirit can return in a ghostly guise. The ghost haunts the place where it lived and persecutes those responsible for his or her bitter fate. The ghost will remain until released from its suffering through the good offices of a living person who prays that the soul of the dead may ascend.

During the Heian era (794-1185) it was believed that ghostly spirits floated above the living causing disease, plague and hunger. In the Kamakura era (1185-1333) a belief was reinforced that spirits turned into small animals, such as raccoons and foxes, that led people astray. Household objects, when a hundred years old, could become deities in the Muromachi period (1336-1573). These venerable objects were thought to possess special powers and were treated with care and respect. And in the Momoyama (1573-1600) and the Edo periods (1603-1868) there was a belief that if a man died of disease or in an epidemic, he turned into a monstrous demon.

The despotic feudal regime which prevailed during the Edo period, combined with natural disasters that occurred at that time, added to the lore of evil and vengeful spirits and ghosts. At the close of the Edo era, edicts were passed forbidding the display of theatrical performances with the theme of frightening ghostly spirits, for fear of undermining the government.

Most creatures in stories of unfortunate spirits were women. They were vengeful ghosts, and the greater the misery endured by the woman during her lifetime, the more threatening her ghostly spirits would be after her death. Cruelty to women is a recurring theme in Japanese lore and legend.

According to Voodoo Culture in the Southern United States. In the hot month of August or towards the time of year. This is when hungry ghosts and Zombies are released from The Gates of Guinee “hell” to roam freely. they or not like the Ghede of Halloween and All Saint's Day. These lost souls and strange entities are ghost of our dearly departed.They by returning can cause great misfortune to those whose chi energy is depleted or whose luck is low. Symbols, Crosses, Veve's, Gris-Gris and figures of Catholic saints and other spiritual icons should be hung on the east wall inside and out, facing west in strategic areas of the house to help in spiritual battle and hungry ghost protection. This is especially applied if doors or bathrooms or on that side of the home. And a recent relative has just passed over.

It is a good idea during this month to have more yang than yin energy, so wearing bright colors is better than wearing somber colors. In addition, here are 8 symbols and Deity statues that offer strong protection from being disturbed by the hungry ghosts.

Unoccupied, abandoned and empty rooms invite invisible spirits. This is why such spaces should be cleansed regularly and not be left empty or cluttered. Houses that have had a history of tragic and unnatural deaths are prone to unexplainable happenings. This is why many paranimal experts stress that all dwellers should clean the house before moving in and also perform prayers in their respective faith to remove these unseen entities. Prayer is one of the most powerful energy fields to invoke in the presence of a ghost. It can also help in the healing and liberation of the unseen spirit.

Hungry Ghosts Protection from the s tatue or art of Standing Kwan Kung. The general Kuan Ti, later known as Kwan Kung, is one of the most famous of generals in Chinese history. Deified as the God of War, Kwan Kung eventually became acknowledged also as the God of Wealth, especially when it came to defeating the competition. Kuan Kung thus plays many roles and is the most useful of the Taoist deities to have in the home. Displaying his image inside the house facing the front door ensures his fierce countenance will frighten off any kind of ‘killing breath’. His countenance is believed to prevent negative forces from entering the home and that is why the fiercer his face is, the better. Remember, he is most powerful when placed directly facing the main door.

The beginning of April marks the “Tomb Sweeping Day” holiday (清明节) in China.

For the Chinese, it is a day to remember and honor one’s ancestors at grave sites. Young and old pray before the ancestors, sweep the tombs and offer food, tea, wine, chopsticks, (joss) paper accessories, and/or libation to the ancestors. The rites are very important to most Chinese and especially farmers. Some people carry willow branches with them on Qingming, or put willow branches on their gates and/or front doors. They think that willow branches help ward off the evil ghosts that wander on Qingming. Also on Qingming, people go on family outings, start the spring plowing, sing, dance, and Qingming is a time where young couples start courting.

What to do when the Ghosts of Hungry Ghost Month come to call on you!

Some sites, old houses and notably cemeteries, underground tunnels and old battlefields, generate many hungry ghost month ghost sightings. Widely known folklore has it that ghosts are most likely to appear between 2 and 3 a.m., the "time of the three oxes." Or "the Hour of the Devil." It has also been called "Dead Time" By New Orleans Voodoo's.

Most in New Orleans will set their clocks to wake them At 5 minutes to 3:AM they will stay awake for the one hour period each night of August. Alone sitting by their front door and another family member at the back door with only one light black voodoo- hoodoo candle in the kitchen. Toilet lid closed and all pipes and sink drains closed tight so a hungry ghost family member cannot enter their home.

The Galveston Ghost fearing Voodoo Community also does this ritual but with a real Texas twist. They sometimes have been known to sit their youngest child or grand child in the front room of their homes with the front door wide open. They feel that if an family member ghost comes to call. they see the innocent child their awake waiting for them. And leave because they know this child does not need to see them or die. The rest of the family do the candle spell in the rest of the house. This is said to work well if the child is 6 months to 3 years old only.

In California Hungry ghosts are often warded off by hanging wind chimes made of chicken bones. The idea is that ghosts see this and realize that you mean business. The bones show that you are not afraid of the dead and they should fear you.

In the lonely haunted mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina to ward off the many malevolent ghosts of August. Mountain Magic dictates that you tie a live goat outside your door. If in the morning the goat is gone or dead then that was meant for you. The rest of the month you must leave food offerings outside your door so they do not come and exact their evil revenge on you.

In the state of Florida mainly Miami, Voodoo's will light candles and place them out side their front doors at midnight to dawn. Next to the blessed voodoo or Santeria Candle they will leave a plate of beans and a freshly cooked chicken. This they do each night of the month of August to ward off any harm and Hungry Ghost Month Spirit that might want to take of residence in their home.

In Salem, Massachusetts The month of August ghosts are warded off by placing a large pentagram on the front and back door. With charged wiccan holy water a Pentagram of Protection is drawn with the little finger of the left hand on every payne of glass. Chimneys are blocked inside and out. And drains and toilets are plugged when not in use.

Images of Chung Kwei This deity is famous in Chinese mythology as the “ghost catcher.” It is said that his image alone is sufficient to chase all wandering spirits away; thus Chung Kwei is often invited into homes as he personifies powerful protection against harmful influences. His presence is sure to ward off evil and disturbing ghostly influences. This deity is usually depicted with bats to symbolize abundant happiness and good fortune.

The Universal Cosmic Tortoise
This Buddhist astrological mandala is very famous in Tibet and Nepal where many households display it in the homes for protection. They believe that the universal tortoise will ward off bad influences and has the power to prevent wandering spirits from entering if placed high up in the home. Hang near the front of your house for powerful protection.

The elliptical coin for protection is inscribed with the characters Tian Bao Di Bao, which means protection granted from Heaven and Earth. On the reverse side is a pair of crossed swords for protection, a tortoise for longevity and the serpent to invoke hidden supernatural powers and insight. This coin safeguards against being hurt during the month of the Hungry Ghost.

The Seven Stars Sword. This is a powerful tool used by Taoist Masters to keep wandering ghosts under control, as it is believed to have the power to ward off any spirit with hostile intentions. Display in the home or office to chase away lingering yin energy. If you cannot sleep, display the 7 stars sword near your bed. This protects you when you are most vulnerable i.e. when you are sleeping.

The Hum Pendant. The seed syllable “Hum ” is very powerful and represents the trinity of heaven, earth and mankind. It is believed to encompass the foundation of all prayers and mantras. Wearing it at your heart protects you from harm coming from the ten directions (the eight compass directions, above and below.) When you feel yourself in danger, just chant under your breath “Hum hum hum hum.”

La Zha is one of the most popular Deities in heaven. His secret weapon is his magic. He wards off evil and wandering spirits. Place him near the main door of your home.

Note that it is not necessary to have all these cures and protector images. Just make sure you have a protector for the home and one for the office, and if possible, always wear some kind of protection on your body. If you wear mantras given to you by high lamas or holy men, do make sure the mantras touch your body, as this is what ensures your body does not get hurt.

In the world view of most of the indigenous peoples of North America, there were also spiritual beings to be avoided. Native Americans of the Southwest in particular, such as the Navajo and Apache, dreaded contact with ghosts, who were believed to resent the living. These peoples disposed of the bodies of deceased relatives immediately and attempted to distance themselves from the spirits of the dead, avoiding their burial sites, never mentioning their names, and even abandoning the dwellings in which they had died. If a person were responsible for a death—for example, among the Papago of the Southwest, the death of an enemy warrior—it was necessary to adopt the dead person, keep his scalp, and appease his spirit continually with gifts and kind words.

ANIMALS WITH SUPERNATURAL POWERS

According to legend certain animals are created with supernatural powers. They can transform themselves into anything they desire, and can even acquire other magical abilities. The Japanese raccoon (tanuki) and the fox (kitsune) are the most popular animals attributed with magical powers. They have similar roles in folklore. They are pictured as mischievous rogues who often get themselves into trouble. They can, at times, be frightening creatures, and at other moments be capable of making a negative situation positive. Sometimes they are treated as godly figures and become cultural heroes. The ‘tanuki’ is sometimes seen as a witch, a cannibal monk, or a one-eyed demon who murders his victims with thunder, lightning or earthquakes.

Fu Dogs are mythical creatures shown playing with a ball. They are believed to have the power to ward off evil influences. A pair of Fu Dogs is recommended placed high flanking the main gate to guard offices and homes. Place the male (the one with the ball) on the left side of the door (inside looking out) and the female on the right hand side. Please do not sweat if you got it wrong. All you need is to change sides – there are no ill effects to getting the genders on either side wrong.

The ‘tanuki’ is a small hairy animal, and it is believed that he can transform into a frightening creature. Sometimes he is depicted humorously, having a gigantic scrotum which he drags behind him or wears it as a kimono. In some Netsuke figures the ‘tanuki’ appears as a Buddhist monk dressed in robes and banging on his scrotum as if it were a temple drum. “There is a fable that tells of an incident by the abbot of the Morinji Temple. He bought a tea-kettle and instructed one of the monks to clean it. Suddenly a voice spoke from the kettle, ‘Ow that hurts, please be more gentle.’ When the abbot wanted to boil some water, out popped the tail, legs and arms of a ‘tanuki’ and the vessel started to run about the room. It dumbfounded the poor abbot and he tried to catch the kettle, but it eluded him.”

The fox (kitsune) is frequently a subject in Netsuke figurines. Many strange and uncanny qualities are attributed to the fox. The‘kitsune’ have the ability to change their shape, but their faces remain fox-like. In folklore, foxes pretend to be humans in order to lead men astray.

A black fox is good luck, a white fox calamity; three foxes together portend disaster. Buddhist legend tells of 'kitsune’ who disguise themselves as nuns, and wear traditional robes (depicted in Netsuke figurines). Fables tell how the fox likes to appear as women. Stories tell that while the ‘kitsune’ is in such a guise, he goes about tricking and misleading men into seduction. When the seduced come to the realization of the true identity of their supposed love, the fox disappears. Legends tell of how ‘Kitsune’ can hypnotize people and lead them into perilous situations. To do this, according to the tales, they illuminate the path leading to such disasters, and this illumination is known as a ‘foxflare’ (kitsune bi).

In a world filled with both helpful and harmful forces, Native Americans tried to locate repositories of spiritual power. Uncanny phenomena such as geysers, trees struck by lightning, and deposits of rare minerals, as well as dangerous locales such as waterfalls and whirlpools, became sites of pilgrimage where indigenous peoples hoped to collect spiritual power.

They gathered herbs and pollen, oddly shaped stones, and horns, bones, teeth, feathers, and other body parts of animals and placed them in medicine bundles, collections of objects believed to heal disease and to ward off ghosts, witches, foes, and destructive spirits. Most Native Americans kept these medicine bundles for personal, household, and community protection.

Native Americans engaged in a great variety of rituals to ward off the dead. As a person passed through the stages of the life cycle—obtaining a name after birth, seeking a guardian spirit at puberty, setting off at death for the journey to the afterlife—rituals marked the passages. One of the basic elements of Native American ritual life was the sweat lodge—a purification ritual that originated in the polar regions—in which water was poured over heated stones to create a hot vapor bath. The rites, or ceremonial acts, of the sweat lodge were believed to wash away both moral and physical impurities. Sweat lodges were used for teaching, praying, and singing, often in preparation for other ceremonies.

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Personal life and beliefs
Steiger is married to Sherry Hansen Steiger, a former model. He is a former high school teacher, and college instructor. He began writing when he was a school teacher in his native Iowa when he had writings published in Fate Magazine and other publications. Throughout the 1960s Steiger co-wrote 22 books with other writers. Steiger claims to be politically independent, and cynical of politics. He lists his political heroes, however, as Jonathan Swift, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson. When asked about individuals he admired, Steiger listed Ralph Waldo Emerson, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Mark Twain, William Shakespeare, Jesus Christ, Mary Magdalene, William James, Fredric W.H. Myers, Rudolf Steiner, Sir William Crookes, and Mario Lanza as those he would have liked to have met.

AN IN-DEPTH INTERVIEW WITH BRAD STEIGER

In an online interview with Dan Schneider, Steiger claimed to be an 'Emersonian transcendentalist,' and summed up his philosophy this way:

I believe humankind is part of a larger community of intelligences, a complex hierarchy of powers and principalities, a potentially rich kingdom of interrelated species, both physical and nonphysical. I believe that humankind’s one truly essential factor is its spirituality. The artificial concepts to which we have given the designation of sciences are no truer than dreams, visions, and inspirations. The quest for absolute proof or objective truth may always be meaningless and unattainable when it seeks to define and limit our Soul, which I believe is eternal, evolving higher, seeking to return to the Source from whence it came. I believe that technology plays a far smaller role in the lives of nations than the spirit, for the essence of humankind is its intellect and its Soul. Machines, associations, political parties, and trade balances are but transitory realities that must ultimately wither, decay, and come to nothing. The only lasting truths are Soul, imagination, and inspiration.

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Steiger and his wife are also animal lovers and believers in animal rights. Steiger claims, "We are appalled by any mistreatment of animals—chemical testing, dogfights, rooster fights, bull fights. We must learn to respect all living things if we are to survive with dignity as a species. I doubt if I could live for any length of time without a dog. Fortunately, my wife and children feel the same. We are all dog owners. Dogs are our connection with nature and the Earth Mother.

 

Of all the forlorn, countless souls awash in time, none reach out to us more than those of the dead at Gettysburg. They were young men, mostly, with hopes for a bright future and moved by sincere patriotic dreams, caught up and cruelly thrown down again, in the great, hot whirl of mortal combat.

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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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Troy Taylor

Author of 49 books about history, hauntings and the unexplained in America for Whitechapel Press and Barnes & Noble Press respectively. He is the founder and president of the “American Ghost Society”, a national network of ghost hunters that collects stories of ghost sightings and haunted houses and uses investigative techniques to track down evidence of the supernatural.

Taylor was born on September 24, 1966 in Decatur, Illinois, a Midwestern city that is steeped in legend and lore. Even the hospital in which he was born is allegedly haunted by a phantom nun! He grew up fascinated with “things that go bump in the night”, as well as the writings of haunted travel writer Richard Winer and legendary ghost hunter, Harry Price. In school, Taylor was well-known for his interest in the paranormal and often took friends on informal ghost tours of haunted places all over downstate Illinois. He would later turn this interest into his full-time career.

In 1989, Taylor started working in a bookstore and a few years later, he wrote his first book on ghosts. It was called Haunted Decatur and delved into the ghosts and hauntings of the city where he grew up. He also created a tour that took guests to places that he had written about in the book. The book became an immediate success and its popularity, along with his previous experiences with ghost hunting, established Taylor as an authority on the supernatural. The book and tour led to media and public appearances and numerous requests to investigate ghostly phenomena.


In 1996, Taylor organized a group of ghost enthusiasts into an investigation team and the American Ghost Society was launched, gained over 600 members in the years that followed. The organization continues today as one of America’s largest and most honored research groups.

In 1998, Taylor moved his operations, which now included the American Ghost Society, a history and hauntings bookstore and a publishing company called Whitechapel Press, to Alton, Illinois, near St. Louis. In Alton, Taylor started his second tour company, Alton Hauntings, which took guests to local haunted places in the small Mississippi River town. He would go on to put the place on the map as “one of the most haunted small towns in America.”

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Patti Starr

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atti Starr, Certified Ghost Hunter, Ghost Chasers International, Inc.Patti Starr, Certified Ghost Hunter

With over 30 years of paranormal research and ghost investigations Patti has captured many anomalies in photos, videos and audios while investigating haunted locations. Her goal as an experienced and accomplished paranormal investigator is to collect evidence to support the premise that life goes on even after death. She is very active as a ghost researcher, author, lecturer, consultant, dowser, and teacher.

Her Ghost Hunter Certification Home Study Course is in great demand and she has students from all over the world enrolled. She is currently lecturing at numerous universities, colleges, and libraries throughout the United States. Colleges and universities Student Activity Directors can book Patti by contacting Wolfman Productions.

Patti’s work has been documented in numerous newspapers and magazines including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Oracle 20/20, Ghost Magazine and Southern Distinction.

In 2006 Patti Starr was voted as one of the Top Ten Ghost Hunter Paranormal Investigators in America for 2007, 2008 and again for 2009 by votes at Haunted America Tours.

Patti is a frequent guest on television and radio programs. She has been featured on national TV such as A&E “Paranormal State” filmed at a haunted residence, A&E “Airline” filmed in Birmingham, AL, at the haunted Sloss Furnaces and a film clip of that investigation was featured on the Montel Williams Show. She was also featured on the Food Network “The Best of Fright Food” filmed at the haunted Talbott Tavern in Bardstown, Kentucky.

Patti is currently working on an event, ScareFest, which will be held at the Lexington Center on September 12, 13, 14, 2008.  It is herald as is one of the biggest "Horror and Paranormal" conventions to be held in the Southeast.  It will feature many stars and celebrities from the horror and paranormal communities.

Patti is now writing for the Lexington Herald-Leader online newspaper under the heading “Ask the Expert”. It is a forum for posing questions to certain professionals. Questions and answers are published for information and discussion purposes only. Lexington Herald-Leader newspaper online.

 

atti Starr, Certified Ghost Hunter, Ghost Chasers International, Inc.

 

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Also read: Is It Really Paranormal? Questioning The Unknown Side Of Ghosts And Demonic Possession - With tales of being raped or beaten by ghosts, to stories of even a ghost giving a person a loan of some cash. I ask myself do these things really happen? -- Ginalanier.com

 

 

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