Today is the 14th day of the 7th lunar month and it also happens to be the Ghost Festival Day. Here is a story about a Hong Kong Feng Shui sifu on his paranormal pursuit.
Ghost master: Women more prone to seeing ghosts
By Beh Yuen Hui
Women are more prone to seeing ghosts than men, according to Master Szeto Fat-ching, a famous exorcist and Feng Shui guru from Hong Kong.
He said based on the Yin and Yang philosophy, women come under the Yin category - just like ghosts - and so it is easier for them to 'click' with each other.
"There's nothing to be scared of because the ghosts are more afraid of human beings than we are of them. Most of them are harmless," said Master Szeto, who has been dubbed the "Ghost King of Macau".
Szeto is currently in Malaysia as a guest deejay for Chinese radio station 988, to talk about ghost-related topics in conjunction with the month-long Hungry Ghost Festival, which began on July 31.
On Wednesday night, Master Szeto and his "ghost-searching" partner Ben Kwok - shared their stories and exchanged views with more than 300 fans of the supernatural at an event in Kuala Lumpur.
They showed several photographs of "spirits" to the audience. Several people from the crowd also shared their paranormal experiences and ghostly encounters.
Szeto said ghosts were actually a "group of frequencies" and how they look like varies depending on the person who sees them.
"The same spirit may seem to be a woman or man to some, or just an imageless shadow to others."
Master Szeto talking about this photo in which a human face was seen inside the bottle. On the right is Kwok and the rest are 988 deejays
Many Hong Kong ghost movies are now basing their storylines on events in South East Asian countries especially Malaysia and Thailand.
So, is Malaysia more haunted than other places?
"No. Ghosts are everywhere, but it's just that Malaysia is made up of more multi-racial communities that have their own religions and taboos. With many tales and legends, it gives the impression that there are more ghosts here."
Szeto said one of his most dangerous ghost-searching missions took place in Sabah.
"When I reached home, my back hurt and I couldn't walk for three months. I saw many doctors but none of them could tell me why."
A file photo showing Master Szeto performing ritual at a haunted house
It happened in 2006, when the master and his team were in virgin forest near Kota Kinabalu to exorcise a tree demon.
Szeto said while he was trying to help a crew member, who had slipped and fallen, he accidentally cut his hand and some blood dripped onto the tree.
He knew something bad was about to happen and ordered everyone to leave immediately.
"While I was walking on a single-plank bridge across a deep ravine, I felt something pulling my shirt from the back."
"I immediately chanted a prayer and threw a bamboo stick behind me," he said, adding that the group returned home safely.
On the Hungry Ghosts month, Szeto advised people against cutting their hair, shaving, going out or hanging clothes outside at night.
He said although ghosts were around during the daytime, they were more active at night.
"Keep away from walls because ghosts love sticking to them," he said, adding that shifting house and buying new vehicles were also not advisable as chances of bumping into ghosts were higher during the period.
He also warned the public not to take touch offerings served to "homeless spirits".
"Believe but don't be too obsessed," Szeto said, adding that this has always been his principle.