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Ghost Month
The Hungry Ghosts Festival
Selayang, 7th September 2007: Too Fast For JPJ. The paper bus and driver are one of many offerings laid out to appease spirits during the Hungry Ghost Festival or Phor Thor (in Hokkien). According to Chinese beliefs, on the 7th month of the lunar calendar, the gates of Hell are unlocked and the spirits of the dead are let loose to wander among the living. During this period, the superstitious stay indoors at night to avoid ghosts. In an eerie coincidence, the horrific bus crash in Perak last month happened on the first day of the so-called Ghost Month. This special 10-page photo essay feature some of the interesting and bizarre rituals at the close of the festival in Selayang.
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Exposure Info: Olympus E-510, ISO 800, f2.8, 1/15 sec
Photograph, title & caption by & copyright © 2007 TV SMITH

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