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   Undertoad  Wednesday Jan 16 11:39 AM

1/16: Ghost Lantern



One of those eerie ones. The caption: "Volunteers move a burning lantern out into the sea as far as they can at Patoutze fish harbor in Keelung, Taiwan, during 'Ghost Month' activities on Sept. 2. Local people believe the lanterns can comfort ghosts and bring good luck if they join the annual activities."

Yeah, just what we all need: comfortable ghosts. Wouldn't want the undead to be unhappy with their surroundings. Perhaps a nice easy chair would be better than a simple light? But where would we be without colorful, local traditions and stories.



dave  Wednesday Jan 16 11:44 AM

Tony's just jealous 'cause he didn't get hypothermia taking a stupid lantern out into the water. :P



jeni  Wednesday Jan 16 02:43 PM

seriously, i was wondering why they don't just take it on a boat or something. how far out do those things have to go?



jennofay  Wednesday Jan 16 03:42 PM

"bring good luck"

if they dont drown, or get sick, they are lucky...
if they do, its obviously just some damn pissed off ghosts.

religion and superstition are so strange.



dave  Wednesday Jan 16 04:44 PM

speaking of...

http://www.religioustolerance.org is supposed to be cool.



warch  Wednesday Jan 16 05:03 PM

Everyone needs a little ritual, a little special. And I like the whole house-a-fire-water thing. Looks like the ghosts/ancestors get some incense and maybe a bit of food lovingly presented as well.

Fire is cool. I confess, I can understand pyromania.



jennofay  Wednesday Jan 16 05:05 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by dhamsaic
speaking of...

http://www.religioustolerance.org is supposed to be cool.
it is one of the few sites that can keep my interest for hours.


jennofay  Wednesday Jan 16 05:07 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by warch
Looks like the ghosts/ancestors get some incense and maybe a bit of food lovingly presented as well.
and a plant. what better way to keep the undead happy then with foliage.


dave  Wednesday Jan 16 05:24 PM

Probably a "go back to life free" card



MaggieL  Wednesday Jan 16 05:47 PM

Waitaminute....I thought the "undead" were zombies. Ghosts had to be actually dead, last I heard.



Undertoad  Wednesday Jan 16 05:50 PM

Well that's probably true, as my concept of "undead" is roughly based on what category it fell into in nethack.



jennofay  Wednesday Jan 16 10:00 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by MaggieL
Waitaminute....I thought the "undead" were zombies. Ghosts had to be actually dead, last I heard.
thats an interesting point. i guess i consider the dead as being conscious of nothing. ones that once were living and now very clearly are not. the living as...well...you and i... and ghosts and spooks and whatnot, if you believe in such things as being a third category. conscious beings, but not quite alive like you and i. "undead" just seemed like a simple way to categorize them.

this is, of course, if you believe in life after death. which i dont, so i guess im really just kind of goofing around.

i dont know though. ive never been dead.


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