Tomorrow is Hungry Ghost Festival in China, which is also known as “Ghost Festival”.
Ordinary people will come to the nether world after their death; it is another world opposite to the real world.
People will leave their bodies in this world after their death, but their souls will be brought away by two policemen in the hell, of whom one has a human body and an ox head and the other has a human body and a horse face.
Certainly, other two personnel of higher level are also responsible for the same thing; they are called as black impermanence and white impermanence, of whom the tongues are very long.
After the souls are brought to the hell, they will be taken to the court there for trial. Everything they have done in this world will be recorded in a booklet, no matter good or evil; the trial will be made by the judge according to their performance in the upper world. All evil things that they have done will be punished.
People who have always spoken ill of others and made mischief will be punished by ripping out their tongues; but new tongue will grow again and then be ripped out again and again.
People who have always framed others up will be steamed in a bamboo steamer.
Officials who have grafted before their death will be grinded into meat paste.
There are eighteen layers in the hell, used to punish people with different sins.
If the people being judge are good ones, they might be admitted to be officials in the hell.
After receiving punishment for the faults, the ghosts will be arranged to be reborn according to their performance before death; the good ones will be reborn as person, and the bad ones will be reborn as animal.
Before reincarnation, the ghosts need to walk through a bridge. There is a granny on the bridge, whose name is Meng Po; after drinking the soup prepared by Meng Po, all ghosts will forget everything that has happened in the former life.
After reincarnation, a new life will be born and he does not know anything about his past life.
The legend about ghosts has been spread for a long time; it expresses the human beings’ longing for life and their pursuit to justice.
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