Why we should appease the hungry ghosts
This year, the most dreaded period in the Chinese lunar calendar falls on August 10 to September 8. Called The Hungry Ghost Month, it is the time of the year during which dead spirits are believed to roam the earth to hunt the living and cause misfortune. These are very desperate ghosts who are trapped in between realms; they are constantly suffering from extreme deprivation – so when left unappeased they are believed to cause mischief to those with low or weak energy levels. With so much negative chi in the surroundings, it becomes very important to step up precautionary measures to lessen or avoid their harmful effects on our lives.
Incense offering to appease the hungry ghosts
One very powerful way to remove obstacles caused by wandering and local spirits of the land is through the incense offering ritual. During the Hungry Ghost month, it is beneficial to do this as often as possible, preferably around dusk, just after sunset. Light up sweet smelling incense (like kemenyen or sandalwood) and walk clockwise around your rooms and outside your home while holding your incense burner. As you do this, make sure to chant this mantra: NAMAH SARVA TATHAGATHA AVALOKITE OM SAMBHARA SAMBHARA HUNG. Let the incense burn itself out. This way you dedicate all the incense, the scent of which is the only food that they can take, to all the wandering spirits around you, and request that they watch over rather than harm you.
Get your incense ritual supplies and ask about other suggested cures for the Hungry Ghost Month from any of our WOFS boutiques:
SM North Edsa, Main Mall +632 442-0113
SM Mall of Asia +632 556-0615
SM Mega Mall +632 470-7661
Serendra Piazza +632 659-2405
Glorietta 4 +632 818-8858
San Juan , Metro Manila Office +632 576-5331, 0920-9509390
Fort Bonifacio Global City Office +632 478- 6378
What you’ll need for the incense offering: