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Ching Ming observances keep spirits content

By Pat Gee

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 26, 2014

~~<p>Spread out the feast, pour the best whiskey, light the incense and burn plenty of gold paper ingots for your family's ancestors during the Ching Ming season. If you neglect to do so, their spirits might come back to haunt you a bit later in the year, during the Hungry Ghost Festival.</p>
<p>This may sound like a ghost story, but &quot;scare tactics&quot; are a part of all religions, says Jay Saka&shy;shita, an assistant religion professor at Leeward Community College.</p>
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Spread out the feast, pour the best whiskey, light the incense and burn plenty of gold paper ingots for your family's ancestors during the Ching Ming season. If you neglect to do so, their spirits might come back to haunt you a bit later in the year, during the Hungry Ghost Festival.

This may sound like a ghost story, but "scare tactics" are a part of all religions, says Jay Saka­shita, an assistant religion professor at Leeward Community College. Login for more...



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