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some movies believed to be cursed; at least to their actors. For example, the
movie ‘Exorcist’ was said to have killed at least 9 peoples. Another movie ‘Poltergeist”
also said to have caused some actors to die in tragedies. Other movies in the
list are: Superman, Twilight Zone and etc.
were the movies from the western world. In Hong Kong entertainment circle
however, two movies are said to be cursed and caused the death of 3 famous
actors: Danny Chan (陈百强), Paul Chung (钟保罗) and Leslie Cheung (张国荣). These two movies are: Encore (喝彩) in 1980 and Trial (失业生) in 1981.
All of the
3 actors had died of unnatural causes:
committed suicide on September 1989 also by jumping off a building purportedly due
to his gambling debt. There were some reports of ghost sightings after his
death. A teacher who has taken over Paul’s apartment has reported of seeing the
image of Paul every time he switched on the TV. This incident has caused quite
a commotion in the entertainment circle. Another report was that Paul’s image
was seen in a TVB musical special.
Danny Chan was
said to have suffered from brain damage and fell into comma after consuming
alcohol with medicine in May 1992. He subsequently died in October 1993. He has
never regained consciousness.
Cheung committed suicide on April 2003 by jumping off the 24th floor
of Mandarin Hotel. There were some reports of people saw Leslie’s apparition in
the vicinity of where he has fallen to death.
name of both of the movies brought bad omen as ‘Encore’ supposed to mean ‘repeating’
and ‘Trial’ in Chinese means ‘jobless’. In both cases the deaths came in 3
hence ‘encore’; three people were made ‘jobless’.
that was an old urban legend of old Hong Kong entertainment circles. Perhaps
there are more cursed Asian movies out there? If you know any, please share
with us if possible J!
Taoist sorcerers are not the only persons who like to use
rice stem manikin to perform rituals: healing or cursing the like. An old Taoist
once told me that the effect of rice stem manikin is much better than the paper
manikin or the like.
Likewise, Japanese Shinto sorcerers also make use of rice
stem manikins for their rituals. The ritual I am interested here is the curse
of rice stem manikin. Basically the Japanese style is pretty simple: a typical
form is to nail a 5” nail into the heart of the rice stem manikin and then into
a large tree trunk. This is a curse meant to bring disaster to an intended
person which is said to be in existence since 710AD, during the period of Nara
Era (奈良时代) until today.
It is believed that women at that time commonly employ this
type of cursing method to treat those who have jilted them. Perhaps this was
the only way to express their anger of that time.
The mode of operandi is quite similar though not all manikins
are made of rice stems; it could be carved out from wood too. The most important ingredient is of course is
the name and personal particulars of the person to be cursed must be inserted
into the manikin. After that the person must perform the nailing down of the
manikin between 2am~3am. This is the period of 'chou' (丑时), hence some people also call this ritual as 丑时的参谒or literarily “paying homage
during chou hours”.
The woman who wants to perform this ritual must wear all
white and she must go to a huge three beside a Shinto shrine. Then she shall
press the manikin onto the tree trunk and start cursing by singing out loud her
hatred. When she felt she has had enough of cursing, she shall take a 5” iron
nail and strike it into the heart of the manikin. This ritual must be performed
for 7 consecutive days.
Proponents believe that the victim shall suffer from extreme
bad luck and even death may entail. Until fairly recently, manikins can still
be found on some tree trunks at isolated areas in Japan.
Other variation is to nail a manikin on a Chestnut tree
trunk with iron nails shall kill a person in relative short time. Yet another
form is to throw cursed manikin onto or under the bed of the target; some even
nail the manikin on the main door; or another method I heard is that the image
of the person is drawn onto the floor and then nails are hit in the heart of
The above cursing method is meant on 1:1 basis; i.e. when
the target is known, there is yet another method meant for causing harm to an
unknown target or a group of people… We shall see later.
It is perhaps at the end of my magical journey after some 30
years of involvement. One aspect that still haunts me and many others is how to
measure performance of magic in dollar and cents.
For one thing if a person just reads and perhaps try a
ritual or two without investing considerably amount of money and effort; then I
can almost guarantee that this person shall not have any results for however
long time he/she has been involving in magic. Provided that his/her magic is inherited
or in the family bloodline, then this person is the blessed one as not much
money needs to be invested but only time and effort.
In my case, I have figured out some rough numbers just for
Total investment, Mi = 300,000
Total monetary gain, Mg = 30,000
Total non-monetary gain = K
So, the formula for measuring magic performance is as
Mg = Mi / 10 + K (in 10 years time)
From the formula, it takes 10 years of my lifetime just to
gain $30k from magic plus countless of non-monetary gains: protections,
disaster avoidance, health etc.
It also means that if one invests $1,000 in magic, he/she
can only gain $100 back in dollar and cents; but the non-monetary value is something
that cannot be measured as one disaster could wipe off a person’s life saving
or cause the person to lose his/her family!
It also mean that the return of 10% of money invested is over
a fairly long time, for example 10 years or so. In my case, it was only after
30 years and countless of effort and time involving in performing magical
It would be good if anyone can come out with another better
mathematical model as I am not a mathematician and my research is merely based
on my love of magic. Now, maybe I would rephrase my saying of “magic don’t work”
to “magic can work” if and only if one have enough money and lifespan to spend.
For the rest, religion is perhaps the best choice; and a cheaper one too!
Kokkuri San is a type of traditional Japanese game
similar to the western Ouija board. But as its name implies, this is a game
related to calling animal spirits namely the fox. However it can also be used
to summon any spirits up for communication. There are many undesirable
incidents attributed to Kokkuri San in Japan. For example, in Hyoga Prefecture,
18 high school girls were hospitalized in June 2013 believed to be related to
Hokkuri San. Many countries in the world have banned this type of seemingly
harmless game. Basically the Japanese version of Kokkuri San is the same as with
other types of Ouija Board but it is normally played by two persons.
I was asked to survey a piece of land in Southern Johor
by a Japanese investor, so together with an interpreter and two representatives
off we went to the worksite. After a day’s work, we were caught in a heavy
rain; so we had to seek shelter in a temporary office at the site.
It was getting dark but the rain wasn’t like it will
cease soon, so I pulled a chair and took a nap in one corner of the office. The
interpreter was engaging in a long conversation with his girlfriend over the phone. The two
Japanese representatives were quite restless as there weren’t too many
entertainments around and they pulled out a piece of blank paper and started to
write some characters on it.
After a while one of them lighted one cigarette and then
put a coin on top of the paper. Each of them put their middle fingers onto the
coin and they started to chant: “Kokkuri San, Kokkuri San, if you are present,
please move this coin…”
It was perhaps after 10 minutes or so, the coin started
to move and both of our friends seemed to have indulged in the game. Strange
things happened after a while, one of the player started to utter a series of
sentences while the other player began to weep in a woman’s voice.
The interpreter and I were stunned for a while, and then
I asked the interpreter:
Me: “Hey, what was he saying?”
Interpreter: “Oh, A San was saying that how much he
missed his girlfriend and that he was sorry for not returning home on time…”
After another while, the one who weeps started to say
something and the interpreter continued: “B San said it is good to have someone
remembered her still…”
Gradually I felt something wasn’t right, so I asked to
interpreter to speak in Japanese to the thin air asking whatever there were
present there to end the conversation for the fear that prolonged conversation
might lead to spirit possession. This is the most undesirable case out there
without any help.
Luckily, whatever were there were quite obedient. A San and
B San regained consciousness as if they were in a long slumber. I was just glad
that nothing bad happened. Perhaps the spirits were a Japanese couple who were separated
due to WWII. I could only guess.
“If the Lord of Hell desires a person to die at
3am, no one dares to keep him/her till 5am.”
or not when a person is destined to die, many obstacles would present to hasten
the late Mr. Lee in Ipoh was pretty healthy with no serious health issues. One
night he suddenly suffered from heart attack and his wife tried all methods to
call the ambulance service but the line just couldn’t get through.
It was only
that when Mr. Lee gave out the last puff of his breath that the phone line
finally cleared. By the time an ambulance finally got to Mr. Lee, he was
later by Mrs. Lee, she said that it seemed someone or something was blocking
the line even though she has made many calls. You may attribute that to one’s
bad karma or the person’s past life debtors came to take his life away. The fact
is that, when it is time; no other means can save this person.
urban legend was about a late Hong Kong artist, Danny who was in comma for 17
months after he has drunk alcohol and medicine together.
of story I heard was that the drinks was passed to Danny by his good buddy J.
Hence J was blamed for causing Danny’s death indirectly.
J recalled later, he said that there was a disembodied voice instigating him to
pass the alcohol to Danny. As J could remember, the voice said:
you pass this glass of alcohol to Danny, all his problems will be solved!”
J also said
that at that night, he seemed to be controlled by a mysterious force and that
he just followed what was ordered by the disembodied voice. Well, true enough,
after drinking the alcohol, all of Danny’s worldly problems are solved in an
I am not
going to preach, but if you have not done what you wanted in this life; then do
that as soon as you have the opportunity. For your love ones may not be with
you when you have the time.
to my friends, there is a lesser known story about Aoando that spawned from Edo
period (江户时代). As I
heard that even up to today, many Japanese still believe in curses hence no wonder
why the spirits are so vengeful in Japan. There is a story that told to me
regarding a cursed ramen (拉面) stall that believers say it still operates until today.
Japanese like to eat a bowl of hot ramen in the street. This is especially true
during cold days. If you didn’t try the street ramen, then it is said that you
haven’t to Japan. But there is another type of ramen stall that you should
never try for it is operated by demonic entities.
of ramen stall would have a green lantern hung out in front the stall but there
is no one to look after the store. But if anyone who ventures to take the green
lantern to light up inside of the store, then an old man shall come out to
greet the potential customers.
point, knowledgeable folks would just turn their head and walk out of the store
without turning their heads. But if unwary visitors stay on in the store, the
stall owner will serve everyone a big bowl of ramen.
customers do consume the ramen, then they shall be cursed and many unfortunate
incidents would happen to these ramen customers. The very person who told me this
story of demonic ramen stall said that his father was once visited this type of
store after attending the company function.
across a ramen stall with a green lantern in the midst of thick fog. Due to
curiosity he stopped over and found that inside the store was pitch black so
the old man took out his torchlight to shine inside and an eerie sound came out
from the dark: “Do you want a bowl of special ramen?”
pal’s dad just had a sumptuous company dinner, he had no mood to eat further,
so he just declined politely: “Sorry for bothering… I shall be on my way…”
As soon as
the old man stepped out of the stall, he heard a shrieking sound that would
raise the goose bumps of anyone who heard it: “Hehehe… lucky soul, I just
missed one for my collection!”
father instinctively turned his head and to his horror, the ramen stall has
vanished but a green lantern was hovering at a distance of 10 feet from him. So
he ran as fast as he could until he reached a street lamp pole, when the old
man turned his head again, the green lantern was no more.
cannot guarantee if you will go into a demonic ramen stall in the street; it is
better be careful than sorry.
There are four demonic times that many people do not aware
of. Basically a beginner in Taoist magic or Tantric practitioners should not
begin his/her meditation practice during these times. If you still do not
believe me, then please do a research on the below timing and you will agree with
me that during these hours, accidents and mishaps tend to happen:
·2300hrs to 0100hrs
·1100hrs to 1300hrs
·1700hrs to 1900hrs
·0500hrs to 0700hrs
Midnight is when Yin energy turns to Yang and the water
element is at its peak. Noon is when the Yang energy turns to Yin and the fire
element is at its peak. In old China, the emperors would execute prisoners at
noon time to prevent the dead souls from seeking revenge.
6pm is when the metal element is at the peak, so people gets
more aggressive and tends to involve in fight. Coincidentally, 6pm is also when
most of factory and office workers return from work.
6am is ruled by wood element, at this time people started to
open their eyes heading to work. Since not everyone have a good night sleep,
coupled with night shift workers returning from a hard night’s work; accidents
tend to occur during this time too.
In Chinese occult science, we call the above timing Zi (子), Wu (午), Mao (卯)
and You (酉). These timings are when the
elemental forces: water, fire, wood and metal elements are at their peaks. Hours
following the 4 peaks are the 4 graves (库).
The graves refer to the subsiding of the elemental force hence activities would
come to rest.
People who stay in urban areas will agree with me that the
above timings see massive traffic jams daily. And that anyone who travels
during the above 4 demonic times of a day is more likely to meet with traffic
It is also said that if a beginner started to meditate on
the 4 demonic timing, then chances are that this person is likely to be
disturbed by spirits or even possessed! Though the above demonic timings are
not popularly known, the consequences are pretty severe. Please don’t treat
My first impression of a Japanese Yurei that possessed a
lady was that it is very different from all other spirits that I have seen and
know of. For once, the impression I got was that this special Yurei was full of
hatred and unlike other spirits that I have seen; it is not so easy to deliver
this Yurei to the other side…
The story begins with a friend of mine brought me to see a
26-year old lady who was said to be possessed. When we arrived at the lady’s
place, her hubby came out to greet us and the lady just sat in a corner
quietly. I almost couldn’t believe that the person I saw was 26 years old as
she looked like 50 years old to me!
After talking to the lady’s hubby to understand some
background of her possession, we started to communicate with the Yurei. My
friend acted as a translator as I don’t speak Japanese:
Me: “Where are you from?”
Yurei: “It is none of your business…”
(It is strange that the voice came directly from inside of
the lady as she just kept her eyes and mouth shut. It was quite eerie as in
other possession cases the possessed actually open their mouths to speak.)
Me: “If you don’t speak out, I shall cast you out!”
(The Yurei silent for a while and I kept the threatening
words… and finally…)
(At this point, the lady’s hubby said that the lady was in
Kamakura for visiting and they had been to Yagura caves (曼陀罗堂遗迹) for visits.)
Me: "Do you want to go to the other side?"
Yurei: "It is none of your business..."
(She kept repeating her words. So I tried to deliver the
Yurei spirit using Phowa.)
Me: "Phat! Phat! Phat! Go now, go!"
(I judged from the lady's expression that the Yurei was
resisting going to the other side. I had to use a more forceful manner... So I
took out of my bone mala and call upon Yamantaka.. After a while, it seemed
that the Yuri that possessed the lady had left and she opened her eyes.)
Me: “How are you doing madam?”
Me: “The spirit has just left for now. But for your
protection, it is best to find a Shinto priest to perform a ceremony suited to
the Yuri’s position.”
Perhaps the Yurei was a person of status and that he had
died of violent death. Due to the nature of his death and the shame the Yurei
bears during life time; the hatred energy was so immense that it was not ready
to be delivered after a long time. In whatever cases, I would need to double or
triple my effort to deal with this type of spirits; luckily the ones in SEA are
not so bad as most of them only wanted to be delivered…
It was indeed a culture shock dealing with Yurei… Maybe we
shall meet in future! In Kamakura perhaps.
friends seem to have phobia in visiting public toilets at night. According to
them, they are afraid of Hanako, a spirit that haunts toilets in Japan. It is said
that this poor girl died in a toilet for some reasons and only to be discovered
by others days later after she passed away. So the restless spirit of this girl
keeps haunting Japanese toilets until today. Although I couldn’t understand why
one particular spirit can be all encompassing and that it can haunt so many
Japanese toilets across the country.
to what was told to me, my friends would always check for the last cube in
public toilets to see if the door of the cube is shut at night. If the door of
last cube is indeed shut, then my pals rather piss elsewhere than venture to release
themselves for the fear of coming face to face with this horrific Hanako.
some taboos when using a public toilet at night in Japan following the fear of Hanako spirit:
should not look above at the ceiling when the person is doing his/her business
in a toilet. This is to prevent the accidental view of Hanako on the ceiling
board. People believe that Hanako would attach itself onto the ceiling board
and it would let those who didn’t see it go; but Hanako would harm those who
accidentally see it. So, it is a big no-no to look at the ceiling in toilets!
must not call Hanako's name while doing business in the toilet. Or in that matter, when the person hears
his/her name being called by someone; then it is best not to respond. Otherwise
his/her soul shall be made slave by Hanako and this person shall become mad due
to the lost of soul.
one must not look into the toilet mirrors for the fear of inadvertently seeing
the reflection of Hanako. It is said that anyone who sees Hanako in toilet
mirrors, then his/her soul shall be trapped inside the mirror and again; this
unfortunate person shall be insane.
Well, I am
no fans of Hanako but old Chinese believe that toilet is a place full of Yin
energy and that spirits like to stay in toilets that are damp and dark. I would
frown at toilets that have water marks on the wall or ceiling; as that would be
a sign that the place might be haunted. Although I am a little unsure if Hanako
would travel to Malaysia and haunt the local toilets too?
you have come across anything similar to Hanako in local toilets, please drop
me a note and share with us!
My friend is a miko or a Shinto witch in Japanese. She once
told me that there is a haunted hotel in Ginza that is formerly an abandoned
hospital. You will notice it once you are in one of its lifts as the size of
the lift is a little ‘oversized’. It is said that these lifts used to transport
the sick in and out of operating theatres or to transport the dead to the
Another friend of mine, Janet who is an air hostess serving
one of the renowned airline plying between KL and Tokyo has this to say about
this special hotel:
“As my work requires it, I was once put up in this haunted
hotel for a week or so due to extremely bad weather. My room was situated at
the last room at the end of the 4th floor, my room number was 414.
Although I wasn’t superstitious, the number 414 gave me the creeps… You know,
4-14 means “die, sure die” in Cantonese.
Well, my first night in the hotel was quite peaceful except
that I thought I heard many footstep
sounds in the corridor in the midnight. It didn’t bother me a bit as it was a
norm for people to move in and out of the hotel at night due to flight schedule
things started to occur the next night. I thought I heard some knocking on my
room door, I thought it was my college who wanted to inform me of my flight
schedule. So I opened the door and to my surprised that there weren’t anyone
there though I did felt a gust of wind blew into the room.
give it much thought and return to my bed. The odd thing was that the
temperature of my room suddenly dropped to freezing point. There was icy air
blowing onto my neck and cheek as if the room window is opened since outside
was having snow storm.
point I was so agitated that I strived to crack open my eye lids and to my
horror, I saw the face of a lady as white as the snow blowing cold air from her
mouth towards me…
I was then
frozen stiff as if an ice log… my mind went blank but I remembered my late
grandma so I tried all effort to squeeze the strength for a shout for life: “Ah
Mah! Help me!” I lost consciousness and when I finally woke up, it was already
10am in the morning.
the day, I caught hold a housekeeping maid and asked her if she knew any
history of my room. The maid quietly led me to a corner and whisper near my
ear: “You know madam, few years back during severe winter such as of now; a
lady was frozen to death after being trapped in a snow storm just outside of
this hotel. The body of this lady was temporary stored in your room waiting for
a coroner. She was quite a beautiful lady but she was frozen solid and that she
was as white as the snow outside…”
that, my heart was frozen icy cold, for that was the lady I saw blowing cold
air onto my neck and cheek! I immediately packed up my belongings and rather
spent my own money to stay in another hotel just opposite street.”
believe that the Japanese also believe in kid spirits? Folks in Aomori-ken (青森縣), Miyagi-ken (宮城縣), Akita-ken (秋田縣) and a few Northeastern provinces
believe that there is a type of kid spirit known as ‘Zashiki’ when present in a
house or store, can bring good luck and wealth.
to folk belief, a Zashiki acts like a Thai Kumanthong and that it likes to play
pranks to people in the house. Common description of Zashiki is that it looks
like a 5~15 year old kid. The boy spirit would wear black kimono while the girl
spirit wears red kimono. At times, there may be several Zashiki spirits present.
But this description is not absolute.
say that Zashiki spirits are very naughty, at times they may leave small foot
prints on the floor, they would also make noise such as the noise of furniture
dragging on the floor or TV may be turned on for no apparent reasons. These
spirits may also whisper near people’s ears. They are also being described as
fond of making fun of unwary visitors at night such as jumping in the guest’s
bed, pulling his/her legs or even applying pressure onto a person’s chest and
causing bad dreams.
It is said
that Zashiki likes to play and sing with kids. However, Zashiki spirits can
only be seen by kids only; adults may only perceive their presence through
their disembodied laughter or voice in the air. An interesting aspect is that
Zashiki spirits are also fond of appearing in kid’s photo. It is actually a
norm in Japan to find unknown translucent image of kids appeared when a group
of children is taking photos.
found their kids talk to thin air, or when the kids tell their parents that they
have invisible play mates; then people believe that their kids were interacting
with Zashiki. This is common in Japan but I think it would give any parents the
creeps in the western world!
believe that it is a good omen when they see white Zashiki entering their
house, but it is a bad omen when red Zashiki leave their house. In case you
also like to keep or attract Zashiki spirits, you may perform the following:
should prepare a photo of Zashiki according to your preference: boy or girl.
Then you must cook some small bean rice and offer to Zashiki every day. After a
while, the small bean rice should reduce in quantity or your luck would not be
too good in near future. Other folks also offer fruits and toys and they also
specially prepare a small house for the spirits; interestingly, this is the same
as with anyone who worships a Thai Kumanthong.
scholars believe the origin of Zashiki spirits are the spirits of murdered kids
who were then buried under a house. It was said that in old Northwestern part
of Japan, when the living was difficult, poor folks would murder excess kids to
alleviate their living pressure. These killed kids would be buried under the
kitchen. Some of the remains of these unfortunate kids were exposed after
landslides or floods hence folks thought the kids actually emerged from the
In case you
wondered where did I disappeared to during these few days…
nation is celebrating its 50th anniversary and my bro and I happily
went to feel the atmosphere of this joyful occasion. Due to the fact that we
didn’t want to disturb our local friends, my bro booked a room in Bitch Hotel
for a two nights and three days stay. So we happily checked in the Bitch Hotel
in the afternoon on the 17th January.
went on smoothly until the next morning when we were about to go out to meet
our friends. Then an Indian housekeeping lady came and asked us:
you checking out today?”
Tomorrow, 19th January.”
returned at night at 10PM or so, we found our room 5015 was already taken by
someone, so we went to the receptionist. To our surprised to find all our
belongings including the worn underwear were chucked along the corridor…
the Chinese receptionist lady:
what happened to our room 5015?”
the Indian lady said you want to check out…”
I was a
little irritated and replied:
“No. I didn’t
say that. Whoever she is, just fire her…”
aunty switched the topic:
booked until today, 19th January…”
At this point,
one of our friens barged in:
aunty, today is only 18th January lo!”
passed the aunty the room booking record…)
aunty kept silence and slipped the printout several times and said finally and
You are right… but your room is taken by Angmo (White), I can only ‘move’ you
to another hotel… (apparently this lady is a little discriminate between Asian
I said, “Okay.
(Everyone was tired after a long day so no choice)
So we moved
to another Bitch XX hotel which is more than 50% smaller, the hotel people
said: “At least it is near the window!”
just shook their heads…
are celebrating the 50th anniversary, it is very difficult to
imagine that any hotel housekeepers and receptionists cannot read and
understand simple English for:
housekeeping lady cannot understand simple NO.
receptionist cannot read the hotel booking records.
receptionist cannot remember what date it was on a particular day.
to wonder: what good is it to talk about rocket sciences if the attitude of the people of a place is such as that of those people working in Bitch Hotel? And that wouldn't it best to at least look into rectifying such problems before moving another 50 years down the road?
If you are
not an Angmo, then just pray that you will not meet this type of Bitch Hotel…
don’t mind your worn underwear being displayed in corridors beside the
receptionist desk :D!