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Ghost Festival - Dhamma Wheel
A Buddhist discussion forum on the Dhamma of the Theravāda
There's a period of time in every year where a lot Chinese people will starting to fold burning papers and offering foods in front the grave of their relatives. And sometimes I see paper-made items burn for offering to those passed-away relatives. And I saw a paper written in Chinese words something about the hell and human world passport. I do not believe in what most of them believe, thinking burning paper folded in ornament shapes will definitely send some "hell money" to them.
But one thing confused me. Is there those "officers" that will bring you to hell for judgement when you are going to Avicci Hell? If there are, do those who suffers in Avicci Hell be able to come out for some particular reason and stay here for a while? Or just stay there and suffer until their bad karma worn out?
The Theravada temple I attend celebrates Qing Ming. They don't call it Ghost Festival. What we do is to offer dana, chant parittas and then have a transference of merits ceremony. Buddhism has a clever practice of adopting native customs and incorporating it into itself.