The Return Of Spirits
It is absolutely not
an easy task even if one just wants to die without burden.
No matter how magnanimous the departed is, there will
be much to be experienced allegedly for the final path
of the material life. For instance, "the return of the
spirit" has long marked a milestone for the shift of
Chinese traditions opine
not only in the existence of spirit, but also their
return, awaiting the admittance of another world at
the "original" home. The night of return, (it will not
happen in the morning), is known as the "return of spirit".
The relatives of the departed are required to prepare
various dishes. Then, they must go back the bedroom
and lock the door early. They mustn't leave the room
or they will meet some terrible ghosts for picking up
the dead. Even though they are badly in need of peeing,
they just can't do it. After all, there is always a
good excuse and a kind of respect for bed-wetting out
of such reasons ......
The motive of spirits' return is for
visiting their families, who shouldn't be feared under
any circumstances. Actually, it is the ghost pickers
that create "danger". I had a rough impression: a terrible
accident happened 10 years ago, when everyone in the
house was shouting for "the return of spirit" and eventually
burnt to death. The comment afterward was clear, "was
there any need for such severe punishment by their predecessors?"
The identity crisis seem to have been undermined by
The fact is, people experiencing the
return of spirit would tell you it is just a silent
night and tradition by all means. Of course, a custom
doesn't mean a great deal. But I do hope it can be more
than that. Just imagine, the departed comes back and
appears before you! But there is no telling whether
my heart is ready for such a "surprise".
The horror brought about by the return
can be classified as a kind of misconception. No matter
it is our relative or not, the spirit per se is horrific.
We shouldn't forget it is our beloved, even though we
observe them to be taken away by ghost-pickers. We create
the terror, not them. For me, the saddest situation
is, when the spirit comes back, all it can find is the
paleness of the living people, trembling with dread......
Perhaps bed-wetting no longer happens
to us now - as we should now be well prepared for that
sort of thing. But most importantly, we must make ourselves
well-equipped for the return of spirit, who was actually