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Goreng Hantu

Hungry Ghost month is just round the corner and my good friend Syafarin Sarif posted a photo on a hawker stall selling “Goreng Hantu”.

I have explained it was a simple delicacy of oil fried dough (well I guess other culture will pan fry or bake doughs but Chinese use hot oil to deep fry them!) which was made out of Chinese folk belief that for those people who have done great evil deeds, they will go to 18 levels of Hell under.

Goreng Hantu was created to register the Chinese great hatred against QingKui and his wife who are seen as Great Betrayers of the Chinese Han people during Southern Song Dynasty. They collaborated with foreign tribe to work against the Song Dynasty, putting fake and made up charges on patriotic general YueFei to put him to death.

People wish these great traitors of their time to go to Hell and suffer the punishment of being deep fried in boiling oil.

In Chinese folklore, people who were evil and bad will be sent to Hell which has 18 levels, providing 18 types of gruesome punishment to these sinful ghosts. One of the punishment is repeated deep frying in boiling oil.
A twin doughs are made to resemble Qingkui and his wife, putting them into boiling oil for deep frying, signifying the kind of punishment people wished upon them for their betrayal. After frying them, people would just eat them up!

It may be just folklore with lots of symbolism but it is also a warning to devils and evil people they will suffer great punishment in Hell.

It is believed that only during the Hungry Ghost month, these Ghosts in Hell will be released to roam in our world, a temporary relief from their gruesome sufferings in Hell.

Such Chinese folklore and beliefs serve to warn living humans to behave themselves, else …

Ghost spirits in Chinese culture are believed not able to eat at all. It is a kind of punishment they suffer until they have served their terms for their sins.

Whenever they try to open their mouth to eat, a flame will appear and burn out the food in front of them, spiritually speaking. That’s why it is called “Hungry Ghosts”.

Thus why would Chinese offer food to these ghostly spirits during Hungry Ghost month?

It is believed that these Hungry Ghosts could “enjoy” the food by smelling them. Next time, you may try some food that was offered to these ghostly spirits and you may find them tasteless, smell different or simply taste different.

It is also why in some religions, they do smoke puja, the offering of incense.

In Taoism and Buddhism, they believe they could actually help these ghostly spirits to open their mouth, curb the flame and allow them to “eat” properly. Chinese Buddhist temples with monks residing in them normally would carry out such ritual (蒙山施食,放焰口)everyday before they shut the temple doors. Thus, technically speaking, temples are normally surrounded by wondering spirits.

Thus it is believed that when food or incense offerings are made, don’t disturb, keep away if you feel that your body is weak and may be attacked by these spirits. Don’t even say anything disrespectful.
So during Hungry Ghost month, don’t need to be overly concerned but be respectful, regardless of your religious belief.

It is just a month of R&R for the suffering ghosts in Hell. This is why you can see lots of temporary make shift wayang shows, singing and dancing, feasting and burning of offerings etc. It is basically a Taoist practice.

For Buddhists, we “celebrate” Hungry Ghost month very differently. Strictly speaking, it is not what the Taoists believe…. That’s another story for another post.

 

Goh Meng Seng

 

 

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30 Responses to “Goreng Hantu”

  • Covided Ghost:

    A Covided Ghost shall remain hungry as it can’t smell and all food tasteless. It regrets coming to this contaminated geopolitical world which is illuminatically and freemasonly governed by a few Elite Ghosts!

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  • La Shangri:

    Got gst vochure ready on 7th month 1 st day

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  • A little consideration pls:

    Hungry Ghost month —
    The gov can introduce a “Responsible Burning Campaign” for the comfort of all citiziens on our island.
    We’re living in the 21st Century now so some customs need adjusting somewhat.

    It pains meso to witness the litter strewn all over the neigbourhood caused by paper being blown away by the wind ..
    Some dont even use the drums provided..prefering instead to burn on the very little patches of grass that we have surrounding our HDB blocks…
    Million$ are spent to beautify and upgrade our hdb living areas…and it all goes up in smoke, literally each HG month.
    ALL over we see unsightly burnt patches of grass..in front or at the back of hdb blocks.
    Some, not all, after burning , just leave w/o clearing the mess they leave behind after burning their offerings…stray paper..plastic bags ..strings etc left around the drums.
    Truly an eyesore that other citizens have had to endure for decades …everytime HGM comes along.
    Flame me all you want ..im just a concerned SGprean.
    Thank you

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  • Chang:

    All these cash vochure 61% go back pool.

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    A little consideration pls:
    Hungry Ghost month —
    The gov can introduce a “Responsible Burning Campaign” for the comfort of all citiziens on our island.
    We’re living in the 21st Century now so some customs need adjusting somewhat.

    It pains meso to witness the litter strewn all over the neigbourhood caused by paper being blown away by the wind ..
    Some dont even use the drums provided..prefering instead to burn on the very little patches of grass that we have surrounding our HDB blocks…
    Million$ are spent to beautify and upgrade our hdb living areas…and it all goes up in smoke, literally each HG month.
    ALL over we see unsightly burnt patches of grass..in front or at the back of hdb blocks.
    Some, not all, after burning , just leave w/o clearing the mess they leave behind after burning their offerings…stray paper..plastic bags ..strings etc left around the drums.
    Truly an eyesore that other citizens have had to endure for decades …everytime HGM comes along.
    Flame me all you want ..im just a concerned SGprean.
    Thank you

    I support you. please take video of such stone age and gangster religion and practice to National Park authority for their destruction of environment and worsening the COVID 19 situation.

    Contact our great PAP SCDF fire hazard/smoke hotline at 1800 280 0000
    https://www.scdf.gov.sg/home/contact-info

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  • Smart Nation:

    I know “goreng pisang” and “yu cha kway” but “goreng hantu” I know not. We are living in this modern age and people still believe in this “hungry ghost” stuff. The real “hungry ghost” are those alive who suck up your “life-blood” and not those that return from the dead. LOL!

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  • Curren:

    Don’t mind i saying,We are the hungry ghost.

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    Smart Nation:
    I know “goreng pisang” and “yu cha kway” but “goreng hantu” I know not. We are living in this modern age and people still believe in this “hungry ghost” stuff. The real “hungry ghost” are those alive who suck up your “life-blood” and not those that return from the dead. LOL!

    Such beliefs and practice are generally promoted by gangsters who use it as a money making tools.

    Gangsters create lots of health and environment hazard businesses $$$$$$
    In God We Tru$t

    https://bit.ly/3oYOrLD

    Very much like the Americunt military industry, it creates weapons and encourage wars so that they can sell their ware, make money and create jobs.

    Good for the economy. No ?

    We PAP speak the truth and the truth shall set you free.

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  • Fry the wrong ghost!:

    Ah Goh ah….

    Who is “qingkui “ ha?

    Now is ghost month, don’t fry the wrong ghost Hor!

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    This priest (video 1) went against the gangster and banned burning… give him a five.

    Video #1
    行天宮【心好就香】
    https://bit.ly/3vt4swW

    Video #2
    禁供品、香!行天宮新規 周邊攤商恐消失
    https://bit.ly/3SbPs04

    Please share above link to as many as people as possible. We must stop gangster corrupted culture and practice.
    (see what the priest say in video #1)

    Especially those gambler at market, they are very into such gangster corrupted practice.

    Contact our great PAP SCDF fire hazard/smoke hotline at 1800 280 0000
    https://www.scdf.gov.sg/home/contact-info

    Please contact NPark at https://www.nparks.gov.sg/contact-us

    Suggest SCDF Summon for fire hazard is SGD500 (first time offender)
    Suggest NPark Summon for damaging the grass patch is SGD1000

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  • 365 days a year:

    The real hungry ghosts are the ones in sgov…
    They suck our blood 24/7 all year round..be more afraid of them.
    Nothing to fear the ones dead and gone.
    Amen!

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  • Education is key:

    It also adds to air pollution and littering.
    Arent these against sg’s laws.?
    Especially these days in the midst of 2 diseases covid and monkeypox.
    We seriously need clean air to breathe .
    Not saying dont burn or stop the customary practices. Just adjust the way its done.
    If not we are just being hypocrites when we talk of advoccating “green” practices in sg.

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    Education is key: It also adds to air pollution and littering.
    Arent these against sg’s laws.?
    Especially these days in the midst of 2 diseases covid and monkeypox.
    We seriously need clean air to breathe .

    Yes, we need clean air to breathe.

    Contact our great PAP SCDF fire hazard/smoke hotline at 1800 280 0000
    https://www.scdf.gov.sg/home/contact-info

    Demand SCDF to summon them for causing pollution to the air and damage the environment.

    Minimum summon is SGD1000 for such offence.

    Call our great PAP SCDF fire hazard/smoke hotline at 1800 280 0000 now.

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    I had translated what the high priest (video 1) said.

    Please print and share.

    Video #1
    行天宮【心好就香】
    https://bit.ly/3vt4swW
    過去至今
    Our temple, from past to present,
    不讓人打造金牌來巴結神
    Never allow congregation to use gold to curry favour with God
    不讓人演戲酬神來媚神
    Never allow congregation to throw party (歌台)just to please God
    不讓人燒金紙來冒瀆神
    Never allow congregation to burn incense paper to blaspheme God

    Yes, Goh Meng Seng, you can copy this and tell it to your friend.

    Yes, we are in Covid 19 situation and we need clean air to breathe.

    Contact our great PAP SCDF fire hazard/smoke hotline at 1800 280 0000
    https://www.scdf.gov.sg/home/contact-info

    Demand SCDF to summon them for causing pollution to the air, damage the environment and worsen the Covid 19 situation.

    Suggested Minimum summon is SGD1000 for such offence or a jail of 3 months.

    Call our great PAP SCDF fire hazard/smoke hotline at 1800 280 0000 now.

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  • Harder Truths:

    My area already chock full of smoke all day all night. Nearly all old people from mainland China or HK. How many people going to die from asphyxiation or asthma this year? Even the kids and babies not spared by these superstitious village people. Are they contributing to economy by killing off people? Every year it gets worse.

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  • Smart Nation:

    There should be a ban on this practice of burning and pollution of the environment. If the ghosts are hungry and in need of food, just leave some outside your door! And if the food is left untouched, it means they are not hungry! What is the significance of burning incense papers during Hungry Ghost Month? Anyone? It is a hazard to breathe in all that smoke. SKM can be asked to do another survey – this time on smoke pollution! LOL! And what is NEA doing? LOLOLOL!

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  • Sgov is the problem:

    Im sure many had already given such feedback to our gov authorities..
    ..but since its one of our country’s customs for a certain race or relgion, our authorities dont want to be too stringent and just close one eye.
    If more feedback given; they’ll tell you ” we’re monitoring the situation”…
    For donkey years, will still “be monitoring the situation” i bet .

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Harder Truths:
    My area already chock full of smoke all day all night. Nearly all old people from mainland China or HK. How many people going to die from asphyxiation or asthma this year? Even the kids and babies not spared by these superstitious village people. Are they contributing to economy by killing off people? Every year it gets worse.

    And what have you done to stop such practice apart from hiding and whining on a forum?

    Will you at least take action to paste the below to your HDB Lift and staircase ?

    Video #1
    行天宮【心好就香】
    https://bit.ly/3vt4swW

    Translate as below. If you can translate better, please go translate it.
    敬神要凖備道德和正信的理念
    Worshipping God need righteous morality and faith
    不用破費花錢
    There has never been a need to spend any money
    本廟過去至今
    Our temple, from past to present,
    不讓人打造金牌來巴結神
    Never allow congregation to use gold to curry favour with God
    不讓人演戲酬神來媚神
    Never allow congregation to throw party(歌台) to please God
    不讓人燒金紙來冒瀆神
    Never allow congregation to burn incense sticks/papers to blaspheme God
    敬拜時 請雙手合十
    During worshipping please put your hands together
    以道德心香取代線香
    Replace incense burning with good and upright morality (take responsibility)
    抱持虔誠心取代供品
    Replace offerings with sincerity and devotion
    心好就香
    Good and sincere heart is same as scent of fragrant flower

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Sgov is the problem:
    Im sure many had already given such feedback to our gov authorities..
    ..but since its one of our country’s customs for a certain race or relgion, our authorities dont want to be too stringent and just close one eye.

    Hi, I know you are reading. This has nothing to do with race.

    It is gangster culture…using religion to make money out of God…

    Sgov is the problem:
    If more feedback given; they’ll tell you ” we’re monitoring the situation”…
    For donkey years, will still “be monitoring the situation” i bet .

    Did anyone of you closely follow up with our great PAP NEA and monitor NEA?

    If no, can someone start monitoring NEA now with KPI ?

    We are in C19 situation and we need clean air to breathe, not worsen it by burning. It has to change.

    Use rice to replace incense paper
    https://bit.ly/3oJWV8Y

    Will you work with Harder Truths to take action to paste the below to your HDB Lift and staircase ?

    Video #1
    行天宮【心好就香】
    https://bit.ly/3vt4swW

    Translate as below. If you can translate better, please go translate it.
    敬神要凖備道德和正信的理念
    Worshipping God need righteous morality and faith
    不用破費花錢
    There has never been a need to spend any money
    本廟過去至今
    Our temple, from past to present,
    不讓人打造金牌來巴結神
    Never allow congregation to use gold to curry favour with God
    不讓人演戲酬神來媚神
    Never allow congregation to throw party(歌台) to please God
    不讓人燒金紙來冒瀆神
    Never allow congregation to burn incense sticks/papers to blaspheme God
    敬拜時 請雙手合十
    During worshipping please put your hands together
    以道德心香取代線香
    Replace incense burning with good and upright morality (take responsibility)
    抱持虔誠心取代供品
    Replace offerings with sincerity and devotion
    心好就香
    Good and sincere heart is same as scent of fragrant flower

    Tech: Posting the same comment/content over and over and over again is SPAMming and will be marked for deletion by the AMS.

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  • The main culprit:

    You can blame culture, you can blame religion, why you don’t blame the main culprit?

    Who put 6 million people into this tiny spot? Who pack people so tightly that one fart can affect 100 people?

    All you pappy puppies shielding your master?

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  • GenY n GenZ:

    Nowadays, most GenY and GenZ fully understand that burning paper is as good as burning trees and is detrimental to environment and health. It’s a waste of resources and money.

    In school, they learn about recycling materials. Education is the key to sustainable living.

    More has to be done.

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  • Firecrackers banned:

    Firecrackers were permanently banned since 1972.

    What about burning other materials and resources?

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  • xoxo:

    Sorry to say this.
    But i note that many *religious* taoist in Sg seem quite selfish n inconsiderate.
    We respect each other’s faith practices n that is good and *holy*(perfect,whole,whole-some) but we must be considerate when practising our *holiness*; else what is being *holy* then?

    In the compact environment that is THIS LITTLE RED DOT,may i humbly suggest the Tapist Teachers/Priests take a ponder n see how *worship n prayers* could be offered in consideration of others around them.
    Take burning of joss-paper ,etc.
    Why not just use joss-sticks instead.
    Or,incense in forms that are more conducive?
    I am not against varying forms of faith practices that teach GOODNESS but surely foodness include kindness n being considerate towards our neighbours?

    Cheerio to all!

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    The main culprit:
    You can blame culture, you can blame religion, why you don’t blame the main culprit?

    Who put 6 million people into this tiny spot? Who pack people so tightly that one fart can affect 100 people?

    All you pappy puppies shielding your master?

    This has nothing to do with putting 6 million people into this tiny spot.

    If I am the government, I will put 6 million Japanese into this tiny spot.

    See, Japanese are civilized and well mannered people.

    Japanese don’t burn and burn to destroy environment and create PM2.5 cancerous haze.

    Even their mafia also know how not to destroy the environment thru’ burning.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    GenY n GenZ:
    Nowadays, most GenY and GenZ fully understand that burning paper is as good as burning trees and is detrimental to environment and health. It’s a waste of resources and money.

    In school, they learn about recycling materials. Education is the key to sustainable living.

    More has to be done.

    Yes, more has to be done.

    We need to let the young know that burning and offering is bribery and encourage corruption.

    It is a gangster practice which are out to make money to enrich themselves instead of helping the society.

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  • The main culprit:

    Well said. You expose the reason why Sg become Stinkapore. A bad-heart big House is spreading its stink everywhere.

    Singaporeans R Free Riders:
    Replace offerings with sincerity and devotion
    心好就香
    Good and sincere heart is same as scent of fragrant flower

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  • Paid Mil$ to close eyes?:

    The Hungry ghost offerings altars at hawkers centresshould also be disallowed …for hygenic reasons.
    Its not mantained…so dusty with burnt ashes and rotting fruit and pkts of food.
    Is our sgov bodies taking note.
    Why wait till citizens bring up such issues than they move?
    Useless bunch of incompetents..!
    Its their job to find solutions to this …
    Its true what a citizen once said..” nowdays must bang table or throw chair” then only somebody listens”.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Paid Mil$ to close eyes?: The Hungry ghost offerings altars at hawkers centresshould also be disallowed …for hygenic reasons.
    Its not mantained…so dusty with burnt ashes and rotting fruit and pkts of food.

    It is a gangster culture. What else you expect.

    If you take a closer look, you will soon realize it is mostly the gamblers and gangsters who are into such practice.

    Paid Mil$ to close eyes?: Is our sgov bodies taking note.
    Why wait till citizens bring up such issues than they move?
    Useless bunch of incompetents..!
    Its their job to find solutions to this …

    Go get your brain check…

    Having other people bring up the issue make it easier to take action and that it is not NEA deliberately targeting certain group of gangster religion.

    Get it ?

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  • Dont feed the troll:

    @Singaporeans R Free Riders

    Everyone’s entitled to act like an asshole once in awhile, but you really abuse the privilege.”

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    @Dont feed the troll
    You mean telling the truth is acting like an asshole ?

    Really or because you find the hard truth unpleasant and it hurts?

    No ?

    Opposition also always said the truth shall set you free…..

    So, why feel hurts over the truth ?

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