Hungry Ghost Festival: old taboos, about swimming and answering to your name at night, messy offerings, and why I’d like to meet a real ghost

It’s the month in the Chinese calendar when ghosts supposedly wander among the living. There are offerings to make to help them when they return to the afterlife; and taboos to heed (to hell with those, I say).

​ It’s the month in the Chinese calendar when ghosts supposedly wander among the living. There are offerings to make to help them when they return to the afterlife; and taboos to heed (to hell with those, I say).