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KUALA LUMPUR: Cutting hair, shaving, going for outings and hanging clothes outside the house are among the things people should avoid doing at night throughout the Hungry Ghost Festival.
People should also avoid moving house and getting a new vehicle, as it is believed that the chances of bumping into ghosts are higher by doing all these.
"Keep away from the walls because ghosts love sticking to it," said Master Szeto Fat-ching, a famous exorcist and feng shui guru from Hong Kong.
He said although ghosts are around during daytime, they are more active at night.
Thus, precautions have to be taken during the month-long festival beginning July 31 when the Hell Gate is open and the spirits are allowed to return to the human realm.
Master Szeto also said women are more prone to seeing ghosts than men.
According to the Yin and Yang philosophy, women belong to the Yin category the same as ghosts and so they are easier to "click" with each other.
"There's nothing to fear because the ghosts are more afraid of humans than we are of them."
Dubbed the Ghost King of Macao, Master Szeto was invited here by Chinese radio station 988 as a guest deejay in a ghost-related programme in conjunction with the festival.
He also shared his stories and exchanged views with over 300 supernatural fans at an "up close and personal" session here on Wednesday.
Besides the above mentioned taboos, Master Szeto also warned the public to not take the offerings on the streets that were served to the "homeless spirits" or make fun of the belief.
The Star/Asia News Network
Saturday, Aug 13, 2011