Dual Soul Concept

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the concept of dual soul. As a Northeast candidate, the custom of Northeastern had a profound effect on me since I was a child. I remember I often heard from my grandma said that when people die, hun soul was leaving the body, and po soul still exists. On the seventh day after the death, hun soul will come back home to take a final look. The living people would prepare a meal and lighting up incense for the hun soul before the hun it came, and then tried to sleep or hide under the quilt to make sure the dead could not see his family members. Otherwise, the dead would worry about living people which impedes his rebirth. When the incense was finished, it represents the po soul is leaving and entering to the “yellow spring”. After that, living …show more content…
According to the perspective of Chinese Buddhims, they also believe the concept of karma and rebirth as well as Hinduism. In Chinese Buddhism, they believe after death, soul will be judged and punished in the underworld and the condonable soul is able to be redemptive if the living family take responsibility for the dead in the underworld (Weigand, p126). The example of taking responsible for dead which described by Weigand who states, “the family tries to help the soul on its journey to the underworld and through the various courts of Hell by offering food and spirit money” (Weigand, p126). Interestingly, the ritual practice of offering rice ball have similar impact as paper money offering in Chinese. Hinduism believe the support and offering from living descendents provided for dead produce effect on the rebirth of the soul. Depends on the description from Allen, he describes after ten days after death, it is essential to destroy the physical body and transform to preta. In order to achieve, the living descendents cooked rice ball and pour sesame seed every day until 10 or 13 days as nourishment and offering to decedents so that soul can be released and go to the heaven, otherwise the soul would become ghost and bring unfortunate to living family relatives. (Allen, p 94). Moreover, the Hinduism believe the quality of life after death depends on their living …show more content…
According to Blake (2011), he states “many literati opposed the custom from its beginning, every modern regime, out of concern for taste, waste, fraud, and nowadays fire hazards and pollution, has tried to discourage, even suppress the practice. However, in my opinion, burning paper money is appealing and indispensable. Burning paper money is a process of transmitting information to departed family and the deceased could perceived. I believe the soul of a deceased live their way in netherworld is similar in the living world. They also have material requirements, such as shopping, working and eating. There is saying that if deceased relative either encountered some obstacles or out of money, they will ask for help from their offspring and appear in the dream. If offspring ignored, the soul of the deceased will come to home and possessed on their offspring which result in sickness and uncomfortable. I have been heard from my mother that she dreamed about my grandmother who had past away for 10 years because she did not offering paper money or food for my grandma on time.To my surprise, after communicating with my grandma while burning paper money, she would not in my mother’s

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