In Taiwanese tradition, the seventh lunar month is known as “Ghost Month.” This year, this Far Eastern Allhallows runs from August 22 through September 19 in the Gregorian calendar.
For Island Folklore‘s fourth series, five posts featuring Taiwan’s customs and ghost stories are presented to mark Taiwan’s Ghost Month. Enjoy!
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- Ghost Month (7 September 2017)
The seventh lunar month is widely known in Taiwan as Guǐyuè, literally “Ghost Month.”
- Under the Hala Tree (I) (21 September 2017)
Beneath the Hala Tree, a tragic maiden’s spirit lingers. This is her tale.
- Under the Hala Tree (II) (5 October 2017)
Part II of the tragic, bloody tale of the Lady of the Hala Trees.
- The Ghost and the Fisherman (19 October 2017)
Ghost stories are not always scary. This is one characterized by joy, friendship and kindness.
- In the Shadows (2 November 2017)
Fairies, genies and yōkai—Eurasian hinterlands are home to mythical beings, like Taiwan’s “mô-sîn-á.”