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Ghost month rituals honoring ancestors?

Discussion in 'Dharmic Religions DIR' started by pectin232, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. pectin232

    pectin232 New Member

    Jun 18, 2017
    What does the process of south east asia ghost month of possibly honoring the ancestors mean during this period. I am wondering if this includes siblings or extend more towards grandparents and great grandparents only?
  2. Aupmanyav

    Aupmanyav Be your own guru

    May 5, 2007
    I am an advaitist Hindu and a strong atheist.
    I can tell you about South Asia/India. It is not a month but really two fortnights called Shrāddha Paksha.
    Vernal: Not sure of the dates but it was before 28th of March, 2017. Finding exact date will mean asking my mother or wife for the religious calendar.
    Autumnal: Sept 5 -19, 2017

    It is not considered a 'ghost month' here. The ancestors are considered like demi-Gods and respected. We will hold rituals for all departed male and female members of the family (including maternal grand parents, maternal uncles and aunt if they did not have children) for three generations. Ancestors beyond that are supposed to have merged into one, therefore, a common offering for them. The rituals include prayers, fasts, bathing in sacred rivers or water bodies, not shaving, not having sex, abstaining from non-vegetarian food and charity in the names of the ancestors. All people may not observe detailed rituals. What a person does will be his/her choice. It is a solemn period for us and not boisterous like it may be in South-East Asia and Latin America.
    #2 Aupmanyav, Jun 19, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2017