All posts tagged: ghost

A Diminished Custom

You’ve probably heard the famous quote of Joan Lowery Nixon before: “We don’t believe in ghosts, Mrs. Phipps.” “Don’t matter if you believe in them or not. If they’re there, they’re there.” So, I’d gone to bed last night with the expectation to see or hear from one, but nobody or nothing showed up. I have been a skeptic for a while now but I still have the curiosity concerning the unearthly hands that knock on so many people’s windows in the middle of the night. The day is Bhoot chaturdashi (Bengali Halloween in some ways) after all. The mythology that revolves around Bhoot Chaturdashi is —  When Danab Raj Bali  (fiend/monster king Bali) possessed the heaven, earth and abyss, he outset an indiscriminate carnage. No one was able to escape his rage, not even the divines. So to confine the offering rampage the preceptor of gods Brihaspati ( Jupiter ) delivered a plan to Vishnu. Vishnu then came down in the disguise of a saint and begged a land equal to the length of three steps from …

Halloween Inscriptions: Part – I চোদ্দোশাক, চোদ্দোবাতি

A foggy October’s evening..Two phantoms settle and talk in a bamboo-bush across a pond. Today is the day of warding off the evil spirit after all. The natives call it Bhoot Chaturdashi. They eat 14 kinds of leafy greens and light up 14 candles for the custom. Long ago, on these days, people would leave edibles in this bush. But now, they don’t reckon with such rituals anymore. No one cares either, else, in what sort of seriousness would a 10 years old shout “ayy, who’s sitting there…?” …..on a day like this! Lately, several foreign news have been surfacing…..They carve pumpkins to make ghost faces…Kids go door to door while dressing up like a ghost….It’s something, they call… Halloween. Whatever, those mores have never been in vogue here…Ones that remained are dwindling into the light in Banerjees’ new house’s yard. The phantoms become somewhat sad and start walking towards a ground.. The dairyman’s wife paces  towards home. She scrutinizes her surroundings repeatedly and cautiously. The day is Bhoot Chaturdashi after all; the phantoms are out there; wandering. Banerjees’ …