Caina is a Ghost nightfighter, one of the Emperor's elite spies and assassins, and few enemies of the Empire ever escape her cunning. Yet all Caina's wit and skill might not be enough to save her from a terrible fate. Sent to hunt down a cruel slave trader, Caina encounters something far darker. An ancient evil, a thing of legend and terror.
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There are many legends regarding the origin of hungry ghosts. In the Buddhist tradition there are stories from Chuan-chi po-yuan ching "Sutra of One Hundred Selected Legends" that is from the early third century. One story is of a rich man who traveled selling sugar-cane juice. One day a monk came to his house looking for some juice to cure an illness. The man had to leave, so he instructed his wife to give the monk the drink in his absence. Instead of doing this, she secretly urinated in the monk's bowl, added sugar cane juice to it and gave it to the monk.
The monk was not deceived, he poured out the bowl and left.
When the wife died she was reborn as a hungry ghost. Another such tale is of a man who was giving and kind. One day he was about to leave his house when a monk came by begging. The man instructed his wife to give the monk some food. After the man left his house his wife was overcome with greed. She took it upon herself to teach the monk a lesson, so she locked the monk in an empty room all day with no food.
She was reborn as a hungry ghost for innumerable lifetimes. Most times the legends speak of hungry ghosts who in a previous lifetime were greedy women who refused to give away food. One of the stories tells of a man who was a diviner who constantly misled people due to his own avarice and is now a hungry ghost. The story is about five hundred men that were sons of elders of the city they lived in. When monks came begging to the city for food, the sons denied them because they thought the monks would keep coming back and eventually take all their food.
After the sons died they were reborn as hungry ghosts. The Hungry Ghost Festival is celebrated during the 7th month of the Chinese calendar and Vietnamese calendar. These ghosts are believed to be ancestors of those who have forgotten to pay tribute to them after they died.
They have long thin necks because they have not been fed by their families. Tradition states that families should offer prayers to their deceased relatives and burn " hell money ". It is believed that "hell money" is a valid currency in the underworld and helps ghosts to live comfortably in the afterlife.
People also burn other forms of joss paper such as paper houses, cars and televisions to please the ghosts. Families also pay tribute to other unknown wandering ghosts so that these homeless souls do not intrude on their lives and bring misfortune. A big feast is held for the ghosts on the 15th day of the 7th month, where people bring samples of food and place them on the offering table to please the ghosts and ward off bad luck. Live shows are also put on and everyone is invited to attend. The first row of seats is always empty as this is where the ghosts are supposed to sit to better enjoy the live entertainment.
The shows are always put on at night and at high volumes, so that the sound attracts and pleases the ghosts. The chief Taoist priest of the town wears an ornate crown of five gold and red panels, a practice borrowed from Buddhism. He is believed to become their voice on earth. A sacrificial altar and a chair are built for a priest either at a street entrance or in front of the village.
The Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha sits in front of the chair. Under the chair are plates of rice flour and peaches. Sitting on the altar are three spirit tablets and three funeral banners. After noon, sheep, pigs, chicken, fruits, and cakes are donated by families that are displayed on the altar.
A priest will put a triangular paper banner of three colors with special characters on every sacrifice.
After the music begins to play, the priest hits the bell to call the hungry ghosts back to the table. He then throws the rice and peaches into the air in all directions to distribute them to the ghosts. During the evening, incense is burnt in front of the doors of households. His Last Command The Armour of Contempt Only in Death Salvation's Reach The Warmaster The Founding Omnibus Sabbat Worlds Sabbat Crusade The Victory Omnibus Part One Vermilion Level. You Never Know. Ghosts and Bad Shadows.
A rough chronology of the series, overlaid with the history of the Sabbat Worlds Crusade , as detailed in Dan Abnett 's background book.
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I love your books, and make a great editor! Note that this comment has spoilers! Straight Silver Instead of doing this, she secretly urinated in the monk's bowl, added sugar cane juice to it and gave it to the monk. Hi, have just finished reading Child of the Ghosts and enjoyed it very much. A writer never can predict it. Pulp it might be, but the story was engaging from page one and I read it in a couple of days and needed more.