Paranormal tours: JiangShi

Posted: November 13, 2013 in Paranormal tours of Jiangshi
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Paranormal tours of the legende of the Xiangxi Ganshi

Location: Hunan province, China

Paranormal tours:Xiangxi Ganshi

A jiangshi also known as a Chinese “hopping” vampire or zombie, is a type of reanimated corpse in Chinese
legends and folklore. “Jiangshi” is read goeng-si in Cantonese, cương thi in Vietnamese, gangshi in Korean and
kyonshī in Japanese. It is typically depicted as a stiff corpse dressed in official garments from the Qing
Dynasty, and it moves around by hopping, with its arms outstretched. It kills living creatures to absorb their
qi, or “life force”, usually at night, while in the day, it rests in a coffin or hides in dark places such as
caves. Jiangshi legends have inspired a genre of jiangshi films and literature in Hong Kong and East Asia.


There is a tradition in the west of Hunan province which called “soul displacement” yiling (移靈) or “walking
dead” xingshi (行屍). These are connected to the secret of the jiangshi. The Taoists of maoshan was able to
bring the deads back to their tomb in their hometown. They escorted the dead in the night. Sometimes they tied
the dead one by one with a rope and paste a talisman at every deads’ face. The Taoist in the front of the
deads shaked a bell or hitted a gong for driving away the bad ghosts and informing the passangers at night to
step aside of their way. The Taoists had to find a shelter before sunrise. Once, they were in the shelter, the
Taoists pull down the talismans which allow the deads walking at night. And then, the standing dead was
supported by the wall and wait until the sunset. After the sunset, they started their journey again.



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