A Chinese story to make you shiver this Halloween!

Chinese folklore is full of spooky ghost stories, many of them written down for the first time in collections of stories or novels in the 15th and 16th centuries. One of the most popular is that of the ‘hung ghost’.

Read on to listen to our narration and find out more about the story!

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In Chinese, a hung ghost is called 吊死鬼 (diào sǐ guǐ) meaning the ghost of a person who committed suicide by hanging, rather than someone punished at the gallows.  Multiple folktales, all with slightly different plots, tell of hung ghosts who appear at night and tempt passers-by to hang themselves too.

According to the folktales, if you see a hung ghost at night, you should never look them in the eye or they will use various methods to get you to hang yourself as well. Hung ghosts are usually shown with long, red tongues sticking out of their mouths, and in modern popular culture, they are often women with long, dark hair, wearing white. 

Next time we’ll be concluding the Chinese version of Cinderella! Let us know in the comments below if you enjoy our narrations. We always love hearing your thoughts and insights! 

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