For a tiny red dot, we’ve certainly got more than our fair share of supernatural sightings. Everyone has seen or knows someone who’s seen a ghost. And with several different cultures on the same island, we’ve got to contend with ghastly apparitions that require different rituals for exorcism.

The worst kind of ghosts are those that pretend to be humans. I’m not talking about zombies here. I’m talking about ghosts that possess people and commit atrocities wearing flesh bags (i.e, us). If you think that’s cool (some people swing that way), think about the havoc they would wreak.

Would you want an otherworldly spirit logging into Facebook and liking all of your crush’s Facebook photos? Would you want to see yourself entering your contact details into every possible electronic mailer available? Would you want a ghost possessing you to purposely cancel your GrabTaxi rides so you have to pay a $2 cancellation fee?

Protect yourself today. Follow these six simple ghostbusting methods to ensure that you are always in control of your body.

1. Turn your entire body to respond to someone calling your name

Don't turn your head! Credit: Pixabay

Don’t turn your head! Credit: Pixabay

The Chinese believe that every person has three lights on their body – one on the forehead, and one on each shoulder. These lights shine ahead and protect you from ghosts, like the flashlights in Luigi’s Mansion.

Now, if you’re a ghost, you can minimise the effect of the light by calling out a person’s name from behind. That person will most likely just turn his or head, meaning you only have one light shining at you instead of the full blast of three.

So when you hear someone calling your name, even if it’s your mother screaming at you to bathe, remember to turn your entire body to respond!

2. Wear jade

Every Ah Ma's fashion accessory. Credit: Land of Jade Facebook Page

Every Ah Ma’s fashion accessory. Credit: Land of Jade Facebook Page

Apart from looking like Kryptonite, jade has some pretty nifty properties – like negating evil energy. It becomes brittle the more evil energy it negates, and jade that shatters naturally is said to have protected its wearer from many evil attacks. It’s also considered one of the most precious stones in Chinese culture.

3. Say “assalamualaikum” before you enter a house

Be careful who comes home with you. Credit: Pixabay

Be careful who comes home with you. Credit: Pixabay

It means “peace upon you”, and Muslims believe that this greeting will prevent any thing that might have followed you outside from going into your house and spending the night with you. It’s part of a longer verse from the Quran, and also applies when you enter someone else’s house.

You wouldn’t want a ghost to stay over at your friend’s house, right? So remember to say this when you go visiting.

4. Don’t draw on someone’s face when they are sleeping

Your spirit might not recognise you if you're the same colour as a Na'vi. Credit: Pixabay

Your spirit might not recognise you if you’re the same colour as a Na’vi. Credit: Pixabay

This is a frequent warning from grandmothers. When a person sleeps, they believe the spirit leaves their body and, I don’t know, catches a movie? A person wakes up when the spirit returns to the body.

But if the spirit can’t recognise the body, it might not return, and the person will end up sleeping forever. Why would that happen? Because you drew a moustache on your sister’s face.

So as funny as this may be, don’t draw on your friend’s face. Vandalise their books but keep their face intact.

5. Bring babies home before dusk

The mandatory sunset photo whenever the word sunset/dusk is mentioned. Credit: Pexels

The mandatory sunset photo whenever the word sunset/dusk is mentioned. Credit: Pexels

An Islamic belief advises parents to bring babies home before dusk, known as the Maghrib, because more evil spirits roam the world at that time. Babies, being young, are more susceptible to spiritual attack than adults, and should be in a safe place (their homes) when night falls.

Babies in general are also more susceptible to everything except social media, so it’s generally better to keep them at home anyway too.

6. Bathe before you leave the house/after returning home

Put your phone down and go bathe or you'll end up like this person in The Bye Bye Man. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Put your phone down and go bathe or you’ll end up like this person in The Bye Bye Man. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Water is a cleansing element in Chinese beliefs, and to bathe before you leave the house is also good fengshui since it rebalances your body. Bathing after you come home washes away any negative stuff that might have attached itself to you on the way home, ensuring that you have a good night’s sleep, free of negativity.

Also, isn’t it time you took a bath already? Hasn’t your mother been screaming for some time?

The Bye Bye Man. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

The Bye Bye Man. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

What could be worse than being possessed by an Asian ghost? Being possessed by a creature that exists because you think about it. The Bye Bye Man might sound cute, but he’s actually a horrible otherworldly being that can only be banished when you stop thinking about it. Can you stop thinking about a two-headed purple elephant now that I’ve mentioned it? Do you think you could stop thinking about The Bye Bye Man once it’s possessed you?

Let’s hope he, or it, doesn’t haunt your dreams tonight.

 

Credits: Pixabay, Land of Jade Facebook Page, Pixabay, Pixabay, Pexels, Golden Village Cinemas