Ghosts have a hold on Taiwan culture – Mark Magnier

From Los Angeles Times via The Seattle Times:

In Taiwan, ghosts are rarely a laughing matter. On TV, in conversation, at temples and in the recesses of the unconscious, they maintain a grip on island society. Taiwanese are ghost-crazy, or rather, crazy to avoid them. A recent survey of Taipei college students found 87 percent were believers; some say that could be on the low side.

“I’d say the other 13 percent would probably hedge their bets if you questioned them closer,” says Marc Moskowitz, an anthropologist at Lake Forest College in Illinois who has studied Taiwan’s spirit beliefs. “Many Taiwanese feel it’s best not to anger the ghosts, just in case they do exist.” [Full Text]

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