Kuei

Kuei
(as used in expressions)
Kuei yang
Kuei chou
Ch'in Kuei
Wu San kuei
Hsia Kuei

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▪ Chinese spirit

      (Chinese: “ghost,” or “demon”), in indigenous Chinese religion, a troublesome spirit that roams the world causing misfortune, illness, and death.

      Kuei are spirits of individuals who were not properly buried or whose families neglected the proper memorial offerings; they lack the means to ascend to the spirit world, hence their malevolent disposition. In traditional China, numerous protective rituals and talismans were devised to ward kuei away from the family abode, and the main entrance was usually screened by a protective “shadow wall.” See also shen.

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