Mourning from the Living Ghosts
There used to be some theories about ghost haunting and mental patients. Why insane people become insane? This doesn’t sound like a very rational question, but, think further. The word insane from a dictionary would mean mental disorder, and from a thesaurus you will find alike meanings of crazy, fanatical, obsessive, zealous, fervent. It is all about how one’s mind being diverted from reality to another realm.
A mentally ill person may be physically perfect fit. But his mind is being distorted. Some may be memory-lost forgetting who he is; some may imagine himself as being another person; some may carry himself in strange behaviour not like his normal self; some would live in his own imaginative world – his own fantasy. Usually mental patients have one or more of these symptoms.
Scientifically abnormal psychology studies about how and why people become mentally distorted. Distortion usually would come after some impacts that are logically explainable, such as experiencing an ordeal, a great shock or a physical brain damage, etc. There are however other kinds of ‘impacts’ that are of spiritual. One who practices black-magic will become obsessed in witch-craft, the power, the wonders from which really fantasize him. His parents and teachers may say, you will become crazy one day. Yes, that is the kind of ‘impact’ which drives him insane one day when he goes on.
The above example is a voluntary way of becoming insane. A person chooses to let his mind be influenced. Another kind of obsession may come by forcibly. Possession, it is. Something from external enters his body and grabs his soul. This may be through unknowingly one of his senses – seeing, hearing, feeling and thinking. As we all know that human takes mind over body. We do what our brain tells us to do. What if some external force takes over the control? You are possessed, and will do or say things other people perceive as crazy.
Sadly speaking, among many mentally sick patients especially those incurable ones could be due to paranormal. The external forces are too stubborn not to go away; the possession or the obsession is too strong from which the patient cannot wake up. They would then act and behave no different from a living ghost.
For many years in Singapore, those mentally ill patients are rejected and isolated from our society for obvious reasons. The Woodbridge Institute of Mental Health (better known as IMH) is set up near Hougang to cater for those patients. Along Buangkok Link, just next to IMH there is a Sun Love Home, Pelangi Home and Woody Lodge that used to be home for the old folks. Until recently, Woody Lodge was a home for the mentally infirm. Many apparently lived there until they died, and, because it is believed that the souls of the mad remain earth-bound after death, the area is rumoured to be haunted.
Nowadays, Woody Lodge is somewhat vacant. But if you walk near it at night, you will always hear one or two ear piercing screams from inside, possibly from the incurable mental patients. Are they screams from the living ghosts or living patients who can see ghosts? It is a very scary experience.
Killer Lilly Pond
At about 300 meters away from Woody Lodge situated Kampong Lorong Buang Kok. The year was 1979, two children mysteriously went missing near the lily pond after school. They were last seen walking towards the pond by their classmates. Madam Teng who was a widow and a mother of the two missing kids was very sad upon hearing the news. On the same day she went to the pond in the evening and the nearby forest for a desperate search, hopefully would find back her two kids. Just like the two missing kids, Madam Teng never return home. The neighbors on the next morning discovered her white dress in the pond. But, similar to the previous missing case of the two children, no body was found.
The whole village was very frightened over this strange incident as the news spread. Nobody dared to walk near the pond anymore. One day, however, three polytechnic students went to the pond for sightseeing. They gathered at the edge of the pond happily chattering till very late. One of the them with her feet dipping in the water. Suddenly she felt something was pulling her legs into the water. Her other two friends tried grapping her out. They struggled for quite some time before she was saved out of the water. On her leg, they saw a horrible wound with five long bleeding scratches. What more horrible is, as described by the girl who fell into the pond, there was a mid-age lady in white joining the rescue and together the lady helped pulling her up side by side with her two friends. The two friends just looked at each other speechless in tremendous fear.
This weird incident was then made known to the villagers. They all suspected it was due to some dirty thing and Madam Teng’s spirit in the pond. On a chosen auspicious day, the villagers sealed up the pond.
But weird happenings didn’t stop after the pond was sealed. Many villagers claimed that they saw Madam Teng’s spirit wandering in the forest after sunset. She seemed to be lost, moving swiftly and aimlessly from tree to tree. And she always wore a long white dress and her hairs were always wet, according to those witnesses who had glimpses of Madam Teng’s spirit.
The entrance to the kampong was a path leading through the forest. Nobody dared to go out at night as this had scared the whole village. The haunting of Madam Teng became more and more fierce. Children at night would suddenly cry out of nothing; the parents were all very afraid. Some children were old enough to speak said that they saw a white dress lady with wet hair suddenly appeared beside them and asked them where was her home. Some children who had not seen the spirit but encountered it in a way of feeling a light breath on their neck, and hearing whispers of Madam Teng asking ‘Where am I? Where is my home?’
The haunting had become quite serious. One night after a village meeting, the villagers decided to hold a ritual by a inviting a powerful dengkee from Ipoh. The dengkee after inspecting the whole area, speculated that one of the three ‘parts’ of Madam Teng’s soul was missing, possibly she lost it when she was going through some extreme frightening. (In Chinese belief, our human soul is comprised of three parts so to be complete – that was very hard to explain). But nobody knows what Madam Teng had encountered and why she lost one part of her soul, not even the dengkee himself. The dengkee said those without a complete soul would not be able to go to another realm after life, because the soul was incomplete. And the soul may not be able to come home for it was not conscious about the direction to go home. In other words, the incomplete soul will become earth-bound, usually at around the place where she died. The villagers felt that it was a mistake to seal off the pond too early. But it was too late.
The villagers became more afraid than ever because Madam Teng’s soul now had no senses, it and would blindly move around and frightened the kids. They pleaded the dengkee to do something about it. After thinking for many hours, the dengkee had an idea. He performed a ritual in front of Madam Teng’s house for seven consecutive nights and suggested getting a virgin who was born in the year of Snake or Horse draw a portrait of Madam Teng on the front door. Hence when the spirit happened to see the painting of her own, she would be reminded that was her home. A villager even suggested to paint a Madam Teng’s dream home on the wall as well. Madam Teng was in fact planning to purchase a condominium with her husband and move out from the kampong, when her husband who was a rich merchant to come back from Taiwan for good. Unfortunately her husband died just last year in a car accident and Madam Teng’s dream had not been realized.
After the ritual was finished and the paintings were drawn, no more sighting of the Madam Teng’s spirit was reported. Nowadays, a sofa donated by the neighbour was still placed outside Madam Teng’s house. It was meant to let Madam Teng rest on should she find her home. This kind-hearted neighour would even offer a bowl of rice with three joss-sticks inserted on top every night until she passed away only recently.
Today this urban legend had almost forgotten; only remembered by some elderly. And of course the house of Madam Teng, the sofa and the paintings on the door, are all deserted in a secluded kampong. The pond had been sealed long time ago. Very few people would know that there once existed a pond, and the paranormal things happened there before.
Where is Madam Teng’s incomplete spirit today? Did she go home already or to the other world? What happened to her two kids? What is weird about the lily pond? Perhaps only God knows the answers…
Inside the three altars you will find an almost complete range of Chinese idol deities.
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