What's the weirdest/oddest thing that you have ever heard of?
September 11, 2008 11:14pm CST
Mine is money for hell - called hell money that is given for the dead to spend. The world is peppered with all kinds of banknotes from its 200+ countries. Each note has its own name and value, ranging from the lowest denomination of Fiji's 1 penny to the highest denomination of Hungary's 100 million B-Pengo. My own country, the Philippines is the Guiness Book of World Records' current title holder for world's largest legal tender banknote: a 100000 peso bill 356mm x 216 (I own a smaller 2000 peso bill - 216mm x 133mm - the country's second largest legal tender banknote). Banknotes are so popular that as I type this Intel, hundreds of them are being generated, and millions are being circulated. They're so "always there" that we may have forgotten their importance and origin. Just imagine, if the money system was not developed you would still be paying some store clerk with a piece of, say, goat skin, in exchange for that beautiful piece of lingerie or for that pants you've been eyeing for quite some time now. You could argue, "What's the use of credit cards?" but then come to think of it these plastic things wouldn't really be so common these days if it were not for the advent of the money system! But have you ever heard of "hell money" or "hell banknotes"? This is the only currency that one can use to pay the King of Hell for safe passage or for an easier stay. You may think of it as a form of bribery or satanism, but actually it is not. This tradition is being practiced by the Chinese since time immemorial and flourished in modern times. "Hell" might instinctively make us cringe but for them it is just a place where souls pass through to somewhere better far beyond; it is simply the underworld. Some Christians are welcome to call this purgatory. This is contestable, of course, as you might have grown up believing that hell and purgatory are very very different places; but I am just using it as an analogy to underline that the Chinese belief on hell is not the same as ours on hell. Hell money is believed to not only provide safe passage but provide wealth for the dead person to spend in the afterlife that he/she may want to splurge on and make his/her stay in the underworld better. The Chinese ceremoniously burn these money over the dead person's coffin (or body) to 'send' it along with the person. The Chinese treat hell banknotes as sacred and not to be regarded in any way as a joke. The idea of a hell note might at first seem like an April fool's best-ever joke, but bringing that up to a Chinese person will get you in big trouble. These money can be bought from the internet in a variety of styles: do you want a plain banknote or you might want a fancier VISA? But be careful, owning one might bring you bad luck. And you definitely cannot give it to (a non-dead) somebody as a gift, no matter what your intentions are. Hell money? Believe it, it's for real. (First appeared on Qassia)
• United States
12 Sep 08
thats really interesting!! i wonder if anyone has taken the money to hell michigan (a town there)lol.. i think crap roses are a weird thing i have heard of.. these people would take cow sh1t and mold it into roses and then make a dozen and you can buy them to be delivered to people you hate.. i wonder if they are still in business.. i have a couple of dozen i need to buy.. im sure i have heard of weirder but that was all i could come up with right now.. i may be back haha
14 Sep 08
The weirdest thing that i heard in my life was the belief that earth is a hollow sphere with people living inside like a coconut shell. There is even an expedition happening late next year to actually see if this theory is true.