The Top Most Scariest Asian Ghosts

Asian Ghosts

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Whether you believe in ghosts or not doesnâ??t mean others arenâ??t intimidated by them. Some cultures believe in ghosts and even respect them.

For example the Chinese religion is based on ancestor worship. They believe your ancestors continue to exist after their death, so you must respect ghosts. It is actually a very interesting concept that promotes the unity of family and lineage.

Ancestor worship is reported to be declining in Chinese areas that were religiously oppressed under the hostile Communist regime; although rural areas as well as Taiwan continue to honor their ancestors. Through yearly festivals the Chinese people try to keep ghosts happy and peaceful. They follow rituals for their deceased and make offerings. Though not all ghosts are peaceful, some will actually cause trouble. Here are some different types of  Asian ghosts that are violent:

Gu Hun Ye Gui

-A wandering ghost that wants to take their revenge for a wrongful death.

Nu Gui

-The ghost of a woman who has committed suicide due to sexual abuse or wrongness. She is vengeful and seeks revenge.

Shui Gui

-This is the ghost of someone who has drowned but continues living in water. Think of it as a water ghost. They will attack their victims by dragging them underwater and drowning them. Afterwards the ghost will take possession of the victimâ??s body.

Wu Tou Gui

-A headless ghost which roams around blindly.

Ancient Asian Ghosts

The Maiden in White

The Maiden in White is a story about a young man who marries a woman. On their wedding day the bride tells him they will be together forever, but she has to go back to her home that night. When the young man walks her to the temple doors she walks away and disappears a hundred feet out. He runs to where he saw her disappear and searches and searches only finding a clump of bright lilies. The young man takes the lilies home and finds the ring he gave her inside the clump. Right then and there he realizes that he had just married a ghost. She disappeared and the ring fell through the air. Soon after the young man became very ill and within ten days he was dead.

Story from Jiyi ji by Xue Yongruo

Pretty White Dress

In a similar story as the Maiden in White, a man named Zhong Yao begins to be troubled by a girl. He tells heâ??s friends that she often comes to visit him. He also appeared very pained, and his friends realized what was happening. They told him that a human was not visiting him, but rather a ghost. They told him that she is harmful and that he must kill her. Although Zhong didnâ??t want to kill the girl he knew he would eventually fade into nothingness if he continued to fall for her charms. The dead have the effect of sucking the life out of living people. He made up his mind and he knew she was an evil spirit. On the day she came to visit him, she would not enter the house and told him she knew he wanted to kill her. After much hesitation Zhong picked up his knife and tried killing her. After struggling with her, he cut her leg and she managed to escape. The next day he and his friends followed the trail of blood and it led to a coffin in the cemetery. They dug up the coffin and opened it where a dead beautiful young woman lay. She looked as fresh and alive as when he had seen her.

From Sousenji by Gan Bao

Asian Ghosts in Movies

These are some of the scariest ghosts in Asian movies. Although they are not based on true stories, they make real ghosts all the scarier.

The Ghost Inside (2005)

The Ghost Inside

This movie is the most expensive horror story ever made in China during itâ??s time. It tells the story of a young mother, Lin Xiaoyue, who runs away from an abusive husband with her young daughter. She rents an apartment where another young mother used to live that threw her daughter out of her window before doing the same thing herself. The ghost slowly reveals itself to Lin and tells her she will one day commit suicide the same way. When Linâ??s husband arrives at the apartment late one night, he intends to take Linâ??s daughter by force. Lin then considers killing her daughter by throwing her off the balcony to save her from her abusive dad. The ghost encourages Lin to push her off but the police arrive and she is put into a psychiatric institute.

Carved (2007)

This may very well be one of the scariest Asian ghost story. The plot follows a disfigured woman ghost. She had been severely abused by her husband in her lifetime, who had cut her mouth all the way to her cheeks with a pair of scissors. After her death she wondered the streets of her town in a mask and sweeping coat. She would then find a victim and ask them if she looked pretty. If the victim answered that she wasnâ??t they would be killed in a horrible way.


Read more ancient Asian ghost stories here.

Article written by Octavian Ristea.

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  1. I wouldn’t want to run across the lady from Carved! I honestly wouldn’t worry about ghosts or demons roaming the streets but rather the living psychopaths that are dangerous to society. Gives me the chills just thinking about it.

  2. Great! The Smiling Woman is included in your selection Octavian. I saw clips of an old version of this movie about this famous Japanese ghost and it looks really scary. I’ve got to try and get that movie. I’ll search around in the local video shops.

    From the clips, I think she smiles and her whole face opens up :0

    I think Japanese movies are the scariest as they really are genuinely scared of ghosts, where as in the West we are a little bit more skeptical as to whether they exist or not.

    Going to hunt around for ‘The Ghost Inside too’ 🙂

  3. I think that’s what you mean about her mouth….

    I think the Japanese are scared of ghosts as much as the west is scared of demons. Christianity makes people believe in demons (Paranormal Activity film) while the Japanese don’t believe in hell as something negative. It is more of an underworld. The same way red is viewed as a bad color in the West and in China it usually means good luck. Makes it hard for international web designers to create similar moods 😀

    I am not really a fan of horror movies. If you want a good scare you should try playing this game It is credited as the scariest game ever made. You need to play it at dark with headphones. Short story short I’ve never finished it because I get too scared 😛

  4. Woow! Just checked out the link – not a pretty site 😉 I’ve got to get my hands on this movie in the near future.
    My personal favourite scary movies are ‘The Ring’, ‘The Grudge’, ‘The Eye’ and for Thai films . . . ‘Twins’ and ‘Pee Chong Air’.

  5. Don’t forget The Ring and The Grudge movie. Those two movies scared the hell out of me! Asian horror movies are really good with ghost stories. I also watched The Ghost Inside. It’s also a good one. Well every time I watch horror films, I can’t go to the comfort room alone. Too scared! haha 🙂

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