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Monday, May 19, 2003

Another Margaret gem. If a scorned Chinese woman wants to return as a vengeful phantom, she must hang herself, wearing only red, at the stroke of midnight.

We again brought up the hair and Ring thing. Why is hair such a potent symbol in Chinese and Japanese ghost stories? Margaret suggested a number of reasons. Because hair is so intimate and so connected to one's being, those with a bent for revenge can use it to curse a victim. There is also perhaps the fact that it continues to grow after death. There is also the scene in Session Nine, where the greedy fellow scooping up coins from the crematorium ends up with a fistful of hair. Kind of a creepy Holocaust hair fear...why did the Victorians like to have hair pictures on their walls?

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