The hungry ghost explainedPosted: July 16, 2014 | |
… and that’s why he’s hungry
…or so I thought, until I did more research…
Let me explain. I was surfing the net for inspiration for my next cartoon. Sometimes I like to draw cartoons that play on words or phrases. I found myself on an idiom site that listed popular sayings, of which ‘hungry ghost’ was one of them. I hadn’t heard of the saying before and the site didn’t offer an explanation, so I just assumed it referred to someone who is always hungry – just like a ghost would be because the food goes straight through them.
Well, I was wrong and should have realised that I was being a bit too literal with my interpretation. After drawing the cartoon I hunted the web for a definition and it didn’t take me long to find out how wrong I was. For those of you as unfamiliar with this one as I was, here’s what dictionary.com said
‘in Buddhism, a supernatural being filled with more desire than it can consume’
and provided this example
‘The hungry ghost is often depicted with large belly and tiny mouth, a metaphor for people futilely attempting to fulfil their illusory physical desires.’
Have you ever misinterpreted some of those funny english sayings before?
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