Art Spotlight: Beating the Ghost


Beat the ghost! (Gavin Quirke/Lonely Planet Images/Getty

Seeing as we just re-published our pineal gland episode, I thought it fitting to share this image from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of Da Gui, or "Beating the Ghost." It's more or less a ritual cleansing of evil spirits, carried out from the 29th day of the first month to the first day of the second month of the Chinese lunar calendar, according to China Daily. And so here we see a couple of the ghosts, resplendent in their leering skull masks, complete with a wide third eye -- an absolutely fabulous design.


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.