One of the prayer rituals conducted during the Da Zhai ceremony is the touring of the Ten Hall of Justice in hell. (Please don’t be mistaken, we are not going to bring anyone to tour the hell).
In Taosim, we believe that each individual hall has different kind of judgement and punishment for different kind of wrong doing. The purposes of this ritual is to make known to the deceased the kind of punishment one will received for the wrong doing they have committed during their life time. It also served as a teaching to the family members to refrain from committing any wrong doing during their life time so that they will not suffer from such punishment after they pass on.
In this ritual, the Taoist Priest will lead the family members to circle around an artifact castle (望乡台). The chanting narrates the different kind of punishment in the ten different halls of justice.
It was said that those who have not commit serious wrong doing during their life time will be allow to be brought up to the top of the castle by the guard. He or she could see and hear the chanting of the Taoist Priest and also the happening of the family members in the living world. But for those who have committed serious wrong doing, they can only stay at the foot of the castle. They can only hear the chanting and the voice of their family members but unable to see them. This is somehow a kind of punishment for their wrong doing.
The ritual will end once the Taoist Priest complete the chanting of the prayers of the ten hall of Justice.