Archive for January 23, 2016

The completed job of the Door Guardians/Gods   1 comment

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The completed job
I was on my way to a meeting at my Clansmen Temple at Ah Quee Street, George Town, Penang and I purposely went to the Association Temple to photograph the completed Door Guardians’ Door. Yes, it was indeed completed with the red background painted. Our skilled artist and craftman Uncle Khong at the age of 71 years, was painting the facial features of the diety idol – this one of the three sworn brothers of the “Romance of the Three Kindom” of China.
After brief and fast shooting for 10 minutes, I was making my way to my 4.00 pm meeting Kew Leong Tong Lim Kongsi just in time. I am a Committee Member of the Management Committee there.

SP Lim
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From Wikipedia:-
Door God
A door god (simplified Chinese: 门神; traditional Chinese: 門神; pinyin: ménshén) is a Chinese decoration placed on each side of an entry to a temple, home, business, etc., which is believed to keep evil spirits from entering. It is also seen in other East Asian countries such as Korea, Japan and Vietnam.

The custom of pasting pictures of door gods on doors dates back to ancient China. In the Han dynasty, people believed that peach wood has spiritual properties and can ward off evil spirits so they started making auspicious carvings on peach wood and hanging them around their homes. Following the invention of paper, paper gradually replaced peach wood as people started drawing and writing on paper instead. In earlier times, Shentu and Yulü were the most common choice for door gods. People drew portraits of them on paper and pasted them on doors. In the Tang dynasty, two generalsQin Qiong and Yuchi Gong – became door gods when Emperor Taizong ordered portraits of them to be made and pasted on gates in the hope of attracting good luck and scaring away evil spirits. Other folklore heroes and mythological figures were subsequently added to the repertoire.

The door gods usually come in pairs, facing each other; it is considered bad luck to place the figures back-to-back. There are many different door gods, of which the most common ones are Qin Qiong and Yuchi Gong. Portraits of Wei Zheng or Zhong Kui are used on single doors.

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