Say Hong Chun or Boat of Sian Chye Tong   1 comment


Night of the Burning of the Say Hong Chun or Boat at Sian Chye Tong, Ayer Itam, Penang

Both of these joss paper images of the Tai Soo Yah and the Say Hong Chun (Boat) of Sian Chye Tong were burnt on the Saturday night of September 16, 2017.

SP Lim

Night of the Burning of the Tai Soo Yah and the Say Hong Chun or Boat at Sian Chye Tong, Ayer Itam, Penang

Night of the Burning of the Tai Soo Yah and the Say Hong Chun or Boat at Sian Chye Tong, Ayer Itam, Penang

Night of the Burning of the Tai Soo Yah and the Say Hong Chun or Boat at Sian Chye Tong, Ayer Itam, Penang

Night of the Burning of the Tai Soo Yah and the Say Hong Chun or Boat at Sian Chye Tong, Ayer Itam, Penang

Night of the Burning of the Tai Soo Yah and the Say Hong Chun or Boat at Sian Chye Tong, Ayer Itam, Penang

Night of the Burning of the Tai Soo Yah and the Say Hong Chun or Boat at Sian Chye Tong, Ayer Itam, Penang

Hungry ghost is a concept in Chinese Buddhism and Chinese traditional religion representing beings who are driven by intense emotional needs in an animalistic way. The term 餓鬼 èguǐ, literally “hungry ghost“, is the Chinese translation of the term preta in Buddhism. “Hungry ghosts” play a role in Chinese Buddhism and Taoism as well as in Chinese folk religion. The term is not to be confused with the generic term for “ghost“,  guǐ (i.e. the spirit of a deceased ancestor). The understanding is that all people become such a regular ghost when they die, and would then slowly weaken and eventually die a second time. Hungry ghosts, by contrast, are a much more exceptional case, and would only occur in very unfortunate circumstances, such as if a whole family were killed or when a family no longer venerated their ancestors.

With the rise in popularity of Buddhism, the idea became popular that souls would live in space until reincarnation. In the Taoist tradition it is believed that hungry ghosts can arise from people whose deaths have been violent or unhappy. Both Buddhism and Taoism share the idea that hungry ghosts can emerge from neglect or desertion of ancestors. According to the Hua-yen Sutra evil deeds will cause a soul to be reborn in one of six different realms. The highest degree of evil deed will cause a soul to be reborn as a denizen of hell, a lower degree of evil will cause a soul to be reborn as an animal, and the lowest degree will cause a soul to be reborn as a hungry ghost. According to the tradition, evil deeds that lead to becoming a hungry ghost are killing, stealing and sexual misconduct. Desire, greed, anger and ignorance are all factors in causing a soul to be reborn as a hungry ghost because they are motives for people to perform evil deeds.

Inserted from Wikipedia by SP Lim

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One response to “Say Hong Chun or Boat of Sian Chye Tong

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  1. I find your Dragon Boat fascinating and beautiful. Dragon boats have a historical significance here because they were the vessels of the Vikings back in the11th century and are part of our troubled UK history. The Viking boats were real seafaring vessels that are now understood to have crossed the Atlantic to discover North America before Columbus.

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