Procession of Nine Emperor Gods or Kew Leong Yah 2017 in Penang ~ Part 2   4 comments


Procession of Nine Emperor Gods or Kew Leong Yah 2017 in Penang

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival is a nine-day Taoist celebration beginning on the eve of 9th lunar month of the Chinese calendar, nine-emperor-gods-festival-celebrated-with-primarily in Southeast Asian countries such as MyanmarMalaysiaThailand and Indonesia by the local Chinese communities. Strict vegetarian diet must be observed for the nine days.

Procession of Nine Emperor Gods or Kew Leong Yah 2017 in Penang ~ Part 2

Procession of Nine Emperor Gods or Kew Leong Yah 2017 in Penang ~ Part 2

Procession of Nine Emperor Gods or Kew Leong Yah 2017 in Penang ~ Part 2

Procession of Nine Emperor Gods or Kew Leong Yah 2017 in Penang ~ Part 2

Procession of Nine Emperor Gods or Kew Leong Yah 2017 in Penang ~ Part 2

Procession of Nine Emperor Gods or Kew Leong Yah 2017 in Penang ~ Part 2

Extracted from Wikipedia:-

Introduction to the Nine Emperor Gods

The Nine Emperor Gods Jiǔ Huáng Xīng Jūn / Jiǔ Huáng Da Di (九皇星君/九皇大帝) are the nine sons manifested by Father Emperor Zhou Yu Dou Fu Yuan Jun (斗父周御國王天尊) and Mother of the Big Dipper Dou Mu Yuan Jun (斗母元君) who holds the Registrar of Life and Death. The worship of Dou Fu Yuan Jun has declined strongly as proper teachings of Taoism degenerate since being exported out of China. Today, most Nine Emperor God temples do not acknowledge the existence of Dou Fu Yuan Jun. However, Dou Fu Yuan Jun is invoked alongside Dou Mu Yuan Jun in Great Dipper Honouring known as Li Dou (禮斗) ceremonies. According To Priest Long Hua, the 35th Generation Leader of Long Shan Men Taoist Sect (Singapore), honouring the Northern Dipper stars prolongs one’s life, eliminate calamities, and absolves sins and past debts of oneself and his family.

The term Ye (爺) as in Jiu Huang Ye (九皇爺) loosely translates as “Grandfather”, a title worshipers commonly use to bring a more intimate relationship between themselves and the Nine Emperors. The Nine Emperor Gods should not be mixed up with the Wang Ye or Princes of the Ming rebels. Popular folk culture has it that the Nine Emperor Gods are actually sea pirates of the Ming dynasty that plotted to overthrow the Qing dynasty. According to Priest Long Hua, this information is inaccurate and considered derogatory to the actual teachings of Taoism as the Nine Emperor Gods are actually high-ranking Star Lords who preside over the movement of planets and coordinate mortal Life and Death issues.

The Nine Emperors is formed by the seven stars of the Big Dipper of the North Ursa Major (visible) and two assistant stars (invisible to most people). The Nine Emperor Stars are:

  1. Tan Lang Tai Xing Jun (貪狼太星君)1st Star (Visible) Bayer: α UMa
  2. Ju Men Yuan Xing Jun (巨門元星君) 2nd Star (Visible) Bayer: β UMa
  3. Lu Cun Zhen Xing Jun (祿存貞星君) 3rd Star (Visible) Bayer: γ UMa
  4. Wen Qu Niu Xing Jun (文曲紐星君) 4th Star (Visible) Bayer: δ UMa
  5. Lian Zhen Gang Xing Jun (玉廉貞綱星君) 5th Star(Visible) Bayer: ε UMa
  6. Wu Qu Ji Xing Jun (武曲紀星君) 6th Star(Visible) Bayer: ζ UMa
  7. Po Jun Guan Xing Jun (破軍關星君) 7th Star (Visible) Bayer: η UMa
  8. Zuo Fu Da Dao Xing Jun (左輔大道星君) 8th Star (Invisible)
  9. You Bi Da Dao Xing Jun (右弼大道星君) 9th Star (Invisible)

    Nine Emperor Gods Festival celebration in popular folk culture

    On the eve of the ninth moon, temples of the deities hold a ceremony to invoke and welcome the nine emperors. Since the arrival of the gods is believed to be through the waterways, processions are held from temples to the sea shore or river to symbolize this belief. Devotees dressed in traditional white, carrying incense and candles, await the arrival of their excellencies.

    A carnival-like atmosphere pervades the temple throughout the nine-day festival. During this period of time, the constant tinkling of a prayer bell and chants from the temple priests are heard. Most devotees stay at the temple, eat vegetarian meals and recite continuous chanting of prayer. It is believed that there will be rain throughout the nine days of celebration.

    The ninth day of the festival is its climax. A procession which draws scores of devotees sends the deities back home.

4 responses to “Procession of Nine Emperor Gods or Kew Leong Yah 2017 in Penang ~ Part 2

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  1. It seems to me that all religions are alike in many ways. I remember my birth country–Guatemala C.A. The celebration of the Christian religion was somewhat similar in a smaller scale to this festival. Interesting information. I’m glad I visited. And? Thanks for your faithful visits and comments. 🙂

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    • Religions create goodwill and friendship and not ill-will, war and hatred.

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      • I agree, but! that’s the part that we of good hearts know and practice. In the other hand? Observe what is happening now that the end is upon us.

        Exactly the way it was prophesied. Hate and division in the name of religion. Not my idea. But the reality.

        Anyhow, believe me. I write not my opinion or ideas, and it hurts! I been into religion all of my life. My family, my brothers and sisters? All goodwill and friendship was replaced with ill will big time! Why?
        Because my time came to answer the call to serve my Creator.

        But! The Almighty is a Mighty One of Justine. My loved ones are now returning. People is responding, not to me, but to the Creator. He will restore us to the original intent for our Creation.

        Religion had nothing to do with that intent.

        O but how blessed we are! Soon, we will not be worrying about religion or anything.

        We all be of one accord in the Father’s house. He is bringing us all back home where we belong!

        Your response is welcome. 🙂

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      • Thank you for your kind opinion and thoughts.

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