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Wayang Kulit or Shadow Puppet Show ~ Act 1   Leave a comment


Wayang Kulit or Shadow Puppet Show ~ Act 1

Wayang (Krama Javanese: “Shadow”), also known as Wajang, is a form of puppet theatre art found in Indonesia and other parts of Southeast Asia, wherein a dramatic story is told through shadows thrown by puppets and sometimes combined with human characters. The art form celebrates the Indonesian culture and artistic talent, its origins are traced to medieval era spread of Hinduism and the arrival of leather-based puppet arts called Tholu bommalata from southern India.

Wayang refers to the entire dramatic show. Sometimes the leather puppet itself is referred to as wayang. Performances of shadow puppet theatre are accompanied by a gamelan orchestra in Java, and by gender wayang in Bali. The dramatic stories play out mythologies, such as episodes from the Hindu epics the Ramayana, the Mahabharata as well as local adaptions of cultural legends. Traditionally, a wayang is played out in a ritualized midnight to dawn show by a dalang – an artist and spiritual leader, and people watch the show from both sides of the screen.

UNESCO designated wayang kulit, a shadow puppet theatre and the best known of the Indonesian wayang, as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity on 7 November 2003. In return for the acknowledgment, UNESCO required Indonesians to preserve their heritage. Wayang has also been a significant historical art form in MalaysiaThailandCambodia and Laos.

Extracted from Wikipedia.

Wayang Kulit or Shadow Puppet Show ~ Act 1

Wayang Kulit or Shadow Puppet Show ~ Act 1

Wayang Kulit or Shadow Puppet Show ~ Act 1

Wayang Kulit or Shadow Puppet Show ~ Act 1

Wayang Kulit or Shadow Puppet Show ~ Act 1

Wayang Kulit or Shadow Puppet Show ~ Act 1

These photographs were taken in 2012 at the George Town Festival GTF 2012. I have just edited these photographs in 2017. See Act 2 tomorrow.

These photographs showed the Buddhist-like Prayers Ceremony before the actual commencement of main show of Wayang Kulit.

SP Lim

Lor Chu or Urn Keeper of Mazu Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi of Penang   Leave a comment


Lor Chu or Urn Keeper of Mazu Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi of Penang

Got selected again as Lor Chu (Urn Keeper) of Mazu Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi Penang this year 2017. I was the Lor Chu in 2015.

SP Lim

 

Mazu (goddess)

Mazu, also known by several other names and titles, is a Chinese sea goddess, the deified form of the historical Lin Mo or Lin Moniang, a Fujianese shamaness traditionally dated to c. 960 – c. 987. Revered after her death as a patron of seafarers, including fishermen and sailors, her worship spread throughout China’s coastal regions and expatriate communities throughout Southeast Asia. She was thought to roam the seas, protecting her believers through miraculous interventions. She is now generally regarded by her believers as a powerful and benevolent Queen of Heaven, a role in which she is sometimes syncretized with similar figures, such as Guanyin and the Virgin Mary. Mazuism is most popular on Taiwan; her temple festival is a major event throughout the country, with the largest celebrations around her temples at Dajia and Beigang. It is a notionally illegal cult in the People’s Republic of China but is broadly tolerated and sometimes conflated with approved Taoist beliefs.

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Blogger is the selected Lor Chu or Urn Keeper of Mazu Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi of Penang

Blogger is the selected Lor Chu or Urn Keeper of Mazu Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi of Penang,

Blogger is the selected Lor Chu or Urn Keeper of Mazu Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi of Penang,

Blogger is the selected Lor Chu or Urn Keeper of Mazu Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi of Penang,

Blogger is the selected Lor Chu or Urn Keeper of Mazu Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi of Penang,

 

Names and titles

In addition to Mazu[or Ma-tsu, meaning “Maternal Ancestor” “Mother”, “Granny”, or “Grandmother”, Lin Moniang is worshipped under various other names and titles:

  • Mazupo (“Granny Mazu”), a popular name in Fujian
  • Linghui Furen (“Lady of Numinous Grace”), an official title conferred in 1156.
  • Linghui Fei (“Princess of Numinous Grace”), an official title conferred in 1192.
  • Tianfei (“Princess of Heaven”), fully Huguo Mingzhu Tianfei (“Illuminating Princess of Heaven who Protects the Nation”), an official title conferred in 1281.
  • Huguo Bimin Miaoling Zhaoying Hongren Puji Tianfei (“Heavenly Princess who Protects the Nation and Shelters the People, of Marvelous Numen, Brilliant Resonance, Magnanimous Kindness, and Universal Salvation”), an official title conferred in 1409.
  • Tianhou (“Queen of Heaven”), an official title conferred in 1683, which appears as Tin Hau in Cantonese and Thien Hau in Vietnamese contexts
  • Tianshang Shengmu (“Holy Heavenly Mother”) or Tianhou Shengmu
  • Tongxian Lingnü (“Worthy & Efficacious Lady”)
  • Shennü (“Divine Woman”)
  • Zhaoxiao Chunzheng Fuji Ganying Shengfei (“Holy Princess of Clear Piety, Pure Faith, and Helpful Response”), an official title conferred during the reign of the Hongwu Emperor of the Ming.

Although many of Mazu’s temples honor her titles Tianhou and Tianfei, it became customary to never pray to her under those names during an emergency since it was believed that, hearing one of her formal titles, Mazu might feel obligated to groom and dress herself as properly befitting her station before receiving the petition. Prayers invoking her as Mazu were thought to be answered more quickly.

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From my Photo Archives ~ VII   Leave a comment


From my Photo Archives ~ VII

Dear fellow Relatives, Bloggers, Friends, Associates and All.

Thank for your patience and tolerance as finally my internet is back for a while. I am using this window of opportunity to upload my photographs from my archives first. Apologies.

SP Lim

The Kavadi Carrier

Memories of the Year of the Goat   1 comment


Memories of the Year of the Goat

Thanks to Michael Chuan for taking this photograph … posing like a “goat”. Hahaha.

Memories of the Year of the Goat

Memories of the Year of the Goat

Chinese New Year Festival 2017 in Penang   1 comment


Chinese New Year Festival 2017 in Penang

Chinese New Year Festival 2017 in Penang

Chinese New Year Festival 2017 in Penang

Chinese New Year Festival 2017 in Penang

Chinese New Year Festival 2017 in Penang

Chinese New Year Festival 2017 in Penang

Chinese New Year Festival 2017 in Penang

Chinese New Year Festival 2017 in Penang

Chinese New Year Festival 2017 in Penang

Chinese New Year Festival 2017 in Penang

Chinese New Year Festival 2017 in Penang

Chinese New Year Festival 2017 in Penang

Chinese New Year Festival 2017 in Penang

 

Chinese New Year Festival 2017 in Penang   1 comment


Chinese New Year Festival 2017 in Penang

Chinese New Year Festival 2017 in Penang

Chinese New Year Festival 2017 in Penang

Chinese New Year Festival 2017 in Penang

Chinese New Year Festival 2017 in Penang

Chinese New Year Festival 2017 in Penang

Chinese New Year Festival 2017 in Penang

Chinese New Year Festival 2017 in Penang

Chinese New Year Festival 2017 in Penang

Chinese New Year Festival 2017 in Penang

Chinese New Year Festival 2017 in Penang

Chinese New Year Festival 2017 in Penang

Chinese New Year Festival 2017 in Penang

Chinese New Year Festival 2017   1 comment


Chinese New Year Festival 2017

Chinese New Year Festival 2017

Chinese New Year Festival 2017

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