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Historical final burning of Prai’s Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 2   Leave a comment


Historical final burning of Prai’s Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 2

Historical event of the final burning of the Tai Soo Yah Paper Effigy at Prai Megamall, Penang, on Merdeka Day eve of Tuesday, August 30, 2016 as there shall be no paper effigy as from 2017. A permanent idol of Tai Soo Yah of over 12 feet in height shall be replacing this paper effigy in future. Thus, this permanent idol of Tai Soo Yah put an end to future burning of the Tai Soo Yah paper effigy – a logical economical decision.

I am glad and satisfied that I had recorded this historical event with Bertrand Linet, Allen Lim and Marilyn Ho in photographic records. There shall no burning of the Tai Soo Yah paper effigy next year but I believe joss paper and other paper offerings shall be burnt instead.

SP Lim

Next shall be Part 3 and the Final Part 4. Happy viewing and the support. Thank you my friends and fellow bloggers. From 1st September, 2016 onwards, it is the Chinese Lunar 8th Moon/Month so it is Moon-cake and Lantern time as we celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival even though we have no Autumn locally in Malaysia.

Historical final burning of Prai's Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 2

Historical final burning of Prai’s Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 2

Historical final burning of Prai's Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 2

Historical final burning of Prai’s Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 2

Historical final burning of Prai's Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 2

Historical final burning of Prai’s Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 2

Historical final burning of Prai's Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 2

Historical final burning of Prai’s Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 2

Historical final burning of Prai's Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 2

Historical final burning of Prai’s Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 2

Historical final burning of Prai's Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 2

Historical final burning of Prai’s Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 2

Historical final burning of Prai's Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 2

Historical final burning of Prai’s Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 2

Historical final burning of Prai's Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 2

Historical final burning of Prai’s Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 2

 

Historical final burning of Prai’s Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 1   4 comments


Historical final burning of Prai’s Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 1

It was around 7.00 pm when we left the house. The traffic at the entries to the First Penang Bridge was badly jammed with cars as tonight is the Merdeka (Independence) Day of Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia) and Sabah. Crossing the bridge which usually took 15 to 20 minutes, was done in 40 minutes or so with the crawling traffic. Just wondering why no body wanted to use the Second Penang Bridge?

Historical event of the final burning of the Tai Soo Yah Paper Effigy at Prai Megamall, Penang, on Merdeka Day eve of Tuesday, August 30, 2016 as there shall be no paper effigy as from 2017. A permanent idol of Tai Soo Yah of over 12 feet in height shall be replacing this paper effigy in future. Thus, this permanent idol of Tai Soo Yah put an end to future burning of the Tai Soo Yah paper effigy – a logical economical decision.

I am glad and satisfied that I had recorded this historical event with Bertrand Linet, Allen Lim and Marilyn Ho in photographic records. There shall no burning of the Tai Soo Yah paper effigy next year but I believe joss paper and other paper offerings shall be burnt instead.

SP Lim

Next shall be Parts 2, 3 and the Final Part 4. Happy viewing and the support. Thank you my friends and fellow bloggers. From 1st September, 2016 onwards, it is the Chinese Lunar 8th Moon/Month so it is Moon-cake and Lantern time as we celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival even though we have no Autumn locally in Malaysia.

Historical final burning of Prai's Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 1

Historical final burning of Prai’s Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 1

Historical final burning of Prai's Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 1

Historical final burning of Prai’s Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 1

Historical final burning of Prai's Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 1

Historical final burning of Prai’s Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 1

Historical final burning of Prai's Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 1

Historical final burning of Prai’s Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 1

Historical final burning of Prai's Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 1

Historical final burning of Prai’s Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 1

Historical final burning of Prai's Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 1

Historical final burning of Prai’s Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 1

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Historical final burning of Prai's Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 1

Historical final burning of Prai’s Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 1

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 5   Leave a comment


Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 5

 

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 5. The Fiery End of the Hungry Ghost Celebration.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 5. The Fiery End of the Hungry Ghost Celebration.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 5. The Fiery End of the Hungry Ghost Celebration.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 5. The Fiery End of the Hungry Ghost Celebration.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 5. The Fiery End of the Hungry Ghost Celebration.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 5. The Fiery End of the Hungry Ghost Celebration.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 5. The Fiery End of the Hungry Ghost Celebration.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 5. The Fiery End of the Hungry Ghost Celebration.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 5. The Fiery End of the Hungry Ghost Celebration.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 5. The Fiery End of the Hungry Ghost Celebration.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 5. The Fiery End of the Hungry Ghost Celebration.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 5. The Fiery End of the Hungry Ghost Celebration.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 5. The Fiery End of the Hungry Ghost Celebration.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 5. The Fiery End of the Hungry Ghost Celebration.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 5. The Fiery End of the Hungry Ghost Celebration.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 5. The Fiery End of the Hungry Ghost Celebration.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 5. The Fiery End of the Hungry Ghost Celebration.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 5. The Fiery End of the Hungry Ghost Celebration.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 4   Leave a comment


Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 4 – The Procession back for burning.

 

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 4 - The Procession back for burning.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 4 – The Procession back for burning.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 4 - The Procession back for burning.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 4 – The Procession back for burning.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 4 - The Procession back for burning.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 4 – The Procession back for burning.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 4 - The Procession back for burning.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 4 – The Procession back for burning.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 4 - The Procession back for burning.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 4 – The Procession back for burning.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 4 - The Procession back for burning.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 4 – The Procession back for burning.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 4 - The Procession back for burning.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 4 – The Procession back for burning.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 3   Leave a comment


Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 3

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 3 ~ The Procession around the Kuan Yin Temple

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 3 ~ The Procession to the Kuan Yin Temple and back again.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 3 - The Procession to Kuan Yin Teng and back again.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 3 – The Procession to Kuan Yin Teng and back again.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 3 - The Procession to Kuan Yin Teng and back again.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 3 – The Procession to Kuan Yin Teng and back again.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 3 - The Procession to Kuan Yin Teng and back again.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 3 – The Procession to Kuan Yin Teng and back again.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 3 - The Procession to Kuan Yin Teng and back again.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 3 – The Procession to Kuan Yin Teng and back again.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 3 - The Procession to Kuan Yin Teng and back again.

Tai Soo Yah at Lim Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang – Final Night, Part 3 – The Procession to Kuan Yin Teng and back again.

 

 

 

The Burning Ceremony of the Tai Soo Yah’s image of Bukit Mertajam – Part 2   2 comments


The Burning Ceremony of the Tai Soo Yah’s image of Bukit Mertajam – Part 2

The Burning Ceremony of the Tai Soo Yah's image of Bukit Mertajam - Part 2 on the night of Friday, 19 August, 2016.

The Burning Ceremony of the Tai Soo Yah’s image of Bukit Mertajam – Part 2 on the night of Friday, 19 August, 2016.

The Burning Ceremony of the Tai Soo Yah's image of Bukit Mertajam - Part 2 on the night of Friday, 19 August, 2016.

The Burning Ceremony of the Tai Soo Yah’s image of Bukit Mertajam – Part 2 on the night of Friday, 19 August, 2016.

The Burning Ceremony of the Tai Soo Yah's image of Bukit Mertajam - Part 2 on the night of Friday, 19 August, 2016.

The Burning Ceremony of the Tai Soo Yah’s image of Bukit Mertajam – Part 2 on the night of Friday, 19 August, 2016.

The Burning Ceremony of the Tai Soo Yah's image of Bukit Mertajam - Part 2 on the night of Friday, 19 August, 2016.

The Burning Ceremony of the Tai Soo Yah’s image of Bukit Mertajam – Part 2 on the night of Friday, 19 August, 2016.

The Burning Ceremony of the Tai Soo Yah's image of Bukit Mertajam - Part 2 on the night of Friday, 19 August, 2016.

The Burning Ceremony of the Tai Soo Yah’s image of Bukit Mertajam – Part 2 on the night of Friday, 19 August, 2016.

The Burning Ceremony of the Tai Soo Yah's image of Bukit Mertajam - Part 2 on the night of Friday, 19 August, 2016.

The Burning Ceremony of the Tai Soo Yah’s image of Bukit Mertajam – Part 2 on the night of Friday, 19 August, 2016.

The Burning Ceremony of the Tai Soo Yah’s image of Bukit Mertajam – Part 1   Leave a comment


The Burning Ceremony of the Tai Soo Yah’s image of Bukit Mertajam – Part 1

 

The Burning Ceremony of the Tai Soo Yah's image of Bukit Mertajam on Friday, 19 August, 2016 night.

The Burning Ceremony of the Tai Soo Yah’s image of Bukit Mertajam on Friday, 19 August, 2016 night.

The Burning Ceremony of the Tai Soo Yah's image of Bukit Mertajam on Friday, 19 August, 2016 night.

The Burning Ceremony of the Tai Soo Yah’s image of Bukit Mertajam on Friday, 19 August, 2016 night.

 

The Burning Ceremony of the Tai Soo Yah's image of Bukit Mertajam on Friday, 19 August, 2016 night.

The Burning Ceremony of the Tai Soo Yah’s image of Bukit Mertajam on Friday, 19 August, 2016 night.

The Burning Ceremony of the Tai Soo Yah's image of Bukit Mertajam on Friday, 19 August, 2016 night.

The Burning Ceremony of the Tai Soo Yah’s image of Bukit Mertajam on Friday, 19 August, 2016 night.

The Burning Ceremony of the Tai Soo Yah's image of Bukit Mertajam on Friday, 19 August, 2016 night.

The Burning Ceremony of the Tai Soo Yah’s image of Bukit Mertajam on Friday, 19 August, 2016 night.

The Burning Ceremony of the Tai Soo Yah's image of Bukit Mertajam on Friday, 19 August, 2016 night.

The Burning Ceremony of the Tai Soo Yah’s image of Bukit Mertajam on Friday, 19 August, 2016 night.

Burning of the Tai Soo Yah Image tonight   2 comments


Burning of the Tai Soo Yah Image tonight

Burning of the Tai Soo Yah Image of the Fettes Park Wet Market, Penang tonight – before midnight of Wednesday, 17 August, 2016 ( 15th Day of the 7th Moon ).

SP Lim

Burning of the Tai Soo Yah Image tonight - Wednesday, 17 August, 2016. " Tai Soo Yah Image is carried and placed on top of a big pile of Joss Paper "

Burning of the Tai Soo Yah Image tonight – Wednesday, 17 August, 2016. ” Tai Soo Yah Image is carried and placed on top of a big pile of Joss Paper “

Burning of the Tai Soo Yah Image tonight - Wednesday, 17 August, 2016. " The bottom layer of Joss Paper is litted by the devotees "

Burning of the Tai Soo Yah Image tonight – Wednesday, 17 August, 2016. ” The bottom layer of Joss Paper is litted by the devotees “

Burning of the Tai Soo Yah Image tonight - Wednesday, 17 August, 2016.

Burning of the Tai Soo Yah Image tonight – Wednesday, 17 August, 2016.

Burning of the Tai Soo Yah Image tonight - Wednesday, 17 August, 2016.

Burning of the Tai Soo Yah Image tonight – Wednesday, 17 August, 2016.

Burning of the Tai Soo Yah Image tonight - Wednesday, 17 August, 2016. " About 20 minutes later, the Tai Soo Yah Paper effigy is completely burnt. "

Burning of the Tai Soo Yah Image tonight – Wednesday, 17 August, 2016. ” About 20 minutes later, the Tai Soo Yah Paper effigy is completely burnt. “

Extracted from Wikipedia:-

Celebrations and practices

Offerings are prepared for hungry ghosts during Ghost month in Hong Kong.

See also: Ghost Festival

In Chinese ancestor worship 鬼法界, 鬼界 is “the realm of hungry ghosts”. There is a belief of the oral tradition of Chinese villagers that the ghosts of the ancestors may be granted permission to return to the world of the living at a certain time of the year, hungry and ready to take what they can from there, if these spirits had not been given sufficient offerings by their living relatives.

A festival called the Hungry Ghost Festival (TC: 盂蘭盆, SC: 盂兰盆 Yúlánpén) is held to honor the hungry ancestor ghosts and food and drink is put out to satisfy their needs. The Hungry Ghost Festival is celebrated during the 7th month of the Chinese calendar. It also falls at the same time as a full moon, the new season, the fall harvest, the peak of monastic asceticism, the rebirth of ancestors, and the assembly of the local community. According to tradition, during this month, the gates of hell are opened up and the hungry ghosts are free to roam the earth where they seek food and entertainment. These ghosts are believed to be ancestors of those who have forgotten to pay tribute to them after they died. They have long thin necks because they have not been fed by their families. Tradition states that families should offer prayers to their deceased relatives and burn “hell money“. It is believed that “hell money” is a valid currency in the underworld and helps ghosts to live comfortably in the afterlife. People also burn other forms of joss paper such as paper houses, cars and televisions to please the ghosts.

Families also pay tribute to other unknown wandering ghosts so that these homeless souls do not intrude on their lives and bring misfortune. A big feast is held for the ghosts on the 15th day of the 7th month, where people bring samples of food and place them on the offering table to please the ghosts and ward off bad luck. Live shows are also put on and everyone is invited to attend. The first row of seats is always empty as this is where the ghosts are supposed to sit to better enjoy the live entertainment. The shows are always put on at night and at high volumes, so that the sound attracts and pleases the ghosts. These acts were better known as “Merry-making”.

The chief Taoist priest of the town wears an ornate crown of five gold and red panels, a practice borrowed from Buddhism. This represented the five most powerful deities (The Jade Emperor, Guan Yu, Tu Di Gong, Mazu and Xi Wangmu). He is believed to become their voice on earth.

A sacrificial altar and a chair are built for a priest either at a street entrance or in front of the village. The BodhisattvaKsitigarbha sits in front of the chair. Under the chair are plates of rice flour and peaches. Sitting on the altar are three spirit tablets and three funeral banners. After noon, sheep, pigs, chicken, fruits, and cakes are donated by families that are displayed on the altar. A priest will put a triangular paper banner of three colors with special characters on every sacrifice. After the music begins to play, the priest hits the bell to call the hungry ghosts back to the table. He then throws the rice and peaches into the air in all directions to distribute them to the ghosts.

During the evening, incense is burnt in front of the doors of households. Incense stands for prosperity, the more incense burnt, the greater one’s prosperity. During the festival, shops are closed to leave the streets open for the ghosts. In the middle of each street stands an altar of incense with fresh fruit and sacrifices displayed on it. Behind the altar, monks will sing songs that it is believed only the ghosts can understand. This rite is called shi ge’r, meaning “singing ghost songs”.

Fifteen days after the feast, to make sure all the hungry ghosts find their way back to hell, people float lanterns on water and set them outside their houses. These lanterns are made by setting a lotus flower-shaped lantern on a piece of board. Hungry ghosts are believed to have found their way back when the lanterns go out.

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The burning of the largest Tai Soo Yah or Taoist King of Hades in Bukit Mertajam   Leave a comment


The burning of the largest Tai Soo Yah or Taoist King of Hades in Bukit Mertajam, Penang, Malaysia.
Photo-shooting at the burning of the biggest Tai Soo Yah in Bukit Mertajam tonight. Extremely difficult to get a clear shot because of the crowd. To add to the difficultly, there were volunteer fire-men simply spraying water every where and even got my camera wet in the process.
SP Lim

Burning of the Tai Soo Yah paper effigy at the Hungry Ghosts’ Festival 2012   1 comment


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The end of each district’s or area’s Hungry Ghosts Festival or Teong Guan Jie is the burning of the paper effigy of the Tai Soo Yah with joss papers and other prayer’s items. This is the series of photos which I shot last night till 1.00 am of the ceremony at Lorong Selamat, george Town, Penang.

SP Lim

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