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The Dragon’s Head – another angle   Leave a comment

The Dragon’s Head – another angle

The Dragon's Head - another angle

The Dragon’s Head – another angle

Festival of the Hungry Ghost at Lim Clan Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang   Leave a comment

Festival of the Hungry Ghost at Lim Clan Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang
These were the various activities of the celebration of the Festival of the Hungry Ghost at the Lim Clan Jetty located at Weld Quay, Penang.These activities were organized to celebrate the Birthday of the Tai Soo Yah of Lim Clan Jetty last night – 1st. August, 2015. There were Teochew Puppet Show by Ling Goh, Hokkien Wayang from China, Lion Dances of various types of Lions and a colourful and skillful Dragon Dance to climax it all.

SP Lim

Shooting the Dragon   Leave a comment

Shooting the Dragon
From Wikipedia:-
A dragon is a legendary creature, typically with serpentine or reptilian traits, that features in the myths of many cultures. There are two distinct cultural traditions of dragons: the European dragon, derived from European folk traditions and ultimately related to Greek and Middle Eastern mythologies, and the Chinese dragon, with counterparts in Japan (namely the Japanese dragon), Korea and other East Asian countries.

The two traditions may have evolved separately, but have influenced each other to a certain extent, particularly with the cross-cultural contact of recent centuries. The English word “dragon” derives from Greek δράκων (drákōn), “dragon, serpent of huge size, water-snake”.

Chinese dragon
Main article: Chinese dragon
In China, depiction of the dragon (traditional:龍;simplified:龙) can be found in artifacts from the Shang and Zhou dynasties with examples dating back to the 16th century BC. Archaeologist Zhōu Chong-Fa believes that the Chinese word for dragon is an onomatopoeia of the sound of thunder. The Chinese name for dragon is pronounced lóng in Mandarin Chinese or lùhng in Cantonese. Sometime after the 9th century AD, Japan adopted the Chinese dragon through the spread of Buddhism. Although the indigenous name for a dragon in Japanese is tatsu (たつ?), a few of the Japanese words for dragon stem from the Chinese word for dragon, namely, ryū (りゅう?) or ryō (りょう?) (traditional:龍;simplified:竜). The Vietnamese word for dragon is rồng (龍) and the Korean word for dragon is ryong (hangul:용, hanja:龍).

The Chinese dragon (simplified Chinese: 龙; traditional Chinese: 龍; pinyin: lóng) is the highest-ranking animal in the Chinese animal hierarchy, strongly associated at one time with the emperor and hence power and majesty (the mythical bird fenghuang was the symbol of the Chinese empress), still recognized and revered. Its origins are vague, but its “ancestors can be found on Neolithic pottery as well as Bronze Age ritual vessels.” Tradition has it composed of nine different animals, with nine sons, each with its own imagery and affiliations. It is the only mythological animal of the 12 animals that represent the Chinese calendar. 2012 was the Chinese year of the Water Dragon.

Inserted by SP Lim
Had the opportunity of taking these photos during the 2015 Wesak Celebrations Day in May, 2015.

George Town Heritage Celebrations – Day 2   Leave a comment

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This is the second day of the George Town Heritage Celebrations which we volunteered to shoot.

SP Lim

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