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Wayang photo-shooting continues   Leave a comment


Wayang photo-shooting continues

With my limping left leg. the blogger continued photo-shooting of this only Cantonese Chinese Opera or Wayang in the city. While mobility can be problematic, i took a chair and sat down to shoot using my 70-200 mm telephoto lens. There is a problem with the lighting on the stage with my opinion. The performers are lighted up well in some location and cast in dark shadow in other location thus selecting spots for photography is precise timing and some luck.

Happy viewing.

SP Lim

The only Cantonese Chinese Opera or Wayang in the city

The only Cantonese Chinese Opera or Wayang in the city

The only Cantonese Chinese Opera or Wayang in the city

The only Cantonese Chinese Opera or Wayang in the city

The only Cantonese Chinese Opera or Wayang in the city

The Tai Soo Yah or the Taoist King of the Hades at Jalan Samak, off Dato Kramat Road,, Penang

Opening Birthday Tribute to the Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 1   Leave a comment


Opening Birthday Tribute to the Tai Soo Yah
This is the Opening Act of the Wayang or Chinese Opera with the Opening Birthday Tribute to the Tai Soo Yah – the Taoist Diety “King of the Hades” or the “Dead Underworld”.

SP Lim

The burning of the World’s Biggest Paper Effigy of Tai Soo Yah or King of the Hades   Leave a comment


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The burning of the World’s Biggest Paper Effigy of Tai Soo Yah or King of the Hades was completed at the end of the Hungry Ghosts’ Festival or Teong Guan Chek held at the town of Bukit Mertajam on Mainland Penang. It was on the night of Sunday, 2 September, 2012 ( Chinese 17 day of the 7 Lunar Month ). This is a complete sequence of events leading to the final burning of the paper effigy after the arrival of the VIP that was the Chief Minister of Penang YAB Tuan Lim Guan Eng. We were there after picking Bertrand Linet. We crossed over using the ferry and headed towards Bukit Mertajam or BM in less than 45 minutes after starting around 5.15 pm. We parked our car at my usual uncle’s car park when I was working at Desmaju Pharmacy, about a year back. We shot a few shots at the Tai Soo Yah make-shift shrine and then headed to the Teochew Opera which was playing nearby. I went around and saw a big patch of sand was already laid on the road in front of the BM wet market where the Tai Soo Yah effigy shall be placed. Several fire engines were parked around the road named Jalan Pasar as it is along the wet market of BM. At around 8.30 pm there was a Hoe Siew – a Tribute paid to the Diety through the Teochew Opera / Wayang Troupe members made of Mainland ( People’s Republic of China ) Chinese and Thai actors and actresses. A Taoist priest then conducted a short religious ceremony. It seemed that the Tai Soo Yah’s paper effigy was partially burnt during the 17 days of the prayers. However, the effigy was ” repaired ” and there was a brief ceremony where the old paper effigy of Kuan Yin was ” reinstated ” and the newly repaired replacement was taken off to be burnt also. The paper effigy of more than 28 feet in height was then pulled by the committee members of the Phor Thor Group as the effigy had wheels fixed to the bottom part. However, it was done quite too hastily as when the effigy came out of the make-shift shelter and turned a left-handed several persons on the right-hand side of the ropes, fell down onto the road as they lost their balance. They were quite nearby me but I was about a few inches away, worrying more about my new camera should I was to be knocked and fell. However, they were more shocked but unhurt. The process of pulling was done in quite a chaotic and haphazard manner if I was asked to comment. The effigy was then taken and placed on the big patch of sand. Joss papers werethen tossed into the air. Then from my personal observation a young member went to the front and with a bundle of joss paper came back and lit the effigy even before the other members were ready. This is indeed quite dangerous as some of the members were caught unaware as the flames shot out into the air. Moreover, there are still members of the public like myself who are still nearby the burning bonfire. The scorching heat was so intense I have to turn my face away from the burning effigy. The flame shot straight to the face of the Tai soo Yah so I did not have actualy a good shot this time around. The volunteer firemen started to spray water upwards to cool the surrounding area. Within 15 minutes the whole effigy was already burning furiously with the moulds of joss papers. It was ” spectacular event ” as commented by Bertrand Linet, probably the only Westerner around to see the event. He commented that a Tour can be organized for Tourists in George Town to be transported in a bus to-and-back to see this spectaculer event. So, the night ended when we made our way back to our car in the massive crowd of local residents.

SP Lim

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