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


The Festival of the Hungry Ghost at Lim Clan Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang

The Festival of the Hungry Ghost at Lim Clan Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang

The Festival of the Hungry Ghost at Lim Clan Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang

The Festival of the Hungry Ghost at Lim Clan Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang

The Festival of the Hungry Ghost at Lim Clan Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang

The Festival of the Hungry Ghost at Lim Clan Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang

The Festival of the Hungry Ghost at Lim Clan Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang

Hungry ghost is a concept in Chinese Buddhism and Chinese traditional religion representing beings who are driven by intense emotional needs in an animalistic way. The term 餓鬼 èguǐ, literally “hungry ghost“, is the Chinese translation of the term preta in Buddhism. “Hungry ghosts” play a role in Chinese Buddhism and Taoism as well as in Chinese folk religion. The term is not to be confused with the generic term for “ghost“,  guǐ (i.e. the spirit of a deceased ancestor). The understanding is that all people become such a regular ghost when they die, and would then slowly weaken and eventually die a second time. Hungry ghosts, by contrast, are a much more exceptional case, and would only occur in very unfortunate circumstances, such as if a whole family were killed or when a family no longer venerated their ancestors.

With the rise in popularity of Buddhism, the idea became popular that souls would live in space until reincarnation. In the Taoist tradition it is believed that hungry ghosts can arise from people whose deaths have been violent or unhappy. Both Buddhism and Taoism share the idea that hungry ghosts can emerge from neglect or desertion of ancestors. According to the Hua-yen Sutra evil deeds will cause a soul to be reborn in one of six different realms. The highest degree of evil deed will cause a soul to be reborn as a denizen of hell, a lower degree of evil will cause a soul to be reborn as an animal, and the lowest degree will cause a soul to be reborn as a hungry ghost. According to the tradition, evil deeds that lead to becoming a hungry ghost are killing, stealing and sexual misconduct. Desire, greed, anger and ignorance are all factors in causing a soul to be reborn as a hungry ghost because they are motives for people to perform evil deeds.

Inserted from Wikipedia by SP Lim

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

Lim Clan Jetty’s Phor Thor or Hungry Ghost Festival 2011   2 comments


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The atmosphere and lighting condition at the Phor Thor Celebrations ( aka Hungry Ghost Festival ) was very different from the usual “run-of-the-mill” celebrations in other part of George Town. The main altar and prayer hall of the Tai Su Yah or King of the Hades is rather reflective of the netherworld – dark and lighted by the use of ultra-violet lights. However, clever use of reflective paint on the paper idol, certain highlights were indeed prominently displayed. An interesting visual effect was seen as shown in the series of the photographs taken without tripod. Please do NOT blame me if there is “noise” or something “extra” in these unaltered and unedited photographs. If you need to complain, please do so to the Tai Su Yah at Lim Clan Jetty as the Diety is also worshipped at a Shrine next to this make-shift shelter.

SP Lim

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