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Say Hong Chun or Boat of Sian Chye Tong ~ The Burning Ceremony I   Leave a comment


Say Hong Chun or Boat of Sian Chye Tong ~ The Burning Ceremony

Night of the Burning of the Say Hong Chun or Boat at Sian Chye Tong, Ayer Itam, Penang

Both of these joss paper images of the Tai Soo Yah and the Say Hong Chun (Boat) of Sian Chye Tong were burnt on the Saturday night of September 16, 2017.

SP Lim

Say Hong Chun or Boat of Sian Chye Tong ~ The Burning Ceremony I

Say Hong Chun or Boat of Sian Chye Tong ~ The Burning Ceremony I

Say Hong Chun or Boat of Sian Chye Tong ~ The Burning Ceremony I

Say Hong Chun or Boat of Sian Chye Tong ~ The Burning Ceremony I

Say Hong Chun or Boat of Sian Chye Tong ~ The Burning Ceremony I

Say Hong Chun or Boat of Sian Chye Tong ~ The Burning Ceremony I

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

 

Say Hong Chun or Boat of Sian Chye Tong ~ The Preparation of the Burning Ceremony   Leave a comment


Say Hong Chun or Boat of Sian Chye Tong ~ The Preparation of the Burning Ceremony

Night of the Burning of the Say Hong Chun or Boat at Sian Chye Tong, Ayer Itam, Penang

Both of these joss paper images of the Tai Soo Yah and the Say Hong Chun (Boat) of Sian Chye Tong were burnt on the Saturday night of September 16, 2017.

SP Lim

Night of the Burning of the Say Hong Chun or Boat at Sian Chye Tong, Ayer Itam, Penang

Night of the Burning of the Say Hong Chun or Boat at Sian Chye Tong, Ayer Itam, Penang

Say Hong Chun or Boat of Sian Chye Tong ~ The Preparation of the Burning Ceremony

Say Hong Chun or Boat of Sian Chye Tong ~ The Preparation of the Burning Ceremony

Say Hong Chun or Boat of Sian Chye Tong ~ The Preparation of the Burning Ceremony

Say Hong Chun or Boat of Sian Chye Tong ~ The Preparation of the Burning Ceremony

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

Say Hong Chun or Boat of Sian Chye Tong   1 comment


Night of the Burning of the Say Hong Chun or Boat at Sian Chye Tong, Ayer Itam, Penang

Both of these joss paper images of the Tai Soo Yah and the Say Hong Chun (Boat) of Sian Chye Tong were burnt on the Saturday night of September 16, 2017.

SP Lim

Night of the Burning of the Tai Soo Yah and the Say Hong Chun or Boat at Sian Chye Tong, Ayer Itam, Penang

Night of the Burning of the Tai Soo Yah and the Say Hong Chun or Boat at Sian Chye Tong, Ayer Itam, Penang

Night of the Burning of the Tai Soo Yah and the Say Hong Chun or Boat at Sian Chye Tong, Ayer Itam, Penang

Night of the Burning of the Tai Soo Yah and the Say Hong Chun or Boat at Sian Chye Tong, Ayer Itam, Penang

Night of the Burning of the Tai Soo Yah and the Say Hong Chun or Boat at Sian Chye Tong, Ayer Itam, Penang

Night of the Burning of the Tai Soo Yah and the Say Hong Chun or Boat at Sian Chye Tong, Ayer Itam, 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

The Festival of the Hungry Ghost at Prai, Mainland Penang   5 comments


The Festival of the Hungry Ghost at Prai, Mainland Penang

The paper image is now replaced with a bronze 13-feet statue of the Tai Soo Yah the Taoist King of Hades, from China. There are also bronze idols being imported too.

SP Lim

The Festival of the Hungry Ghost at Prai, Mainland Penang

The Festival of the Hungry Ghost at Prai, Mainland Penang

The Festival of the Hungry Ghost at Prai, Mainland Penang

The Festival of the Hungry Ghost at Prai, Mainland Penang

The Festival of the Hungry Ghost at Prai, Mainland 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

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

The Tai Soo Yah of Bukit Mertajam – Second Biggest in Malaysia   Leave a comment


The Tai Soo Yah of Bukit Mertajam – Second Biggest in Malaysia

The Tai Soo Yah of Bukit Mertajam – Second Biggest in Malaysia … the Image shall be burnt tomorrow evening. The biggest image of the Tai Soo Yah – the Taoist King of Hades, is now to be found in Alor Star, Kedah. The size of the image must be increased by a few centimetres with each passing year.

SP Lim

The Tai Soo Yah of Bukit Mertajam – Second Biggest in Malaysia

The Tai Soo Yah of Bukit Mertajam – Second Biggest in Malaysia

The Tai Soo Yah of Bukit Mertajam – Second Biggest in Malaysia

The Tai Soo Yah of Bukit Mertajam – Second Biggest in Malaysia

The Tai Soo Yah of Bukit Mertajam.

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

First Day of the Hungry Ghost Festival in Penang   Leave a comment


First Day of the Hungry Ghost Festival in Penang

First Day of the Hungry Ghost Festival in Penang

First Day of the Hungry Ghost Festival in Penang

 

The Ghost Festival, also known as the Hungry Ghost FestivalZhongyuan Festival or Yulan Festival (traditional Chinese盂蘭節) is a traditional Buddhist and Taoist festival held in Asian countries. According to the Chinese calendar (a lunisolar calendar), the Ghost Festival is on the 15th night of the seventh month (14th in southern China).

In Chinese culture, the fifteenth day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar is called Ghost Day and the seventh month in general is regarded as the Ghost Month (鬼月), in which ghosts and spirits, including those of the deceased ancestors, come out from the lower realm. Distinct from both the Qingming Festival (in spring) and Double Ninth Festival(in autumn) in which living descendants pay homage to their deceased ancestors, during Ghost Festival, the deceased are believed to visit the living.

On the fifteenth day the realms of Heaven and Hell and the realm of the living are open and both Taoists and Buddhistswould perform rituals to transmute and absolve the sufferings of the deceased. Intrinsic to the Ghost Month is veneration of the dead, where traditionally the filial piety of descendants extends to their ancestors even after their deaths. Activities during the month would include preparing ritualistic food offerings, burning incense, and burning joss paper, a papier-mâché form of material items such as clothes, gold and other fine goods for the visiting spirits of the ancestors. Elaborate meals (often vegetarian meals) would be served with empty seats for each of the deceased in the family treating the deceased as if they are still living. Ancestor worship is what distinguishes Qingming Festival from Ghost Festival because the latter includes paying respects to all deceased, including the same and younger generations, while the former only includes older generations. Other festivities may include, buying and releasing miniature paper boats and lanterns on water, which signifies giving directions to the lost ghosts and spirits of the ancestors and other deities.

From Wikipedia

 

 

First Day of the Hungry Ghost Festival in Penang

First Day of the Hungry Ghost Festival in Penang

First Day of the Hungry Ghost Festival in Penang

Historical final burning of Prai’s Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 4 Final   Leave a comment


Historical final burning of Prai’s Tai Soo Yah

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

Historical final burning of Prai's Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 4

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

Historical final burning of Prai's Tai Soo Yah on Merdeka Day eve of Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

Historical final burning of Prai’s Tai Soo Yah on Merdeka Day eve of Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

Historical final burning of Prai's Tai Soo Yah on Merdeka Day eve of Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

Historical final burning of Prai’s Tai Soo Yah on Merdeka Day eve of Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

Historical final burning of Prai's Tai Soo Yah on Merdeka Day eve of Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

Historical final burning of Prai’s Tai Soo Yah on Merdeka Day eve of Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

Historical final burning of Prai's Tai Soo Yah on Merdeka Day eve of Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

Historical final burning of Prai’s Tai Soo Yah on Merdeka Day eve of Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

Historical final burning of Prai's Tai Soo Yah on Merdeka Day eve of Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

Historical final burning of Prai’s Tai Soo Yah on Merdeka Day eve of Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

TSY Megamall Burning 344

Historical final burning of Prai's Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 4

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

Historical final burning of Prai's Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 4

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

Historical final burning of Prai’s Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 3   Leave a comment


Historical final burning of Prai’s Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 3

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

Tomorrow is the Final Part 4 of this event. Hope you all enjoyed these postings.

 

Historical final burning of Prai's Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 3

Historical final burning of Prai’s Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 3

Historical final burning of Prai's Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 3

Historical final burning of Prai’s Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 3

Historical final burning of Prai's Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 3

Historical final burning of Prai’s Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 3

Historical final burning of Prai's Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 3

Historical final burning of Prai’s Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 3

Historical final burning of Prai's Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 3

Historical final burning of Prai’s Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 3

Historical final burning of Prai's Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 3

Historical final burning of Prai’s Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 3

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Historical final burning of Prai's Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 3

Historical final burning of Prai’s Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 3

Historical final burning of Prai's Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 3

Historical final burning of Prai’s Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 3

Getting ready for the burning with addition of the joss paper and other paper offerings.

 

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

 

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