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Twa Peh Kong of Poh Hock Seah Birthday Celebrations 2019 … 3

Twa Peh Kong of Poh Hock Seah Birthday Celebrations 2019 … 3
Twa Peh Kong of Poh Hock Seah Birthday Celebrations 2019 … 3
Twa Peh Kong of Poh Hock Seah Birthday Celebrations 2019 … 3
Twa Peh Kong of Poh Hock Seah Birthday Celebrations 2019 … 3
Twa Peh Kong of Poh Hock Seah Birthday Celebrations 2019 … 3
Twa Peh Kong of Poh Hock Seah Birthday Celebrations 2019 … 3
Twa Peh Kong of Poh Hock Seah Birthday Celebrations 2019 … 3

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The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 2   3 comments


The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 2

Introduction to the Nine Emperor Gods

The Nine Emperor Gods Jiǔ Huáng Xīng Jūn / Jiǔ Huáng Da Di (九皇星君/九皇大帝) are the nine sons manifested by Father Emperor Zhou Yu Dou Fu Yuan Jun (斗父周御國王天尊) and Mother of the Big Dipper Dou Mu Yuan Jun (斗母元君) who holds the Registrar of Life and Death. The worship of Dou Fu Yuan Jun has declined strongly as proper teachings of Taoism degenerate since being exported out of China. Today, most Nine Emperor God temples do not acknowledge the existence of Dou Fu Yuan Jun. However, Dou Fu Yuan Jun is invoked alongside Dou Mu Yuan Jun in Great Dipper Honouring known as Li Dou (禮斗) ceremonies. According To Priest Long Hua, the 35th Generation Leader of Long Shan Men Taoist Sect (Singapore), honouring the Northern Dipper stars prolongs one’s life, eliminate calamities, and absolves sins and past debts of oneself and his family.

The term Ye (爺) as in Jiu Huang Ye (九皇爺) loosely translates as “Grandfather”, a title worshipers commonly use to bring a more intimate relationship between themselves and the Nine Emperors. The Nine Emperor Gods should not be mixed up with the Wang Ye or Princes of the Ming rebels. Popular folk culture has it that the Nine Emperor Gods are actually sea pirates of the Ming dynasty that plotted to overthrow the Qing dynasty. According to Priest Long Hua, this information is inaccurate and considered derogatory to the actual teachings of Taoism as the Nine Emperor Gods are actually high-ranking Star Lords who preside over the movement of planets and coordinate mortal Life and Death issues.

The Nine Emperors is formed by the seven stars of the Big Dipper of the North Ursa Major (visible) and two assistant stars (invisible to most people). The Nine Emperor Stars are:

  1. Tan Lang Tai Xing Jun (貪狼太星君)1st Star (Visible) Bayer: α UMa
  2. Ju Men Yuan Xing Jun (巨門元星君) 2nd Star (Visible) Bayer: β UMa
  3. Lu Cun Zhen Xing Jun (祿存貞星君) 3rd Star (Visible) Bayer: γ UMa
  4. Wen Qu Niu Xing Jun (文曲紐星君) 4th Star (Visible) Bayer: δ UMa
  5. Lian Zhen Gang Xing Jun (玉廉貞綱星君) 5th Star(Visible) Bayer: ε UMa
  6. Wu Qu Ji Xing Jun (武曲紀星君) 6th Star(Visible) Bayer: ζ UMa
  7. Po Jun Guan Xing Jun (破軍關星君) 7th Star (Visible) Bayer: η UMa
  8. Zuo Fu Da Dao Xing Jun (左輔大道星君) 8th Star (Invisible)
  9. You Bi Da Dao Xing Jun (右弼大道星君) 9th Star (Invisible)

Nine Emperor Gods Festival celebration in popular folk culture

On the eve of the ninth moon, temples of the deities hold a ceremony to invoke and welcome the nine emperors. Since the arrival of the gods is believed to be through the waterways, processions are held from temples to the sea shore or river to symbolize this belief. Devotees dressed in traditional white, carrying incense and candles, await the arrival of their excellencies.

A carnival-like atmosphere pervades the temple throughout the nine-day festival. During this period of time, the constant tinkling of a prayer bell and chants from the temple priests are heard. Most devotees stay at the temple, eat vegetarian meals and recite continuous chanting of prayer. It is believed that there will be rain throughout the nine days of celebration.

The ninth day of the festival is its climax. A procession which draws scores of devotees sends the deities back home.

Extracted from Wikipedia by SP Lim

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The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 2

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 2

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 2

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 2

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 2

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 2

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 2

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 2

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 2

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 2

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 2

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 2

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 2

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 2

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 2

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 2

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 2

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 2

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) ~ Part 1   2 comments


The Nine Emperor Gods Festival (Nine Emperor Gods: Chinese: 九皇爺; pinyin: Jiǔhuángyé; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Káu-ông-iâ; Cantonese: Kow Wong Yeh) is a nine-day Taoist celebration beginning on the eve of 9th lunar month of the Chinese calendar, which is observed primarily in Southeast Asian countries like Myanmar, Singapore,Malaysia, Southern Vietnam, Thailand and also the Indonesia.

From Wikipedia.

Today – Sunday, October 9, 2016 is the Ninth and Final Day of the Nine Emperor Gods (Kew Ong Yah) Festival in Penang, Malaysia. Devotees will go on a strict vegetarian diet for nine days and some for ten days.

SP Lim

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) or Kew Ong Yah Festival in Penang, Malaysia.

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) or Kew Ong Yah Festival in Penang, Malaysia.

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) or Kew Ong Yah Festival in Penang, Malaysia.

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) or Kew Ong Yah Festival in Penang, Malaysia.

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) or Kew Ong Yah Festival in Penang, Malaysia.

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) or Kew Ong Yah Festival in Penang, Malaysia.

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) or Kew Ong Yah Festival in Penang, Malaysia.

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) or Kew Ong Yah Festival in Penang, Malaysia.

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) or Kew Ong Yah Festival in Penang, Malaysia.

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) or Kew Ong Yah Festival in Penang, Malaysia.

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) or Kew Ong Yah Festival in Penang, Malaysia.

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) or Kew Ong Yah Festival in Penang, Malaysia.

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) or Kew Ong Yah Festival in Penang, Malaysia.

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) or Kew Ong Yah Festival in Penang, Malaysia.

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) or Kew Ong Yah Festival in Penang, Malaysia.

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) or Kew Ong Yah Festival in Penang, Malaysia.

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) or Kew Ong Yah Festival in Penang, Malaysia.

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ( Chinese: 九皇爺 ) or Kew Ong Yah Festival in Penang, Malaysia.

Climbing the Ladder of Swords   Leave a comment


Climbing the Ladder of Swords
Two of the Temple mediums are climbing the Ladder of Swords in Phuket during the Phuket’s Vegetarian Festival 2013. During this Nine Emperor Gods Festival, I shall publish unpublished photos of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2013 when we were there to witness and photo-shoot this event. We must thank Bertrand Linet for encouraging us to go and experience this unforgettable event in Thailand of faith, devotion, dedication and belief in this Taoist Religious Festival. Two of the Temple mediums are climbing the Ladder of Swords in Phuket. Please note some photos in this series are quite scary, macabre and hair-raising so take your meals before viewing.

SP Lim

The Largest Tai Soo Yah or Taoist King of Hades Image in Malaysia for the Hungry Ghosts Festival 2014   Leave a comment


The Largest Tai Soo Yah or Taoist King of Hades Image in Malaysia for the Hungry Ghosts Festival 2014 is found in the Bukit Mertajam town on Mainland Penang.

Extracted from the George Town, Penang Facebook Event Page:-
The Penang Hungry Ghost Festival 2014
Date: 27 July to 24 August 2014.

The Hungry Ghost Festival is an annual month-long traditional Chinese celebration which starts from the fifteenth night of the seventh lunar month and is celebrated on a grand scale in Penang. The Chinese believe that every year, the Gates of Hell are opened for spirits and ghosts to return to earth and roam freely in search of food and to visit their living ancestors.

During this month, one will see makeshift alters erected along roadsides with the burning of paper effigies and joss sticks as well as the offering of a grand feast to the Ghost King and wandering spirits. Staged opera performances and puppet shows are also conducted at these venues on a nightly basis, not just for the entertainment of the spirits but for the public as well. For some, a feast will be prepared at home specially for departed ancestors who “return home”.

Tiong Guan Association in collaboration with the Penang State Tourism Development and Culture will be organising a series of traditional Chinese performances throughout the month for this celebration. Hokkien and Teochew Operas as well as puppet shows will be shown at various places such as Penang Road, New Lane, Mount Erskine Road, Fettes Park, Batu Lanchang Market, Thean Teik Road in Air Itam, Padang Brown on Datuk Keramat Road, Anson Road Market and more.

Inserted by SP Lim

The Farewell Ritual of sending off the Nine Emperor Gods at Saphan Hin   Leave a comment


Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2013 – Early hours of the Day 7 of my visit with the ” Farewell Ritual of sending off the Nine Emperor Gods at Saphan Hin “.
The Farewell Ritual ( as extracted from Tourism Authority of Thailand booklet )
The Vegetarian Festival or the Nine Emperor Gods Festival culminates in the farewell ceremony or ritual for the Jade Emperor and the Nine Emperor Godson the evening of the ninth and last day, and comes to close with the sending off the Kiu Ong at midnight back to the heaven.
The ritual is divided into 2 parts: the Jade Emperor is bade farewell at the lantern pole in the shrines’ yards by burning the paper palace for the Jade Emperor, then the Nine Emperors are sent off at a body of water, mainly conducted close to the sea – Saphan Hin or river as the case may be, with a huge heap of gold joss paper and multi-coloured “imperial” paper costumes. Fire-works will usually follow after the ceremony.

SP Lim

The Craziest Night in Asia   Leave a comment



Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2013 – Night 6 of my visit dated October 13, 2013 The last day of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival.
As my friend said tonight shall be classified as ” the Craziest Night in Asia “, as a frequent traveller around Asia he has the rights to make such a statement. Preparations must be made even before my journey, he told me to buy the following items – swimming goggles, ear plugs but common cotton wool is good enough, face mask preferably cloth-type and cap or cloth to cover the head. Long pants are prefered to shorts. I was wondering why such preparations? So, when the event happened tonight I came to understand such detailed and elaborate preparations. However, when I walked the streets towards the Phuket Municipality Office, I noticed that there were altar tables with red decorative table aprons which reminded me of our Penang ” Pai Thnee Kong ” or ” Praying to Jade Emperor of the Heavens ” night during the 9th Day of our Chinese New Year. The atmosphere was actually that type of feeling. From the historical aspect, the legend for the Vegetarian Festival went by this legend.
From the narration in the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s booklet, the historical fact went as the following chapter of Phuket’s past. The Phuket’s Vegetarian festival (or jia chai in local Hokkien Chinese dialect) began in the year 1825 when the Governor of Thalang, Praya Jerm, moved the island’s principal town from Ta Reua in Thalang District to Get-Hoe in Kathu District where the Chinese and tin mines were located. Kathu was then, still covered by jungle and undeveloped. Fever was rife due to this under-development. It happened that a travelling opera troupe (called ngiu in Thai or pua-hee in Hokkien Chinese dialect) came from China to perform for the miners here at that time.
When the whole company of opera performers grew sick from an unnamed malady, they kept to a strict vegetarian diet to honour two of the Emperor Gods, namely Kiew Ong Tai Teh and Yok Ong Sone Teh. The sickness afflicting this opera troupe of performers then disappeared. This greatly aroused the interest of the people of Kathu, who enquired how it was done. The answer came that the ritual vegetarianism with its attendant or accompanied religious ceremonies had been the miraculous cure. With this knowledge, the people of Kathu embraced the faith and the accompanying religious ceremonies with the vegetarian diet enthusiastically and faithfully.
Thus, the Vegetarian Festival began, starting with the first evening of the Ninth Lunar month until the Ninth evening of the same month. Thus, the objective of the Festival was to bring good luck and health to the devotees as well as the community, in general.
Now, fast forewards to the present days ……
With lots of faith as anything can go wrong like what happened to Bertrand Linet with his burnt pants and burn injuries to his thigh or the fire-cracker might explode near our camera. We can be qualified as a war correspondent cum photographer after the experience of going into this type of “combat” photography – armed with eye goggles, ear plugs, face mask, head-dress, and a bit of “courage” and lots of ” faith “.
The Final Night of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival was marked with endless fire-crackers exploding all around you. The intense smoke with the smell of sulphur filled the whole atmosphere. Even with cotton wool in the ears it was still extremely LOUD. The ending of the finale at Saphan Hin near the beach where the first Chinese immigrants to Phuket landed marked the end of the Vegetarian Festival. Tomorrow, however, there are special ceremonies of the ” Lantern Pole Lowering ” and Food Offering to the Warrior Dieties for completion of a successful and safe ceremonies known as Koe Khoon in Penang. This is the officially the end of the 2013 Phuket Vegetarian Festival and we shall be travelling back to Penang on Monday, October 14, 2013 after spending a priceless period of 7 days in Phuket savouring the vegetarian food and observing the religious Phuket Vegetarian Festival. And, not to forget we made many friends during Festival especially those mates who stayed at the same hostel with us, the friendly staff, the surrounding neighbours of the hostel, friends made during lunch-time including the Chief Prosecutor of Betong and family who were on holiday here, plus my fellow photographers from Italy, UK, New Zealand and not forgetting the host country Thailand at this Vegetarian Festival. Well conducted and observed.

SP Lim

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Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2013 – Day 6 of my visit   Leave a comment


Day 6 of my visit to the Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2013 was the Final Day of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival ie Sunday, 13 October 2013. The programme today selected was to see the preparations of the Mediums and Sui Boon Tong Shrine or Temple Officials for their Street Procession this morning.

SP Lim