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The Final Act of the Thai Teochew Wayang in Penang   Leave a comment


The Final Act of the Thai Teochew Wayang in Penang

The new show of the Thai Teochew Opera for the last year as they are not coming to Penang anymore due to our low RM and no enough payment after conversion. It was the show on Wednesday 4th October, 2017.  Sad, sigh as it is one of the FINAL Acts for season. Our local people cannot pay such  new sum asked by the Thai Troupe anymore due to  the poor present current economic situation in Penang.  I never ask the price like for a performance in a day or 2 performances a day of this Thai Teochew Troupe but I heard is around RM5,000 to RM6,000 per day usually limited to one performance. They are the better performers with lavish, updated and colourful intricate costumes.

I am hoping to docu-photograph the final performances of this better Thai Teochew Troupe in Penang for future historical records.

SP Lim

The Final Act of the Thai Teochew Wayang in Penang

The Final Act of the Thai Teochew Wayang in Penang

The Final Act of the Thai Teochew Wayang in Penang

The Final Act of the Thai Teochew Wayang in Penang

The Final Act of the Thai Teochew Wayang in Penang

The Final Act of the Thai Teochew Wayang in Penang

The Wayang Photographer as featured in the local Chinese Press.

The Wayang Photographer as featured in the local Chinese Press.

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Wayang Performers offer prayers to the Moon Goddess 2017   2 comments


Wayang Performers offer prayers to the Moon Goddess 2017

These prayers shall be conducted on the night of the 15th of the 8th moon – the  actual day of the Mid-Autumn Festival. It ends with the burning of Joss Paper as their voluntary rewards to the Diety for the wishes fulfilled successfully.

SP Lim

Modern celebration

The festival was a time to enjoy the successful reaping of rice and wheat with food offerings made in honor of the moon. Today, it is still an occasion for outdoor reunions among friends and relatives to eat mooncakes and watch the moon, a symbol of harmony and unity. During a year of a solar eclipse it is typical for governmental offices, banks and schools will close of extra days to enjoy the extra celestial celebration an eclipse brings.  The festival is celebrated with many cultural or regional customs, among them:

  • Burning incense in reverence to deities including Chang’e.
  • Performance of dragon and lion dances, which is mainly practiced in southern China and Vietnam.

Wayang Performers offer prayers to the Moon Goddess 2017

Wayang Performers offer prayers to the Moon Goddess 2017

Wayang Performers offer prayers to the Moon Goddess 2017

Wayang Performers offer prayers to the Moon Goddess 2017

Wayang Performers offer prayers to the Moon Goddess 2017

Wayang Performers offer prayers to the Moon Goddess 2017

Dates

The Mid-Autumn Festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Han calendar—essentially the night of a full moon—which falls near the Autumnal Equinox (on a day between September 8 and October 7 in the Gregorian calendar). In 2015, the Mid-Autumn Festival fell on September 27. It will occur on these days in coming years:[43]

  • 2017: October 4 (Wednesday)
  • 2018: September 24 (Monday)
  • 2019: September 13 (Friday)
  • 2020: October 1 (Thursday)
  • 2021: September 21 (Tuesday)
  • 2022: September 10 (Saturday)

Inserted by SP Lim from Wikipedia.

Twa Peh Kong’s Teochew Wayang starts   Leave a comment


Twa Peh Kong’s Teochew Wayang starts

Our part of the Malaysia was badly hit by heavy rainfall a week ago with many low-lying places flooded. My house was unaffected as it is on slightly higher level. However, rain continued to fall on and off – sometimes heavy rains causing a lot of tension and anxiety.

So, last night of Friday, 22 September, 2017 I wrote on Facebook … ” Rain stopped for some time, so maybe go photo-shooting tonight … ” of which I did but quite late at 9.30 pm breaking the monotony of just staying at home and watching TV.

SP Lim

Twa Peh Kong’s Teochew Wayang starts

Twa Peh Kong’s Teochew Wayang starts

Twa Peh Kong’s Teochew Wayang starts

Twa Peh Kong’s Teochew Wayang starts

Twa Peh Kong’s Teochew Wayang starts

Twa Peh Kong’s Teochew Wayang starts

 

I was told and heard from the Manager of this leading Thai-originated Teochew Sai Yong Hong Wayang Troupe personally that it  shall be performing for the last year in Penang due to economical reason/s. Owing to the low exchange rate of Malaysian Ringgit (RM) to Thailand’s Baht, it is grossly unprofitable to come to Penang to perform even at a higher rate of RM5,000.00 per night’s performance. It is furthermore more profitable to perform in Thailand as the Thai richer Wayang fans will give generous amount of cash to outstanding performers during the performance itself. As the Malaysian audience are usually wage-earners, such cash rewards were practically non-existent locally.

So what you are seeing of these photographs shall be the final few photographs of their performances in Penang as I shall try to catch more moments of their final performances in Penang.

SP Lim

The Teochew Wayang at the Hungry Ghost Festival ~ Part 4   Leave a comment


The Teochew Wayang at the Hungry Ghost Festival ` Part 4

The Teochew Wayang at the Hungry Ghost Festival ~ Part 4

The Teochew Wayang at the Hungry Ghost Festival ~ Part 4

The Teochew Wayang at the Hungry Ghost Festival ~ Part 4

The Teochew Wayang at the Hungry Ghost Festival ~ Part 4

The Teochew Wayang at the Hungry Ghost Festival ~ Part 4

The Teochew Wayang at the Hungry Ghost Festival ~ Part 4

 

Removing the head-dress is a symbol of giving up as a royalty or in resigning the appointed post by the Emperor.

SP Lim

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 Teochew Wayang at the Hungry Ghost Festival ~ Part 3   Leave a comment


The Teochew Wayang at the Hungry Ghost Festival ~ Part 3

The Teochew Wayang at the Hungry Ghost Festival ~ Part 3

The Teochew Wayang at the Hungry Ghost Festival ~ Part 3

The Teochew Wayang at the Hungry Ghost Festival ~ Part 3 – The Masked Evil Spirit

The Teochew Wayang at the Hungry Ghost Festival ~ Part 3 – The Masked Evil Spirit

The Teochew Wayang at the Hungry Ghost Festival ~ Part 3 – The Emperor with an eye on beautiful ladies

The Teochew Wayang at the Hungry Ghost Festival ~ Part 3 – The transformed Masked Evil Spirit into a beauty who seduced the Emperor

 

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 Teochew Wayang at the Hungry Ghost Festival ~ Part 2   Leave a comment


The Teochew Wayang at the Hungry Ghost Festival ~ Part 2

The Teochew Wayang at the Hungry Ghost Festival ~ Part 2

The Teochew Wayang at the Hungry Ghost Festival ~ Part 2

The Teochew Wayang at the Hungry Ghost Festival ~ Part 2

The Teochew Wayang at the Hungry Ghost Festival ~ Part 2

The Teochew Wayang at the Hungry Ghost Festival ~ Part 2

The Teochew Wayang at the Hungry Ghost Festival ~ Part 2

 

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 Teochew Wayang at the Hungry Ghost Festival   Leave a comment


The Teochew Wayang at the Hungry Ghost Festival

The Teochew Wayang at the Hungry Ghost Festival

The Teochew Wayang at the Hungry Ghost Festival

The Teochew Wayang at the Hungry Ghost Festival

The Teochew Wayang at the Hungry Ghost Festival

The Teochew Wayang at the Hungry Ghost Festival

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

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