Sunday, September 20, 2015

Are you still hungry tonite?? Hungry Ghost Part 2

Before we move on to the Mooncake Festival, here are more shots of Hungry Ghost Festival...

Pandan Perdana, KL
Under my umbrella, ella ella - the lamps are the signpost to spirits that a 'feast' is on.
Colourful kuihs on the offering table.
A light for the souls - Tua Pek and a candle.
Huat ah, huat ah... kuih with the Chinese character 发 (發) meaning to bring forth ie bring forth good fortunes etc.

Pandan Mewah, Selangor
A leap of faith - A Taoist priest does the 'Breaking the Walls of Hell' ceremony for departed relatives.

Bukit Mertajam, Penang
I've got my eyes on you...
Hazed in...
Pray, pray, don't play play
I'll be back... next year.
Lim Jetty, Penang
A Chinese opera actor puts on make-up to perform for the spirits and humans.

 Jelutong West (Bukit Dumbar), Penang
The paper effigy of the King of Hades being carried off to be burnt.

Ampang Nine Emperor Gods Temple, Selangor
Offerings to the Hungry Ghost.
Not BR1M - priest giving out coins during the prayer ceremony.

Ampang Mewah, Selangor
A syncretic version where Amida Buddha and Taoist Pure Ones were worshipped in the festival.

Prayers for the spirits
Burn baby, burn... King of Hades and his retinue being sent off at the end of the ceremony.

Taman Desa Bakti Selayang, KL
Once in every three years, they will have a procession to 'cleanse' and appease the spirits at the roads.
Offering at road junctions.

Seng Hong Temple Brickfields, KL
Throw him down once more... Mediums playing with a bed of broken glass.
A medium in trance with Da Shi Ye, the King of Hades, blessing the plaque that he carries with blood from his cut tongue.
Sending off the King of Hades with the help of mediums.

That's all folks, see you next year... Like Arnie said "I'll be back!"