Before the Show

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The sound of the nomadic Tuareg people of Mali is still echoing through the city as I write this. Theirs is a music that comes from time, that comes from...

Full-Powered Energy at City God Temple

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Once again, during the 7th lunar month, I returned to the City God temple on the river in Brickfields. The resident deity, Chenghuangshen, is a protector of the urban environment....

Generations of Respect: The Rhythms of Kompang Jidor

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Kompang Jidor is the traditional art of complex drumming and devotional chanting. I was fortunate to photograph a performance by Persatuan Kompang Kg Parit Madirono in which they displayed their...

Merged Energies in an Evening of Expectation

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The eve of the Nine Emperor Gods Festival in Ampang is always one of great expectations. Before the sun sets, the dragons and lions dance before the altar in a...

Being Reminded in the Beginning

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There is an interesting energy on the eve of the Nine Emperor Gods Festival. For me it is a day of looking back and of looking forward, of seeking to…

Sacred Space and Energy on Hong Kong St

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Hong Kong St Tow Bow Keong is a gathering place. It is the heart of the Nine Emperor Gods Festival in Penang, respected, honest, dedicated. Here I see a convergence...

OF THIS PLACE

An Exhibition about the “Datuk”

George Town Festival 2017

Big, bold and beautiful – the six images along Lebuh Chulia, in front of the Cantonese Association, introduce a Malaysian story that is close to my heart. I’m an historical geographer and the worship of the “Datuk” deity is about as historically geographical as a story can get. It’s about place and spaces and rocks and trees and rivers. It’s about the movement of people and their adaptation to a new environment. It’s about learning about others and respecting place and the values and beliefs that exist there. It’s about co-existing and being neighbours and being grateful for what home has given you.

The images in OF THIS PLACE have been positioned on Lebuh Chulia to draw attention to the current “Chinese” nature of Datuk worship. They are also adjacent to two Muslim mausoleums, that reflect the association of the Datuk with older, established practices of worshipping the holy man.

More information about the images in the links below.

The Datuk – Adaptation to Place

July 25, 2017

The Jugra Connection

July 25, 2017

The Spirit in the Trees

July 25, 2017

Provider and Protector of Prosperity

July 25, 2017

The Datuk – “Orang Bunian”

July 25, 2017

The Datuk – What’s in a Name?

July 25, 2017

How “The Datuk” Found A Home In Malaysia

July 25, 2017

What Goes In To A Datuk House?

July 25, 2017

How To Worship The Datuk

July 25, 2017