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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. Perhaps that is the attraction. Perhaps it’s also the fluid combination of both Chinese and Hindu beliefs. Whatever it is, it’s strong! Although I am usually determined to photograph other ritual elements, when I am at this celebration it is the powerful energy of the”tang-ki”┬áthat pulls me in. They are all pervasive and the idea of ritual as entertainment is in full throttle. Their 5 hour procession takes them from Brickfields, into Chinatown, to Bukit Bintang, then back, with altars to honour the gods lining the roads all the way. ┬áHere are a few images of what I saw the night of the annual procession 2017.

Author Cheryl

Rarely without my camera, I am inspired by energy in a crowd, the peacefulness of light, and the intensity of spirit. Based in Malaysia, I photograph rituals and traditions, ceremonies and celebrations, beliefs and ideas.

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