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The Huki and The One

In Georgetown, the other evening, I witnessed a ritual at Tiong Sim Thnuah on Hong Kong Street. They worship the nine emperors as ONE, and present a beautiful, intricately-carved statue of that deity that they refer to as “a kind of Tao Bow.” That requires a little more exploration!! They also make special use of the huki, a type of double pronged divination rod, held by one person in trance and another who is not. I like to think of it as a union of heaven and earth. This ritual was about filling the vessel (think the stars of the big dipper) with rice for prosperity, kemenyan for cleanliness and paper money for wealth, in preparation for their celebration of the Nine Emperor Gods birthday the next evening.

A wall of huki adorns the temple

The ONE who represents the NINE

The huki is held by two people. The one in trance leads the way

A dipper of rice, kemenyan, and paper money folded into boats

The energy of the huki is transferred to the devotee


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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