An illustration of a man-made dragon

Merged Energies in an Evening of Expectation

November 2, 2017

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 frenzied performance of respect. In that ritual, the sacred space…

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Religious scriptures

Being Reminded in the Beginning

November 1, 2017

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 remember what lies ahead. It always feels a little empty…

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A priest is burning a flag as the part of ritual

Sacred Space and Energy on Hong Kong St

October 28, 2017

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 energies, criss-crossing lines, colours merging. During the rituals, the…

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Kemenyan rice in a utensil at temple during the festival

The Huki and The One

October 27, 2017

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…

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A man burning paper

2017 Dates for Festival

October 11, 2017

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival is always held during the first nine days of the Ninth Chinese Lunar Month. In 2017, that’s October 20th to 28th. The schedule of events varies for each of the temples so if you are…

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Let’s Get Started by Looking Back

October 10, 2017

We are only 10 days away from the start of another amazing festival. A quick review of last year’s photos gets me beyond psyched up for what lies ahead! So here are 9 to bring us closer to the Ninth…

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