Nine Emperor Gods Festival

Procession Route for Friday, Oct 4 2013 Kow Ong Yah, Ampang

October 3, 2013

Friday, October 4th is the start of this year’s Nine Emperor Gods Festival. The procession to invite the Emperor will leave the Kow Ong Yah temple in Ampang Baru at 8pm, but the festivities get started earlier. The link below…

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It’s That Time Again!

September 13, 2013

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival begins on Oct 4th! At Kau Ong Yah in Ampang they are already making preparations to the grounds and the dormitory rooms are selling quickly. I’ve updated the calendar for the Ampang Festival and you…

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Georgetown Festival 2013 invites the Nine Emperors

May 4, 2013

A special exhibit of my photos of the Nine Emperor Gods festival will be part of Georgetown Festival 2013. The photos will be exhibited along Jalan Cheong Fatt Tze between June 15 and July 7. Using the heritage buildings as…

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Incense burning

Other Photographers Show Their Stuff

November 12, 2012

Oh how we pine for those bundles of Joss Sticks. So, to help those of us still looking for a Nine Emps fix – I’m passing on some work by some other photographers. The photojournalists (of course) were the first…

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A woman eating a lollipop

*Sweet* in JB

October 26, 2012

It was truly a sweet moment. I looked around and lollipops were everywhere. “Photo Op!!” A short while earlier, the temple Sifu, Wee Ah Moi, was in trance as the young disciple of Guan Yin, Siang Chai Yah. She was…

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Dancers performing a ritual dance

Awesome Johor Send Off for the Emperor

October 26, 2012

Nine has always been my number… In Johor, the Emperor who came to the temple this year was brother number Nine, You Bi Da Dao Xing Jun. He is the ninth star of the Big Dipper and one of the…

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Oct 22 (Day 8 Bridge Crossing) and Oct 23 (Day 9 Firewalking) at Kow Ong Yah Ampang

October 22, 2012

If you thought Day 6 rocked at the Nine Emperor Gods Festival in Ampang, hold on to your hat as we head in to Day 8 and Day 9. The next two days are all about bringing the cosmos back…

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Papers burning

Day 6 Rocks Ampang.

October 21, 2012

From Kow Ong Yah swinging his sword about on the Opera stage to rituals of thanksgiving and dormitories full of loving friends, Day 6 at Kow Ong Yah temple in Ampang was a real feast for the senses. There were…

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What to expect on the 6th Day, October 20th

October 19, 2012

Saturday, October 20th is the 6th day of the Nine Emperor Gods Festival. In Ampang at 2pm, the mediums will invite the gods to the temple to help perform the ritual ceremony of feeding the armies of the generals that…

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A woman in front of an altar

Nine Emperors in Johor Bahru

October 18, 2012

Words come easily to describe the Nine Emperor Gods Festival at Sam Siang Keng temple in Johor Bahru. It is a place of gentle kindness and warm hospitality. It is above all a feminine place, where the Goddess of Mercy…

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