Nine Emperor Gods Festival

A Day of Preparations at the Nine Emperor Gods Festival

September 26, 2011

Saturday was the day that devotees could come to the Ampang temple and get their rooms and beds for this year’s festival dates. It was great to see some friends, observe the temple cleaned up and ready to go, and…

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2011 Nine Emperor Gods Festival Starts next week!

September 21, 2011

It’s time to get the dates on your calendar so that you don’t miss the events of 2011! This year’s Nine Emperor Gods festival begins with a procession to collect the Emperor. The procession takes place the evening of Sept…

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Kau Ong Yah pays a visit to Ampang last May!

September 11, 2011

A few months ago the Kau Ong Yah Lam Thian Kiong Temple of Ampang held a 20 Km radius Ancestor and Thanksgiving ritual. It was a beautiful ceremony over several days in which the temple fulfilled its obligations to the…

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A ritual master

A Splendid Send Off for the Emperor – the final day of the Nine Emperor Gods Festival in Ampang

October 17, 2010

The rains finally came to Ampang today and, poetically, it’s nice to think of it as the Emperor saying goodbye. The cosmos has regained an order, yin and yang are properly in balance and prayers for peace and prosperity have…

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Women praying with incense

Balancing in the Final Two Days of Nine Emperor Gods Festival

October 15, 2010

The week has gone by so quickly! Here we are with only two days remaining in the festival. It’s an interesting time to be at the temple – the energy is high and there’s a lot to do, but a…

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Fire walking

Firewalking Ceremony at the Nine Emperor Gods Festival Ampang

October 14, 2010

The firewalking ceremony at the Nine Emperor Gods Temple in Ampang is the culmination of the festival and brings the world into balance. Huge crowds turn out to witness hundreds of men cross the firepit as this is the most…

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Yellow Dragon


October 12, 2010

Yellow is the colour of sunshine. And, more importantly for us here, it is the colour of the Nine Emperor Gods Festival. Yellow is the oldest sacred colour of China and therefore appropriate for a ritual festival, steeped in secrets…

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Water and Fire on Oct 15 and 16, 2010

October 12, 2010

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival in Ampang is well underway – today is the 5th Day of the Ninth Moon. Last evening the festival seemed quiet, but that is compared to the crowds and chaos of the weekend. It was…

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Beggars on the street

The Yellow Curtain

October 9, 2010

I dreamt last night of yellow and streaks of light in the night sky and so am glad of a day of distraction from the temple to give my imagination a rest! A couple of things happened yesterday to prompt…

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Beggars on the street

It Begs the Question

October 8, 2010

  The Nine Emperor Gods Festival in Ampang is a cacophony of visual stimuli. That’s why I enjoy it so much – the combination of the sacred and profane, the commercial and the spiritual, the dark and the light, and,…

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