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Kek Lok Si Temple

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Phoebe
Phoebe

Registered: October 2008
Location: Land Down Under
Posts: 152
December 6, 2008 5:23am

As a kid, I used to watch in fascination at worshippers, mostly female, kneeling on those low stools and praying silently whilst carefully shaking a bamboo cylinder (containing fortune sticks) with both hands. When one of the sticks fell out, the worshippers would stop to pick it up and read whatever fortune message or lucky number was written on it. Some worshippers would repeat the shaking ritual once or twice more, depending on what they were praying for.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
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December 6, 2008 6:06am

In Hong Kong I saw a woman praying at a temple in Kowloon Tong and I admired the deft manner in which she handled that bamboo cylinder and managed to make one little stick fly out in the most dramatic fashion each time. If I had done it, I suppose the whole lot of sticks would have flown out every time:)
Phoebe
Phoebe

Registered: October 2008
Location: Land Down Under
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December 6, 2008 6:50am

Oh, I remember my siblings and I would try to see who could do that clever flying stick trick you mentioned. Instead of the real thing worshippers use in temples, we put used ice-cream sticks in an old condensed milk tin. None of us ever came anywhere close to mastering the trick. We also wrote numbers (from 1 to 10) on the sticks. It turned into a fun game we used to play among ourselves to see who had the highest score after taking turns to shake out 3 sticks. It cost our parents nothing and kept us kids entertained. What a far cry from the expensive high-tech games and electronic gadgets today's kids amuse themselves with.
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 92
December 8, 2008 3:09am

Hi Phoebe
Come year end and I'm always swamped with work. We stay away for a little while and there is so much to catch up on in IT, PT and TT. One is tempted to think Kayes never eats nor sleeps! Phoebe, you reminded me of those day when we followed our servants to the temples. They would 'kou chim' [Cantonese] for various reasons. It was perhaps to see if it was an auspicious day, to see their luck, to sort out family matters ... etc. I can still hear the rhythmic clicking and clacking of the slim bamboo sticks in their cylindrical container!



By the way Kayes I like the flooring, almost too pretty to walk on, don't you think?
Phoebe
Phoebe

Registered: October 2008
Location: Land Down Under
Posts: 152
December 8, 2008 6:03am

Hi, Blue Grass.


Yes, it's that time of year when everyone's busy as. Smile


Thanks for refreshing my memory with the Cantonese term "kow chim". I'm quite ashamed to have to admit that my command of Cantonese is such that it can only be described as "rojak Cantonese" at best. Unlike my (late) parents and many siblings, I've always struggled with speaking fluent proper Cantonese all my life for some bizarre reason, despite the fact that I actually grew up in Ipoh. This is not to say that I cannot speak 'Cantonese' (which I can with the help of words borrowed from other dialects and/or languages, hence "rojak Cantonese"). I simply lack an adequate command of the Cantonese vocabulary so much so it's become a lifelong running joke amongst my own siblings, relatives, childhood friends and former classmates ever since I was a kid. It's just gotten worse with age. Smile!



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