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Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Welcoming the Nine Emperor Gods @ Ampang

Despite the heavy downpour, the invitation of the Nine Emperor Gods at Ampang Nan Tian Gong temple goes on as usual. The rain did not dampen the spirit and devotion of the devotees, who pushed on to invite the Nine Emperor Gods from the river back to the temple.

Going out to get the Nine Emperor Gods....

The Nine Emperor Gods, being represented by an urn held out of public sight under the royal yellow canopy, was escorted back to the temple with pomp and glory by an entourage of soaking wet and tired mediums, priest and devotees that arrived back at the temple around 9.30pm.

Here come the Nine Emperor Gods... escorting the urn back into the temple.



Monday, October 08, 2018

The Festival begins at Ampang Nine Emperor Gods Temple

And so it begins, the start of the nine day vegetarian festival at Ampang Nan Tian Gong, with the raising of the lantern pole at midday today (8th Oct 2018). As per tradition, this temple will go out to 'invite' the Nine Emperor Gods from a nearby river later in the evening (7.30pm). Noticeably the temple grounds is filled predominantly with two very significant colours that are associate with this festival, yellow and white.


Yellow is of course the colour of royalty in the East, and hence things associated the Nine Emperor Gods or divinity during this festival would be clad in yellow. The other colour is white, being a symbol of purity (the strict vegetarian diet) or mourning (associated with certain stories of how the festival arose) and hence devout devotees/followers would wear all white including covering the head with a white scarf for the duration of the festival.





Sunday, October 07, 2018

Time for Nine Emperor Gods Festival 2018


Yup, it is that time of the year again... the Nine Emperor Gods Festival is starting on the 9th until the 17th of October 2018. Of course the invitation of the Nine Emperor Gods happens on the eve of the festival, which falls on the 8th of October this year. At the Ampang Nine Emperor Gods temple (安邦南天宫九皇爷庙), preparations for the festival has been happening since two weeks ago. So do pop in and join in the festivities if you are nearby.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

The Heat Is On - Nine Emperor Gods Festival at Jinjang

Runing through the flames
Huat (發) ahhhh.... or is it Hot ahhhhh!!!!



Live view of the piercing action....


The Nine Emperor Gods Temple in Jinjang, Kuala Lumpur holds nightly events throughout the Nine Emperor Gods Festival. The temple can be located by typing in your navigator the name Pak Thian Kiong Temple, so it is easy to find.

Ampang Nine Emperor Gods Festival - What We Love and Hate About The Festival No.3

Q: What do we love-hate about the festival?
A: The offerings... on one side, they are so cute, colourful and at times taking up whatever empty space that there is in the temple. On the flip side... looks messy and seems like a huge waste of paper, food etc.
The floor filled with offering buns, joss-paper, rice and fruits at Ampang Nine Emperor Gods.




Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Ampang Nine Emperor Gods Festival - What We Love and Hate About The Festival No.2

Q:What do we love-hate about the festival?
A:STINKY TOFU!!!! For every 10 people that love this stinky tofu, another 10 hate it to their guts. Almost at the same level with durians.
Stinky tofu sign along the street leading to the Ampang Nine Emperor Gods Temple.



Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Ampang Nine Emperor Gods Festival - What We Love and Hate About The Festival No.1

This is the next three of the series; the love-hate relationship in the festival. There are some things that we love, and hate as well about this festival in Ampang, and in no particular order, here is No. 1

Q: What do we love-hate about the festival?
A: Smoke! Incense smoke. We love it cause it is so pretty to shoot, so ephemeral and temporary. It gives the atmosphere that we associate with the festival and brings about a sense of the divine being near.

Q: Why you hate it then?
A: Cough cough and teary eyes. Stay too long and you might get chemical conjunctivitis or breathing difficulties. Plus all your clothes will have that horrible scorched smell. And the grossest part is.... try looking at your booger after being in the smoke for a while.
It is a smoky affair during the Nine Emperor Gods Festival at Ampang.

Monday, October 03, 2016

Ampang Nine Emperor Gods Festival - What We Love About The Festival No. 3

Q: What do we love about Ampang Nine Emperor Gods Festival?
A: Friendly faces everywhere! 

Everywhere you turn, there is a friendly, familiar face that
greets you

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Ampang Nine Emperor Gods Festival - What We Love About The Festival No. 2

Q: What do we love about Ampang Nine Emperor Gods Festival?
A: The lions! Who doesn't love to touch, feel, errr molest the lions during a lion dance performance. And at the festival, no one, young or old, can resist the cute, playful lions prancing through the temple during one of the procession days.

A 'Michelangelo Creation of Adam' moment by the kid and the lady as the lions passes by.


Saturday, October 01, 2016

Ampang Nine Emperor Gods Festival - The 'What' Series: What Do We Love About The Festival No. 1

So the Nine Emperor Gods Festival had begun, and to kick it off, I will start a 'What Series' with What We Love About the Festival Q & A. So here is the first installation of the series:

Q: What do we love about Ampang Nine Emperor Gods Festival?
A: Yellow strips of cloth and talismans!!! Who doesn't notice the bright (and rather gaudy) yellow strips that goes with the talismans that is given out when you give a donation that is almost synonymous with the festival. You tie them around your wrist, or on your bag and even in your car. Plus you get a bunch of talismans that looks almost like calligraphic art pieces.
Stacks of yellow cloth strips and talismans waiting to be given away to devotees - for a token sum, of course!

 

The Royal Invitation - Ampang Nine Emperor Gods Festival 2016

Off in a hurry to fetch the Emperor!
The eve of the Nine Emperor Gods Festival sees devotees from Ampang Nine Emperor Gods Temple off to invite the Nine Emperor Gods from their 'secret' location. This age old tradition sees devotees in white, priests, mediums in trance, lion and dragon dance troupes, palanquins carried by men and decorated motorised floats go down the old Ampang town on the way out to the invitation site.


Dragons whizzing through the temple.
Off we go to fetch the Nine Emperor Gods

The Nine Emperor Lamps were consecrated with fire before being raised up to indicate the Nine Emperor Gods Festival is ongoing here.


Friday, September 30, 2016

Ampang Nine Emperor Gods Festival 2016 begins...

The power of talisman... Ampang Nine Emperor Gods Temple lantern pole.


The pole is up, and the festivities begins at Ampang Nine Emperor Gods Temple.



Waiting for the Emperor's Return - Nine Emperor Gods Festival 2016

Today is the day we wait for the Emperor's Return...

The now empty passageways and prayer halls will soon fill with devotees seeking the blessings of the Nine Emperor Gods.


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Nine Emperor Gods Festival Countdown - 1 More Day

Q: I went to one of those Nine Emperor Gods temple and OMG I saw what looked like shrunken heads on sticks being worshiped at an altar. Like are they some headhunter shrunken head worshiping cult???
A: LOL, those are not shrunken heads, even though they look like it. Those heads on sticks represent the Five Directional Generals that guard the space/temple. They are found in Taoist/Shennist temples and is part and parcel of the many rituals that go on in these places.

1 MORE DAY


Tomorrow (Friday 30 Sept 2016) is the eve of the Nine Emperor Gods Festival for 2016. In many temple that celebrate the festival, tomorrow will be the day that they raise the pole for the 9 lanterns that represents the Nine Emperor Gods presence on Earth. So this is the last of the countdown series for Nine Emperor Gods Festival 2016.

This post is a tribute to Cheryl J Hoffmann,who had inspired me to take photographing Nine Emperor Gods Festival to the next level. And on that note, if you need info on the schedule for the Nine Emperor Gods Festival at Ampang, do check out her site, and be inspired by her photos and stories of this festival:


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Nine Emperor Gods Festival Countdown - 2 More Days

Q: I see a lot of yellow lanterns being used, as well as items coloured yellow. I thought Chinese love red stuff?
A: Whilst red is an auspicious colour, yellow is the colour of the Emperor, a royal colour so to speak. Hence the use of yellow for everything Nine Emperor Gods.

Q: OMG, why do they have such bizarre piercings? I mean things like bicycles, ceiling fans and samurai swords???
A: Ahhh, you must have seen those Thai spirit mediums. They do the piercings with such bravado and theatrics that makes Thai Nine Emperor Gods Festival (particularly Phuket) attracts so many people who come to see the spectacle with their own eyes. Some temples over here do invite them over, and towards the northern parts of Peninsular Malaysia, they are more common, the bizarre piercings and body cutting.

2 MORE DAYS

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Nine Emperor Gods Festival Countdown - 3 More Days

Q: When is usually the best time to visit this festival
A: If you want to see the crowd, people and activities, night time are usually the best, or whenever they have specific prayers or a procession. The timing for these activities will differ from temple to temple, and it is best to find out from the temple or their webpage/Facebook.

3 MORE DAYS
安邦南天宫九皇大帝

Monday, September 26, 2016

Nine Emperor Gods Festival Countdown - 4 More Days

Q:Why does he go prancing about around the temple and dancing on the stage?
A: The spirit medium is possessed by the Nine Emperor God, and he goes around inspecting and blessing the grounds of the temple to ensure all is well. And yes, he does have some pretty awesome moves; Heaven must have a dance club that really rocks.

4 MORE DAYS

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Nine Emperor Gods Festival Countdown - 5 More Days

Q: I see that the devotees go off in a procession at the beginning of the festival with mediums, urns and whatnot, where on earth are they headed to?
A: They are off to invite the Nine Emperor Gods to the temple. They don't come flying in on Air Force One or some chartered royal jets; but have to be invited from a body of water, be it the sea or river or lake.

PS - A friend of mine says even monsoon drains are used... Looks like the Emperor can't be picky in this modern age, ahahahaha.

5 MORE DAYS

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Nine Emperor Gods Festival Countdown - 6 More Days

Q:What is that pair of red wooden block that I see them throwing around, the ones with one side rounded and the other side being flat.
A: They are a type of divination blocks called jiao bei.

Q: So what answers do they get from throwing those blocks?
A: Put it simply, a YES, NO or LOL (yes seriously the gods do laugh at the questions asked).

6 MORE DAYS

Friday, September 23, 2016

Nine Emperor Gods Festival Countdown - 7 More Days

Q: What do the devotees do during the festival?
A: In a nutshell; Eat, Sleep, Pray. They go on a strict bland vegetarian diet, some move into rooms/dorms within the temple for the entire 9 days of the festival and pray several times a day to purify themselves and obtain the blessings of the Nine Emperor Gods

7 MORE DAYS