Hungry Ghost

by Azhar73 August. 27, 2011 12511 views

Malaysia Hungry Ghost

August 2011
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Ethnic Chinese attend the Hungry Ghost Festival in Kajang, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 05 August 2011.

According to Chinese tradition, the seventh month in the Chinese lunar calendar is called the ghost month, in which ghosts and spirits are believed to come out from hell to visit earth.

Also known as the Hungry Ghost Festival it is a traditional Chinese festival and holiday celebrated on the 15th day of the seventh lunar month by Chinese in many countries During the festival, the Chinese prepare ritualistic food offerings, burn incense, paper-crafts offerings or joss paper and hell bank notes (printed to resemble legal tender bank notes) for the visiting spirits of the ancestors who seek food and entertainment. They believe that during the seventh lunar month, the gates of Hell are open for the ghosts to wander in and be fed in the earthly realm. These ghosts are believed to be ancestors of those who forgot to pay tribute to them after they died, or those who were never given a proper ritual send-off. Chinese opera performances, basing on famous Chinese myths and legends, were staged to entertain the ‘guests’. These performances declined in popularity because of the cost of holding such performances. Modern performances, showcasing mostly female singers dressed in fanciful costumes, have since gained popularity. The celebration which can last for days, may culminate with hosting the feast and the burning of paper offerings along with the Guardian God of Ghosts and other deities' effigies in a giant bonfire to signify their sending off to the ‘other world’.

Text : Ahmad Yusni/EPA

******************************

Pix by :

Azhar A Rahim
+6019 264 2844
[email protected]

A man gets his makeup done as he prepares for a ceremony during the Hungry Ghost Festival in Kajang, outside Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 6/8/2011

Ethnic Chinese perform a lion dance during the Hungry Ghost Festival in Kajang, outside Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 6/8/2011

An Ethnic Chinese man prays during the Hungry Ghost Festival in Kajang, outside Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 6/8/2011

An Ethnic Chinese boy prays in front of paper house builts for the lost ghosts and spirits of the ancestors during the Hungry Ghost Festival in Kajang, outside Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 6/8/2011

Ethnic Chinese prays in front of the makeshift shelter for the paper made statue of Chinese deity ‘Da Shi Ye’ or Guardian God of Ghosts, during the Hungry Ghost Festival in Kajang, outside Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 9/8/2011

An Ethnic Chinese lights a candle during the Hungry Ghost Festival in Kajang, outside Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 9/8/2011

A close-up view of the head of Chinese deity ‘Da Shi Ye’ known as Guardian God of Ghosts during the Hungry Ghost Festival in Kajang, outside Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 9/8/2011

Ethnic Chinese carry a paper boat to the burning site during the Hungry Ghost Festival in Kajang, outside Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 9/8/2011. The boat wil be burnt on the last day of praying and signifies giving directions to the lost ghosts and spirits of the ancestors to return to hell.

Ethnic Chinese carry a 39 foot tall paper made statue of Chinese deity ‘Da Shi Ye’ known as Guardian God of Ghosts to the burning site during the Hungry Ghost Festival in Kajang, outside Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 9/8/2011

Ethnic Chinese throws paper money in front of a 39 foot tall paper made statue of Chinese deity ‘Da Shi Ye’ known as Guardian God of Ghosts, during the Hungry Ghost Festival in Kajang, outside Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 10/8/2011

Ethnic Chinese set fire to a 39 foot tall paper made statue of Chinese deity ‘Da Shi Ye’ known as Guardian God of Ghosts, during the Hungry Ghost Festival in Kajang, outside Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 10/8/2011

Chinese movies plays using video player are perform in front of empty seats during the Hungry Ghost Festival in Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 13/8/2011. The first rows of seats are always empty as this is where the ghosts sit.

An Ethnic Chinese gets his makeup done as she prepares for an opera performance, basing on popular Chinese myths and legends at the Hungry Ghost Festival in Kajang, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 25/8/2011.

An Ethnic Chinese gets his makeup done as she prepares for an opera performance, basing on popular Chinese myths and legends at the Hungry Ghost Festival in Kajang, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 25/8/2011.

An Ethnic Chinese gets his makeup done as she prepares for an opera performance, basing on popular Chinese myths and legends at the Hungry Ghost Festival in Kajang, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 25/8/2011.

Ethnic Chinese talks as they prepares for an opera performance, basing on popular Chinese myths and legends at the Hungry Ghost Festival in Kajang, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 25/8/2011.

An Ethnic Chinese is pictured during an opera performance, basing on popular Chinese myths and legends at the Hungry Ghost Festival in Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 25/8/2011

An Ethnic Chinese perform in front of empty lands during the Hungry Ghost Festival in Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 25/8/2011. The empty lands are believe where the ghost sits.

An Ethnic Chinese is pictured during an opera performance, basing on popular Chinese myths and legends at the Hungry Ghost Festival in Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 25/8/2011

Food is offered to the ancestors in front of the Chinese Puppets Opera stage during the Hungry Ghost Festival in Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 25/8/2011

Chinese Puppets Opera performs in front of empty seats during the Hungry Ghost Festival in Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 25/8/2011. The first rows of seats are always empty as this is where the ghosts sit.

  Be the first to like this post
Join the conversation
0
Be the first one to comment on this post!
Up
Copyright @Photoblog.com