A young Taoist Master in his early 30's, Jave made a pledge that he will conduct this salvation ritual out of his own pocket (hence: spiritual philanthropy ) to help bring peace to the wandering souls of Bukit Brown and Greater Bukit Brown area. He finally found time to do it this year and i thought it was timely especially with the exhumation of the affected tombs by the 8 lane highway all completed. As i am not able to converse nor read in Mandarin, i am fortunate to have Jave patiently explained to the observers in English what the ritual was about and its significance after the entire ceremony was over.
|Taoist Master Jave Wu conducting his salvation ritual|
|Offerings on the table as well as the Tablets|
Below are some pictures of the ceremony which is something new to me. I am especially impressed to see a Taoist Master who sings and chants in a very melodious manner through the ritual. Another thing that struck me was the youthfulness of the Taoist Priest and his equally youthful apprentices.
|Young Apprentices continuing an age old tradition|
|Tablets, petitions and offering readied to be sent|
(Bukit Brown, Seh Ong, Kopi Sua is mentioned on this tablet)
|Offerings being burn|
|Offerings being sent to the spiritual realm|
|Jave explaining about the significance of the bun|
|Close up of the bun which is symbolic of the transport which is boarded |
by the wandering spirits. It will spring board them to the spiritual realm
|There was a large ceremony held last night judging from the joss paper strewn around|