Dou Mou Gong

Dou Mou Gong
by freelance photographer Sam

Farewell Nine Emperor Gods Festival 2013

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Writings and Thoughts on: Farewell Nine Emperor Gods Festival 2013


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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Oh Well, I might as well pin this pics on my blog.....enjoy!!!












Here are some pics to share with you. I'll keep these pics posted till the time comes to remove them. So do pass the word around while the pics are up.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

My reply to Steven McIntire's comment


 Hi Steven M.

My apologies if you find my blog to be dull and not so informative. When I started this blog back in 2012, it (the blog) was posted with much detailed happenings in and around the Nine Emperor Gods Festival throughout the entire 9 days.

However, that all changed when I deleted 90% of my postings (as for the year 2012, all posting has been deleted) when I've gotten comments and feedback from viewers advising me to be extra careful and sensitive of my postings when other people's beliefs are involved yet respectful.  Without knowingly, I may have posted some posting that are "politically incorrect" on my blog.

My initial objective of starting this blog was to provide viewers with an extra information to the said festival as there are plentiful information out there online and you can probably google them. Anyways, I do presume that viewers who visited my blog do have some general view or idea of what my blog is all about so I need not be too fancy on it.

As for this years celebration of The Nine Emperor Gods Festival, I will be at the Kajang Nine Emperor Gods Temple throughout the entire 9 days and will most probably not do any postings.

Sam.


Steven McIntire wrote :  "

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Posted by Anonymous to The Nine Emperor Gods Festival at September 3, 2014 at 10:51 PM


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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Day 9 : Final farewell to the Nine Emperor Gods.

Hi people,

Out of posting discretion and respect for the Nine Emperor Gods Festival, His devotees and temple patrons, many photographs has been taken out of this blog. Please be understanding. Thank you.


Here is a photograph of my final moments when sending off the Nine Emperor Gods.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Day 9th : Fire Crossing Ceremony at Ampang Kow Ong Yeh.

Here is a pic on the Fire Walking Ceremony at the Kow Ong Yeh Temple Ampang.

Note : During the Fire Walking Ceremony, Cheryl and Sean was outside the fire pit parameter.  So, they were taking photographs from outside the fence. Sean was later let into the parameter.

To watch a real time video and time lapse video of my participation on fire walking  click here.







                                              
Next Posting is on Sending the Nine Emperor Gods back to heaven and procession.


Day 9th : Final moments before I say good bye (Foong Tin Gong, Kajang) and heading to Kow Ong Yeh Ampang


Day 9th : Prayers at Foong Tin Gong, Kajang before heading to Kow Ong Yeh temple in Ampang.

                                        

                     

Day 09th Feeding the Generals at the Kow Ong Yeh Temple, Ampang


Feeding the Generals Ceremony on Day 9th of Nine Emperor Festival at Ampang Kow Ong Yeh



   
                                                    

Day 9th of Nine Emperor Gods festival at Kow Ong Yeh Ampang K.L





                                  

Monday, October 14, 2013

Time Lapse Video and Real Time Video : Fire Crossing Ceremony at Nine Emperor Gods Temple in Kajang and Ampang


Hi People, 

I was very fortunate this year for having my pic taken while I was crossing the fire pit at Fong Tin Gong Nine Emperor Gods Temple in Kajang. It was a courtesy from my friend Leong who is also with me at Ampang Kow Ong Yeh for the "Bridge Crossing Ceremony" and also "Fire Walking Ceremony".  I was the last person to cross the fire pit hence ending the fire walking ceremony for the year2013 at Foong  Tin Gong Nine Emperor Gods Temple  in Kajang. The time lapse video below you can see me holding my camera with my glasses on my head. Fortunately it did not fell off.  :))


Thank you Leong (a freelance photographer) for capturing this rare moment. 

Thanks to all my fellow friends from various chinese ethnicity (at Ampang Kow Ong Yeh) for making this possible for me.

Also a special thanks to Cheryl for showing me the know how prior to day 9th of the festival .

Time lapse video of myself crossing the fire pit at Kajang, Foong Tin Gong Nine Emperor Gods Festival 2013 (3rd Day of festival)


 
Time Lapse Video


Real time video of myself walking the fire pit at Ampang , Kow Ong Yeh Nine Emperor Gods Festival 2013 (9th day of festival)

                                                      Real Time Video

Day 8th : Bridge Crossing Ceremony at the Ampang Temple

The "Bridge Crossing Ceremony" at the Nine Emperor Gods Festival Ampang K.L was a success for 2013. There was an overwhelming crowd and people were lining up to participate  the bridge crossing ceremony for good health and fortune. The event lasted for more than an hour and everybody was shouting "Wahlah" throughout the entire event.

Here are a few pics for the "Bridge Crossing Ceremony" at the Nine Emperor Gods Festival Ampang K.L

Future postings are  Day 09th Feeding the Generals ,
                               Day 9th Fire Crossing Ceremony,
                               Day 9th Sending off the Nine Emperor Gods
Pics will be updated from time to time.

Myself  (Thanks Leong, yet another freelance photographer)





Farewell Nine Emperor Gods Festival 2013


Hi people,

As the Nine Emperor Gods Festival draws to a close for the year 2013, It has been a great experience for me and also for other photographers as well. Committing oneself into capturing photographic moments of a carnival like festival ain't an easy task. Try asking any photographers and also journalist the pains they've gone through and endured during the 9 days of the festival (especially on day 9th). 

Personally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank a few good friends (who are from various chinese ethnicity) whom I have made while I journey myself throughout the mystical world of the Nine Emperor Gods Festival. Truly, without them my chances of taking good pics will not have succeeded. Again, together with their kind understanding, I was able to walk through the fire pit twice at Ampang temple and once at the Kajang temple this year. Thanks guys (at Ampang Kow Ong Yeh Temple) and stay in touch.

While the Nine Emperor Gods was busy granting wishes to His devotees and temple patrons, He would not be too happy with His little napoleons exerting their power on His holy ground creating much disturbance. Off course there will always be a few higher ranking officials who are there to hinder magical happenings of the Nine Emperor Gods Festival. And, I do acknowledge and understand their responsibility on preventing any outward incidents from occurring. By further exerting unnecessary authority to a much controlled situation, which will not only tense the harmonious environment of the festival but rather changing the main perception of the festival in its entirety. 

As for myself, this will very likely be my first and final coverage for the Nine Emperor Gods Festival at Ampang Kow Ong Yeh Temple. 


Cheers.


Friday, October 11, 2013

Day 6th : Bridge Crossing Ceremony at Foong Tin Gong Kajang, Selangor


Bridge Crossing Ceremony was held on day 6th of he Nine Emperor Gods Festival at Foong Tin Gong , Kajang. On this occasion patrons to the temple pay a small token (taken as donation) to walk across the blessed bridge by the mediums as a symbol for good health and prosperity. Each patron will then get a stamp behind their backs before and after bridge crossing.





Thursday, October 10, 2013

Day 6th: Feeding The Soldiers Ceremony at Nan Tian Gong Ampang, K.L


 Here is a pic I took today at the Nine Emperor Gods Temple in Ampang, K.L.

I left the Ampang Temple shortly after my meal (provided by the temple) and return to Kajang for the "Bridge Crossing" Ceremony. I think Sean has day 6th night coverage at the Ampang Kow Wong Yeh Temple. You can visit Sean's blog here.

See you there on day 8th and 9th of the festival.












Day 6th at Ampang Nan Tian Gong Nine Emperor Gods Temple.



I arrived early today at Ampang Nan Tian Gong Temple. As usual it was flooded with people who goes there to get their wishes granted by the Nine Emperor Gods.

Anyways, I did ask around about fire walking participation. Apparently, you have to have a number tag to walk across the fire pit at Ampang Nan Tian Gong. Fortunately, for those who is without a number tag will also be allowed to cross the fire pit but they'll have to wait for their turn until all people with tags have crossed the fire pit. Off course all people who wanted to cross the fire pit must practice vegetarian for the duration of 10 days. 


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

On the 5th day of Nine Emperor Gods Festival 2013


Hi people,

Today, the 5th day of the festival, there ain't too much happening but rather prayers and opera shows. Thus, I can pen down a few words before tomorrow's events. Tomorrow, the 6th day of the festival, I have decided to do day time coverage at the Nine Emperor Gods Ampang Temple and  night time coverage here at the Foong Tin Gong for the bridge crossing ceremony.

As for day 8th and day 9th of the festival, I will most probably be covering the fire crossing and the bridge crossing at the Ampang temple and sent off the Nine Emperor Gods from there. Keeping fingers crossed, I hope the people at the Ampang Nine Emperor Gods Temple would allow me to do the fire crossing yet again. Well, gotta ask nicely first.  :) :)

So see you there.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Events and Ceremonies for the third day of Nine Emperor Gods Festival at Foong Tin Gong Kajang





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Fire Walking Ceremony Pics at Foong Tin Gong Nine Emperor Gods Temple Kajang


 Photographs and video of myself crossing the fire pit at Kajang and Ampang Nine Emperor Gods Temple click here






Third day of The Nine Emperor Gods Festival Oct 07, 2013 "Fire Walking Ceremony" at Foong Tin Gong, Kajang

Hello people,

Well, just got  back from the temple and its 12.00 midnight. Today I'm gonna count my lucky stars and thank the Nine Emperor Gods for letting me be the last person to walk pass the fire pit at the Foong Tian Gong. Sincerest apology for my blog viewer that I do not have a video of myself walking pass the pit this year. I thought this year I would start by taking more photographs rather than videos as you have seen them (videos) already from my past postings. Anyways, I'd pass a smaller camera to my friend to take a pic of me but he was not paying much attention. Perhaps, next year some other photographers can join me with this "Fire Walking Ceremony" of  The Nine Emperor Gods Festival.

Feeling exhausted now, I think I'll hit the sack and upload the pics tomorrow.


Friday, October 4, 2013

Raising the Nine Emperor Gods Pole and Lantern at Nine Emperor Gods Temple in Nan Tian Gong, Ampang.

At Ampang, Kuala Lumpur Nine Emperor Gods Temple (Nan Tian Gong)




This morning, I was at the Nine Emperor Gods Temple in Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. While waiting for the raising of the Nine Emperor Gods Lantern Pole, I had a chance to meet up with Cheryl and Sean. 

It was a long day as part of the lantern pole broke off and they have to redo the lantern pole again. Anyways, it will take some time before they raise the pole again. Cheryl, Sean, and me decided to take a break and I return to Kajang.

More To Come...















Monday, September 30, 2013

Getting here.


Here's a little note for those people who wants to get to Kajang Nine Emperor Gods Temple (Foong Tin Gong).

There are several ways to get to Kajang town from Kuala Lumpur (K.L), one is by KTM komuter and the other is by bus. If I can remember correctly the fare for komuter and bus (1 way trip) is about RM 3++.
The train or KTM komuter will stop at the train station and the bus final destination will be in the town centre itself. Ok, for those who takes the train ride, the train station is about 10 minutes walk to the heart of town where the bus terminal is.

From the town centre, you can either take a cab which will cost between RM5.00-RM8.00 per trip to your final destination Foong Tin Gong Temple. Or you can walk along Jalan Sungai Chua to the temple itself (Jalan 17, Kampung Sungai Chua Kajang) (its about 15-20 minutes walk).

Anyways, the best transportation is still by car. If you have a friend who is going to the temple maybe you can car pool.