• Short Summary

    WATER BLESSED ACCORDING TO BUDDHIST RITES WAS LAVISHLY SPRINKLED AROUND AND THROUGHOUT THE HONGKONG GOVERNMENT RATING AND VALUATION OFFICES AT MURRAY HOUSE ON MAY 19.

  • Description

    WATER BLESSED ACCORDING TO BUDDHIST RITES WAS LAVISHLY SPRINKLED AROUND AND THROUGHOUT THE HONGKONG GOVERNMENT RATING AND VALUATION OFFICES AT MURRAY HOUSE ON MAY 19.

    SOLEMN CEREMONIES OF EXORCISM WERE PERFORMED DURING A TEN-HOUR LONG SESSION OF PROCESSION, INTERCESSION, VOTIVE OFFERING AND BURNING OF TABLETS, IN ATTEMPTS TO PACIFY DISTURBED SPIRITS SAID TO OCCUPY THE BUILDING.

    THE BUILDING (FORMERLY BRITISH ARMY PREMISES), WAS USED AS A DETENTION CENTRE DURING THE JAPANESE OCCUPATION.IT IS CLAIMED THAT PEOPLE WERE TORTURED THERE, SOME TO THE POINT OF DEATH, AND THAT OTHERS COMMITTED SUICIDE THERE DURING THE WAR YEARS.

    FROM BUDDHIST MONASTERIES IN VARIOUS PARTS OF THE COLONY, THE HIGH PRIESTS, MONKS AND FOLLOWERS ARRIVED AT MURRAY HOUSE.

    THREE-HOUR LONG ROBING AND PURIFICATION CEREMONIES PRECEDED THE FIRST PROCESSIONAL PURIFICATION RITE THAT BEGAN LAT IN THE AFTERNOON.

    IN GOWNS OF SAFFRON, CRIMSON, BROWN AND BLACK FABRICS, FIFTY-SIX BUDDHIST PRIESTS AND MONKS COMMENCED THEIR WALK AROUND THE OUTER PERIMETER OF THE COLONIAL-STYLE BUILDING.

    AS SCARLET PAINTED GOURDS WERE CLAPPED INCESSANTLY TO AROUSE THE SPIRITS, DIRGEFUL MONOLOGUES WERE CHANTED, PRAYER, BEADS WERE SAID AND WILLOW LEAVES DIPPED IN GLASSES OF WATER WERE SHAKEN OVER COURTYARDS AND PAVEMENTS.

    HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE GATHERED OUTSIDE THE BUILDING, WHICH WAS BRILLIANTLY ILLUMINATED, BUT NONE WAS ALLOWED TO GO IN TO WATCH THE CEREMONY.

    HOWEVER, REPORTERS AND OTHER PUBLICITY AGENTS WERE PERMITTED TO ENTER THE UPSTAIRS ROOM WHERE THREE BUDDHAS AND A FLOWER-DECKED ALTAR, WITH BELLS AND FIGURINES HAD BEEN ERECTED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1149F89K5MPJBZ28V3TMB6IYI
    Media URN:
    VLVA1149F89K5MPJBZ28V3TMB6IYI
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/05/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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