• Short Summary

    In the Malayan off-shore island of Penang, a Chinese temple is dominated by unusual inmates...snakes,?

  • Description

    In the Malayan off-shore island of Penang, a Chinese temple is dominated by unusual inmates...snakes, snakes which are known to be poisonous but which have been harmless to thousands of devotees who gather at the temple right round the year.

    A fortnight after the Chinese New Year, the temple takes on added importance. The devotees increase in number. They come from all over Malaya bringing for the snakes, eggs as offering, and to pray to the Deity for blessings.

    The most sought after blessings are: wealth, spouse, and health. Especially the opium smokers find that a visit to the temple in cures them of the opium habit.

    The temple dates back to 150 years and the Deity is reported to be brought from China. The snakes are one of the kind found in nearby hills and for over a century have fascinated both the devotees and tourists.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4A6AJ5VTF7RLY9O61QCW3KU9P
    Media URN:
    VLVA4A6AJ5VTF7RLY9O61QCW3KU9P
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/03/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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