• Short Summary

    THE CHINESE ARE VERY SUPERSTITIOUS -- SO MUCH SO THAT EVEN THE OUTCOME OF A BIG BUSINESS DEAL CAN HINGE ON THE WHIM OF AN OLD BELIEF.

  • Description

    THE CHINESE ARE VERY SUPERSTITIOUS -- SO MUCH SO THAT EVEN THE OUTCOME OF A BIG BUSINESS DEAL CAN HINGE ON THE WHIM OF AN OLD BELIEF. AMONG THE MOST IMPORTANT POSSESSIONS OF MANY CHINESE ARE THEIR IDOLS WHICH REPRESENT GODS.

    SUPERSTITION GOVERNS THE DAILY LIVES OF MANY CHINESE. THE TEMPLES ARE CROWDED WITH WORSHIPPERS, PARTICULARLY DURING FULL MOON WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO BE A VERY PROPITIOUS TIME. MOST OF THE WORSHIPPERS ARE WOMEN. THEY SEEM TO BE MORE SUPERSTITIOUS THAN THE MEN.

    THE TEMPLES ARE FILLED WITH THE PUNGENT SMELL OF BURNING INCENSE FROM JOSS STICKS, LIT AS A SIGN OF RESPECT.

    HERE THE CHINESE WORSHIP THEIR GODS. THE GODS REPRESENT ANCESTORS, WHOSE SPIRITS ARE REVERED. THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF GODS AND THEIR IDOLS TAKE MANY FORMS. IDOLS ARE ALSO FOUND IN THE HOMES OF MOST OLDER CHINESE, ALTHOUGH THIS PRACTICE IS DECREASING.

    BUT THE MAKING OF IDOLS IS STILL A BIG BUSINESS. ONE OF THE LEADING SINGAPORE IDOL MAKERS IS 43-YEAR-OLD NG YEW KIAN, WHOSE FAMILY HAVE BEEN MAKING IDOLS IN THE HEART OF CHINATOWN FOR MORE THAN 100 YEARS. CHINESE WILL PAY UP TO GBP500 FOR A LARGE IDOL MADE FROM CAMPHOR WOOD.

    WITH EACH IDOL HE SELLS MR. NG GOES THROUGH A TRADITIONAL AND RITUALISTIC PERFORMANCE IN WHICH HE CRACKS A LENGTH OF MATERIAL LIKE A WHIP AND BLOWS A HORN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8OCVGW85LGMQIDXPVQFABORRQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA8OCVGW85LGMQIDXPVQFABORRQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/08/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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