• Short Summary

    AMONG UNUSUAL CEREMONIES AND RITUALS IN SINGAPORE IS THE STRANGE WORSHIP TO KNOW CHER THIAN - THE MONKEY GOD.

  • Description

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    GV TEMPLE, SINGAPORE.
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    2.
    SV INT..DEVOTEES AT ALTAR.
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    3.
    LV ALTAR.
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    4.
    CU MAN IN TRANCE.
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    5.
    SV MAN DANCES AROUND IN TRANCE.
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    6.
    SV PEOPLE ENTER TEMPLE (2 SHOTS).
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    7.
    SV MAN RUNS AROUND.
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    8.
    CU MORE PEOPLE ENTER.
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    9.
    CU MAN CUTS HIS TONGUE WITH SWORD.
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    10.
    SV WOMAN AT ALTAR
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    CU COLLECTING BLOOD IN CUP.
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    12.
    SV WRITING ON PRAYER PAPER WITH BLOOD.
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    13.
    CU PAN..MAN TO WRITING ON PAPER WITH BLOOD.
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    Background: AMONG UNUSUAL CEREMONIES AND RITUALS IN SINGAPORE IS THE STRANGE WORSHIP TO KNOW CHER THIAN - THE MONKEY GOD. EVERY SUNDAY, AT THE SOON THIAN KENG TEMPLE, A PRIEST, PAINTED AND GARBED TO REPRESENT A MONKEY, POSTURES AND DANCES BEFORE A STATUE OF THE MONKEY GOD.

    FIRST THE PRIEST SITS FACING THE STATUE. HIS HEAD DROPS FORWARD ON HIS CHEST INTO A CLOUD OF INCENSE RISING FROM A BUNCH OF JOSS STICKS HELD IN HIS HANDS. AFTER A FEW MINUTES, HE STARTS TO TWITCH AND SQUIRM. AS HE INHALES MORE INCENSE, HIS MOVEMENTS BECOME MORE VIOLENT. HIS WHOLE APPEARANCE TAKES ON A SIMIAN ASPECT. SUDDENLY HE LEAPS UP, CHATTERS, SCRATCHES HIMSELF, AND LEAPS LIKE A MONKEY.

    A LINE OF FEMALE DEVOTEES FORMS BEHIND HIM AND HE LEADS THEM ABOUT THE TEMPLE, FINALLY STOPPING BEFORE AN ALTAR ON WHICH LIES A LARGE DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD. HE PICKS UP THE SWORD AND, AMIDST A CRESCENDO OF CLASHING CYMBALS AND DRUMS, MOVES THE SWORD BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS ACROSS HIS TONGUE, CAUSING NUMEROUS LACERATIONS. AN ATTENDANT COMES FORWARD WITH A SMALL BOWL, AND COLLECTS THE BLOOD. THE BOWL IS THEN PLACED ON THE ALTAR AND THE PRIEST, USING A BRUSH, DAUBS WITH HIS BLOOD, PRAYER PAPERS BROUGHT FORWARD BY THE FEMALE DEVOTEES.

    THE DEVOTEES ARE NEARLY ALL CHINESE MOTHERS WHO ARE ASKING THE MONKEY GOD TO TAKE SOME YEARS FROM THEIR OWN LIVES, AND GIVE THEM TO THEIR CHILDREN. SOME MOTHERS BRING INFANTS FORWARD AND ASK THE MONKEY GOD TO BECOME THEIR GOD FATHER, TO ENSURE THEIR LONG LIFE AND GOOD HEALTH.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAB6ZFG3MZB1BPL7FM5BBEKCVQT
    Media URN:
    VLVAB6ZFG3MZB1BPL7FM5BBEKCVQT
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/10/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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