• Short Summary

    NO CHINESE RELIGIOUS CEREMONY IS COMPLETE WITHOUT JOSS STICKS.IT IS ESTIMATED THAT MILLIONS OF THESE?

  • Description

    NO CHINESE RELIGIOUS CEREMONY IS COMPLETE WITHOUT JOSS STICKS.IT IS ESTIMATED THAT MILLIONS OF THESE AROMATIC INCENSE STICKS ARE BURNT EACH YEAR IN SINGAPORE AND THE OTHER MALAYSIAN TERRITORIES.

    SINGAPORE PRODUCES MORE THAN FORTY PER CENT OF REQUIREMENTS IN THIS AREA.AND THE PRODUCTS COMPARE VERY WELL WITH THOSE IMPORTED FROM HONG KONG AND CHINA.

    THE GOVERNMENT HOWEVER, IS CONSIDERING INTRODUCING MEASURES TO PROTECT THE INDUSTRY FROM BEING HIT BY UNRESTRICTED IMPORTS OF FOREIGN BRANDS.

    IN SINGAPORE ALONE, THERE ARE SOME THIRTY FACTORIES MAKING JOSS STICKS.BAMBOO FROM MALAYA FORMS THE CORE OF EVERY JOSS STICK.

    IT IS FIRST SOAKED IN WATER FOR AS LONG AS A MONTH BEFORE BEING OUT INTO STRIPS.THESE ARE DIPPED IN A MIXTURE OF SANDLEWOOD POWDER AND SAWDUST FROM TEAK WOOD.THE ENTIRE OPERATION IS CARRIED OUT BY HAND.

    THE STICKS ARE DRIED IN THE SUN.THEY ARE THEN READY FOR PACKING IN BUNDLES OF FIFTIES AND HUNDREDS FOR THE MARKET OF MALAYSIA.

    PAGODA JOSS STICKS ARE MADE IN COIL FORM.THIS IS MADE FROM A THICK PASTRY MIXTURE OF SAWDUST, BANDLEWOOD POWDER AND OIL.

    THE MIXTURE IS TRANSFERRED INTO A MACHINE WHICH RELEASES THE SUBSTANCE IN A THIN TRICKLE.THE EXPERT HANDS OF THE GIRLS WORKING IN THE SECTION THEN TRANSFORM THIS INTO COILS.THESE COILS ARE MOSTLY USE IN TEMPLES AND OTHER PLACES OF WORSHIP.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABLEYRHN0RMNE45J5AVIW0L2A
    Media URN:
    VLVABLEYRHN0RMNE45J5AVIW0L2A
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/06/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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