Friday, February 18, 2011

Offerings of Pure white 纯白色的敬献 ...


牛奶献给姆鲁卡神
Milk Offerings to Lord Murugan
Thaipusam

Water Road Penang
January 20, 2011

For the Hindus, during Thaipusam
Carrying pots of milk on the
head symbolizes a smaller burden of offering
 (as compared to those who carry the Cavadee)
but the journey itself with the bare foot walk to the
temple reflects the devotees inner strength to connect with God ...












Milk offering as a ritual is an ancient custom in many
parts of Asia.

In Mongolia, milk is a life resource and a
symbol of holy and sacred. The custom of milk offering is
still kept for welcoming or bidding farewell to a long trip ...

In Japan and Philippines, there are also rituals of using milk
as a cleansing and offering ...

However, I have not known of any Chinese rituals
bearing the offerings of white milk ...


22 comments:

smalldot said...

wow..

maia said...

I remember a Cavadee, in Mauritius.
Very interesting post
Thank you Wong
Maia

Dejemonos sorprender said...

Waw, that is awesome!

Misty said...

oh my!

Laura.M said...

That´s gotta hurt, Wong!!...But it is good to follow the traditions.
Saludos.Laura

Joop Zand said...

Fantastic serie with nice colors,
well done Wong.

greetings, Joop

Denise Scaramai said...

Wong,
thank you for sharing this beautiful explanation,
and your photos illustrate very well the subject,
show the real meaning of these gestures and rituals. Congrats!
to hug!

MIMOSA said...

Interesting photo report, I like the color that looks hard.
Greetings!

Ken Mac said...

these folks are tough!

teca said...

Nice report!

Hugs.

Faaein Himura said...

main cucuk2 tak sakit ke dia orang tu... ngerinya...

Nurr Kasih said...

oh its hurt..but nice foto Mr.Wong :)

Randy said...

Excellent photos.

Cloudia said...

You show us


and you teach us!


Aloha from Honolulu
Comfort Spiral

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SKIZO said...

Thank you for sharing
This Wonderful work with us
Good creations

T. Becque said...

This is wonderful and amazing to see, thanks for sharing it. The photos reflect their devotion and I would say discomfort to say the least!

Stormblast1953 said...

Hi Mr Wong, Still all well?? The pics are amazing again as usual!!!

Ángel said...

Joer!!!, hay unas costumbres y tradiciones que dan un poco de miedo. Una serie genial
Cordiales saludos

elena marin-alexe said...

Interesting tradicionales malaesiane!

Costea said...

Since a part of tradition...
Tanks Wong!

UIFPW08 said...

best shots... hi Wong

Jana said...

These are beautiful pictures and colorful, nice job