We’ve recently had several occasions to enjoy Dim Sum, a southern Chinese traditional meal where you select little “dainties” or small snacks that have been steamed or fried in bamboo baskets.
Elder Coffey sampling the chicken feet!
Other delicacies included shrimp dumpling, sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaf, barbecued pork in steamed bun, spring rolls, noodles, and red bean rice custard.
They wanted to visit a couple of temples. The lurking Guardian looks down at worshippers at the Che Kung Temple.
Che Kung was said to be a great general in the Song Dynasty. He was honoured by the emperor for his great merits in suppressing a rebellion in southern China. After his death, people began worshipping him for his loyalty and bravery.
Prayer requests are delivered several ways. Turn the fan wheel three times, then bong a drum 8 times. You can print your prayer requests on paper, and always offer incense. If you walk around the incense burner with incense three times, good things will surely come your way.
|Nicky is happy to be here!|
And when they do, you return to give thanks by placing a wind wheel for display.
The second temple was the Wong Tai Sin Temple, a, 18,000 m2 Taoist temple. No one here cares much whether you are Buddhist, Taoist, or a follower of Confucius. In fact, all three blend rather harmoniously.
|Entrance to the Wong Tai Sin Temple with Nicky, Pim and Pom|
This particular temple is well attended by visitors in search of a spiritual answer by means of kau cim, a fortune-telling type of practice. Worshippers light incense sticks, kneel before the main alter, make a wish, and shake a bamboo container filled with numbered sticks until one of them falls out. Whatever number you get can be interpreted by the fortune teller (for a fee) to let you know what lies ahead in your path.
It is said this temple provides a very high level of accuracy!
|As she carefully shakes the bamboo container, one of these sticks will eventually fall out. The number on the stick will correspond with a good fortune, which the fortune teller will reveal to her (for a fee).|
|Incense coils - the smoke takes|
the prayers to heaven
|Lin Fa Kung Temple at Causeway Bay|
Kind of reminds me of the Apostle Paul who noticed the ancient Athenians had build an altar "To the Unknown God"...... (Acts 17:22)