Date: June 13th, 2010 | Comments : none | Categories: City Streets, Cultures, Design, Flowers, Historic significance, Malaysia, Travel, Trees.

Bike taxis, the best way to see the historic sights in Malacca, Malaysia

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Bike taxis, Malacca, MalaysiaOur bike taxi, Malacca, MalaysiaBike taxi, Malacca, Malaysia

The Traveler's Palm, not a palm, but related to bananas and bird of paradise. The leaves and flowers collect rainwater that flows into the plant's stem base, ready to aid a thirsty traveler - hence the name.Outdoor pond, MalaccaCatholic church, Malacca, Malaysia

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Paduka, ancient wooden sandals and random objects in 2nd hand store, Malacca, Malaysia

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City streets, Malacca, MalaysiaStop sign, city streets, Malacca, MalaysiaCity streets, Malacca, Malaysia

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City streets, Malacca, Malaysia

 

Date: June 12th, 2010 | Comments : none | Categories: Architecture, City Streets, Cultures, Design, Historic significance, Malaysia, Travel.

Ornate architectural detail on The Cheng Hoon Teng temple, Malacca, MalaysiaOrnate architectural detail, exterior of Cheng Hoon Teng temple, Malacca, Malaysia. The temple was established in the 1600’s, with two halls added in 1704 and the bulk of it constructed in 1801 by craftsmen from China’s southern provinces. The architecture conforms strictly to the principles of feng shui, incorporating the fundamental belief that every aspect of life is closely related to attaining perfect harmony with nature. The interior is saturated with symbolism and intricate gold-covered carvings framing the walls and ceilings.

The Cheng Hoon Teng temple ministers to Malacca’s Chinese community, particularly those devoted to the order of San Chiao or the Three Doctrinal Systems of Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism. Photos here show various methods of prayer for the souls of the deceased, as in candles, photos of the deceased and messages on gold,  and offerings in the form of mass-produced objects mocking material items they might desire in afterlife.

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Ornate architectural detail on The Cheng Hoon Teng temple, Malacca, MalaysiaOrnate architectural detail on The Cheng Hoon Teng temple, Malacca, Malaysia

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Chinese guardian lions, known in the West as Fu Dogs. This one represents the male energyChinese guardian lions, known in the West as Fu Dogs. This one represents the female energyChinese guardian lions, known in the West as Fu Dogs, represent male and female energies, or yin and yang in Chinese philosophical context, supporting the concept of harmony when displayed together. The lion statues are traditionally known in Chinese as Shi, and are usually depicted in pairs at a property entrance or gateway, as they are here at the front entrance to Cheng Hoon Teng temple. Though artistic interpretations and styles may vary, always the male leans his paw upon a ball or similar representation of strength and supremacy, and the female on the right restrains a playful cub representing nurture.

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Prayers for the deceased, Cheng Hoon Teng temple, Malacca, Malaysia

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Cheng Hoon Teng temple ceiling, Malacca, MalaysiaPrayers and offerings for the deceased, Cheng Hoon Teng temple, Malacca, MalaysiaPrayers for the deceased, Cheng Hoon Teng temple, Malacca, Malaysia
Prayers for the deceased, Cheng Hoon Teng temple, Malacca, MalaysiaRepresentations of material objects for the deceased, Malacca, MalaysiaRepresentations of material objects for the deceased, Malacca, Malaysia

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Prayers and offerings for the deceased, Cheng Hoon Teng temple, Malacca, Malaysia

 


 

 
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