Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Penang Trip 10-13 Oct 2009

Democratic Action Party's 2009 Convention. Almost all the muscles were there: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, DAP chairman Karpal Singh, etc.

Grandma's and grandpa's remembrance plank. Went to pay respect and remember them together with my parents in a Buddhist temple.

My parents' plank (the one with red tape). They have reserved this spot in a local Buddhist temple. So next time when they are not around, this is where we will go to pay our respect. The red tape signifies that the named persons are still alive, the plank and spot are reserved.

This is the "Woo's ancestors" (胡) plank. It represents all the deceased Woos from the first Woo. Most probably can't trace back to the hominids, but somewhere during the dynasties?

Food for ancestors. I asked my parents that if grandma, grandpa, and
the ancestors already reincarnated to other better realms, then how can they eat these food? They said that this is a symbol of respect. Reminiscent their presence here and now, sharing meals. A virtuous sense of remembering the family members and re-identifying one's own root and identity. Can't help but to see some similarity with the Eucharist, "Do this in remembrance of me."

Parents inspecting the extension work of the Buddhist temple to which they are active members (equivalent to 'elders' and 'deacons').

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