By Hugh Baker
A brand new variation in a single quantity of Hugh Baker's celebrated 3 volumes of Ancestral pictures initially released in 1979, 1980 and 1981. The one hundred twenty articles and images discover way of life, customs and rituals in Hong Kong's rural New Territories. each one mouthful is whole in itself, yet jointly the articles volume to a considerable ceremonial dinner. They examine faith, nutrients, language, historical past, gala's, relatives, unusual happenings and extended family struggle. The booklet files a lot which may not be stumbled on. however it additionally presents an figuring out of a global which has now not but totally disappeared, and which nonetheless types the historical past for all times in glossy, city Hong Kong.
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I once saw a grave demolished and rebuilt a matter of fifteen centimetres higher up a hillside, because the siting had not been nice enough and no good effects had been felt by the descendants. The surroundings of a grave or house site are taken into account when the geomancy is being assessed. Quite often an attempt will be made to alter them if it will improve the fung-sui. There is a grave on a hill in the New Territories where a large mound has been raised about fifty metres to one side in order to block the view of (and therefore the bad effects of ) a landscape feature which was considered to be spoiling the site.
The Chinese term is fung-sui (風水), which means literally “wind and water”. It is believed that if a house is built on a “good” geomantic spot, the lives of those who live in it will be affected for the better; and if a grave is built on a “good” geomantic site, the descendants of the ancestor(s) buried in that grave will similarly be influenced. The trouble is that it is not easy to know what is a good site, and to go to the trouble and expense of building only to discover later that the fung-sui is poor would clearly be undesirable.
Alas! ) Today over two hundred years later his scholastic ability is still a matter for pride amongst his clan, and special rituals held annually before his tablet in the ancestral hall constantly reinforce his example to the young. Respect for scholarship is by no means a thing of the past. T 'DDL 6L his fearsome figure is over four metres high, and made of a lashed bamboo framework, covered with coloured papers and foils. The head is papier mâché. He is known to the people of Hong Kong as Daai Si (大士).