Ancestral Images: A Hong Kong Collection (Royal Asiatic by Hugh Baker

By Hugh Baker

A brand new variation in a single quantity of Hugh Baker's celebrated 3 volumes of Ancestral photographs initially released in 1979, 1980 and 1981. The a hundred and twenty articles and images discover daily life, customs and rituals in Hong Kong's rural New Territories. every one mouthful is entire in itself, yet jointly the articles volume to a considerable dinner party. They examine faith, meals, language, historical past, gala's, kin, unusual happenings and extended family battle. The booklet files a lot that may now not be came across. however it additionally presents an knowing of a global which has no longer but completely disappeared, and which nonetheless kinds the history for all times in glossy, city Hong Kong.

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At ten he was fully literate. He was placed second at the Prefectural examination, and then in 1807 passed 61st on the list at the Provincial examination in Canton. “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.

In cases of adultery in the past, it was considered fitting that drowning should be the punishment for the offenders. There was a case in the New Territories as late as the 1960s where an unofficial village court decided to carry out such a sentence. The adulterous couple were placed in pig baskets just like these, and were only saved from the pond’s murky waters by the timely arrival of a lorry-load of police, summoned on the telephone by a sensible citizen.  A 0RDW nyone who has “done” the New Territories by road will know the village of Kat Hing Wai in Kam Tin.

He could hardly have found anywhere more inconvenient. To get there meant travelling to Sha Tau Kok through a Restricted Area, which required special permits, and then taking a long boat-ride out to the island. But for a good site the devotee will go far, and this site was considered superb. After several day-long journeys over some weeks the grave had been laid out, dug, and mostly built, all to the geomancer’s specifications. Now at last the finishing touches were to be put to it, but the geomancer was not going to allow any mistakes, and before the grave-stone was cemented into place he insisted on checking its alignment once again.

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