Sunday, April 4, 2010

Guan Yu

Guan Yu is widely referred to as Emperor Guan (關帝), short for his Daoist title Saintly Emperor Guan, and as Guan Gong, literally "Lord Guan." Temples and shrines dedicated exclusively to Guan Yu can be found in parts of Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and other places with Chinese influence such as Vietnam, Thailand, South Korea, and Japan. Some of these temples, such as the Emperor Guan Temple in Xiezhou (解州), Shanxi, were built exactly in the layout of a palace, befitting his status as an "emperor". In Hong Kong, stories were told that even the Police station has a Guan Yu statue whereby, the constable would make worship before the work order is executed. There have been many Hong Kong Movies showing these kind of worship, funny is that the black society or triad has also believe that the same Kwan Yu will protect them from accident and or being hurt in fighting with the gangster and or policeman. And they would have special ritual celebration when new gangster would swear in front of it that they will serve with the truth and faith of his own.

Well, this is the one I took in a Hong Kong famous Cantonese Restaurant. I still feel puzzled why they have to put such a big statue at the reception?… to scarce away those who will not pay the Chow!??

HK Snob

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