Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Giant Joss Sticks For Goddess Birthday Celebrations
Joss sticks are also know as incense sticks. We light joss sticks as an indication to the gods that we are starting to pray and we have prepared some offerings. We usually use small joss sticks the size of chop sticks for prayers at home. Good joss sticks are made of sandalwood powder while inferior ones from sawdust.
The giant joss sticks in the picture above are contributed by the devotees of the Ho Sin Ku Chinese Temple in Tronoh during the Goddess birthday. This one on display has designs of the lotus flower at the base, a dragon coiled around it and the statues of the 8 Immortals flanking the sides near the top. At night, it is lighted with electrical bulbs and water can be seen gushing out of the dragon's mouth. Later the joss sticks will be lighted up with a flame at an auspicious hour and burnt off.
Joss sticks are mostly machine made nowadays. However, there is still a handful of traditional masters who can make them by hand. To know more, you can read, "Penang's Traditional Joss Sticks Maker" at Penang State Tourism Official Website.
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