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Posted By Lester V Ledesma

26 September, 2013 - With fanfare, prayers and lots of incense, devotees from the Hong San temple await the arrival of the Nine Emperor Gods to the shores of Singapore:

 

9 Emps

 

Arrive they did, and the pious party got started right on the beach :)


 
Posted By Lester V Ledesma

Often playing to an audience of none, the dying art of Chinese street opera - known locally as wayang - exists in Singapore only because of traditional Taoist celebrations that require its presence.

 

Wayang1

 

The wage for a wayang performer stands at around SGD$50 per day. Actors who are below retirement age do this only as a part-time job.
Wayang2

 

Very few, if any young Singaporeans are taking up this art form. In the last 10 years that I've lived in this island, I've seen about half a dozen troupes close down. The current crop of performers feel they are the last of their kind.


Wayang3


 
Posted By Lester V Ledesma

In a forward-looking, ultramodern city like Singapore, tradition can pop up in rather unlikely places:

 

Pop Up Temple


 
Posted By Lester V Ledesma

A kid in San Pedro, Laguna does temporary lane painting on the fly (pardon the pun :P)

 

Wiwiboy


 
Posted By Lester V Ledesma

Some pictures of the happiest people on earth.

 

Buddhist Monk, Paro:

 

B01

Farmer, Punakha:

B30

 

Truckers, Dochula:
B18

 

Enlightened Master, Paro:
B04

The last guy is holding a wooden penis.....


 


 
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