Devotion to the nine emperors

By Cheryl J Hoffmann

October 2013 PHOTO ESSAY
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Every year, during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, devotees of the Nine Emperor Gods celebrate for nine days and nights, creating places of intense worship in parts of Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore. Temples are adorned with yellow curtains, Taoist priests enact ancient rituals, mediums perform feats of transcendence and vegetarian devotees utter prayers for blessings. Using the power of fire and water, the forces of yin and yang are brought into balance, believed to bring health, wealth...

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Cheryl J Hoffmann

is a global freelance photographer, an historical geographer and a friend of Malaysia. “Jalan-jalan cari Datuk” is her personal twist on the very Malaysian pastime of going out to eat, which she enjoys almost as much as encountering the Datuk. She has exhibited her images in Malaysia and Canada, including OF THIS PLACE as part of George Town Festival 2017. Her works can be seen at: