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Devotees Sending The King of Hades Back To The Underworld
Devotees Sending The King of Hades Back To The Underworld

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Challenge: Photojournalism IV (Minimal Editing I*)
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX20 IS
Location: Rifle Range Flats, Penang, Malaysia
Date: Aug 27, 2010
Aperture: F/2.8
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/60 sec.
Galleries: Photojournalism, History
Date Uploaded: Aug 28, 2010

A paper effigy of The King of Hades that took months to build and costs almost RM15,000 (USD 4,800) was burnt during a ceremony to send off the King during the month-long Hungry Ghost Festival. The festival is held annually to ensure a peaceful and prosperous year. It is a belief that spirits enjoy a "holiday" when the gates of hell open on the seventh lunar month of the Chinese calendar, allowing them to roam the world of humans. The Chinese believe that this is also the time that those who died untimely deaths take the opportunity to seek revenge. (Source: Visit Penang) Check out my own photo site too.

Place: 15 out of 58
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Views since voting: 1013
Views during voting: 328
Votes: 185
Comments: 5
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/03/2010 05:28:34 PM
You can just title it what it really is.. It's interesting. I like the silhouettes. I don't like that street light.
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09/02/2010 08:57:21 PM
Wow, there's so much detail in the fire - I really like it!
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09/01/2010 10:11:36 PM
Finally, a photo that's well taken, interesting, and makes me want to know more (which are the criteria I'm using for my Photojournalism challenge votes, anyway). Good one!
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09/01/2010 07:34:59 AM
tough shot, well done. if anything, i would have looked for a perspective that didn't include the light pole.
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09/01/2010 04:42:49 AM
I like.
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