An excerpt from our project brief
In the project, our group chose Lam Tsuen Tin Hau temple and wishing tree to film. This is a good idea for me although I am a local I didn’t go to Lam Tsuen very often. Most of the people go there when the Lunar New Year, usually there are a lot of people when you arrive you just start to worship and making wish. There have no opportunity for you to look around and of course, there is no time for you to think about the history or background of this ritual.
Thanks for this project I have a chance to know more about my own traditional culture. I think this filming also is a preservation work because this can help more people to concern about our heritage if this project really can run 😀
This let me know how important to promote our local heritage, no matter tangible or intangible. People always ignore the thing around them but straightly they will admire foreign heritage. I think it is the power of the mass media, people will focus on what they saw on TV or internet but foreign what next to them. This situation is serious in Hong Kong; government should use the power of the mass media to promote local festivals and heritage.
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I am a year two student of City University of Hong Kong; I am majoring in Cultural and Heritage Management (BACHM).
I like traveling to different place, to meet different people during the journey. I think it is very important to know the culture and historical background of a place before you go. I think that in the university we have more time to discover things surround us before we get to work. The experience that we can get from traveling is unique and precious in our life. Through traveling, you can learn more than any books because you are really experience them.
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Lam Tsuen (林村) is a place in Tai Po and we have been there last Friday. The most famous event in Lam Tsuen must be the Wishing Trees. Some people used to go to Lam Tsuen in Lunar New Year and pray for luck in the following year. In this project, we would try to shoot rituals and the daily life of the people in Lam Tsuen for recording the particulate cultural heritage of Hong Kong.
Lam Tsuen is very close to Tai Po market station. Traveling by bus number 64K can fast be there.
We try to focus on two to three locations for shooting. First, we decide to shoot in front of the Tin Hau temple in Lam Tsuen. People would ask for their fortune with “Sing Buo (Sangreal)” (a kind of tool for communication with the god) and fortune tellers in the temple. Second, the wishing trees are the focal point that we want to shoot. People throw joss paper which tied with an orange onto the tree; it is “Bo Dip (寶牒)”. Third, we decide to shoot the wishing boards and the women who are selling those “Bo Dip”.
The Tin Hau Temple (天后廟) located near the wishing trees was built around 18th century, during domination of Qianlong (乾隆) in Qing Dynasty (清朝). The early wishing trees are two big banyans; at that time villagers living nearby believed that they were actually deities. And the tradition of throwing joss paper which is tied with an orange onto the trees to make wish has inherited for over two hundred years.
Intangible heritage is manifestation of outstanding universal value providing people sense of identity and continuity. The tradition of making wish in form of throwing joss paper which is tied with an orange onto the trees is the kind of cultural tradition.