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Oblations for the festival

Oblations

Oblation in the ceremony believes that is continually done since the past until now and can show respect to gods, ancestor of Phuketian, remember hungry ghost. So people believe that when god, ancestor and hungry ghost received their oblation and have eaten already after that they will bless descendants to live with happiness and prosper all family.

In Phuketian ceremony, Phuketian will set a table and oblation follow by their ancestor do as…

Tea (Tae)
Chinese people like to drink tea since the past, when they received guest, have conversation or in their daily life and Chinese people are also faithful in tea’s properties that can help to get rid of fat away their bodies and tea can be a drink for longevity also. So when the Chinese people set a table for any ceremony, tea really necessary on a table.

Tea

Chinese whisky
Chinese people are familiar with a process of alcohol manufacturing since 4,000 years ago. They believed an alcohol is good and bad result. They mean to if people drink it at enough quantity it would be good for Chinese people because China is very cold country and alcohol can reduce cold for them. But if they drink too much quantity they would be drunk.

Bid Chien (used as offerings)
Bid Chien is only popular in a big ceremony by two types as…
- In auspicious ceremony such as vegetarian festival, Por Tor festival will have a piece of paper put in the middle with the red top.
- In unauspicious ceremony such as respect a corpse will put a piece of paper as same as in an auspicious ceremony but at the top will be white.

Sweets (Te Liew)
Chinese people like to use a variety of savory to be an oblation with tea in any their ceremony (excepted in a funeral). Because it is a savory that is cereal (pea, sesame, sugar, rice etc.) so Chinese people believe that use it for an oblation descendants will be fertile of food.

Te Liew

Turtle sweets (Ung Koo)
This Turtle sweets is an oblation which have two types, firstly is made from wheat mixed with sugar and create in form or put into a turtle mold and made it red by color for mixed in the food. The other is made from flour and created into turtle form, stuffed with green bean.

Ung Koo

For use Turtle sweets to be an oblation, the legend and Chinese belief have told that once time when Pra Thung Sum Chung (Chinese monk) traveled for invite Tripitaka at Lanka Island. While he was on an argosy, the heavy storm blew and made his argosy sank into the water. He prayed after that the huge turtle swam to guide his argosy until reached Lanka Island. And Chinese are faithful that turtle is a longevity animal. In Chinese ceremony, they always use turtle to be a part of a ceremony with the meaning that can make them longevity life also.

Turtle Sweets Turtle sweets often use for all auspicious and unauspicious ceremonies. But if people use it for respect a corpse, must be only white turtle sweets.

Tuay Foo (Huad Koei)
Caused of a good meaning of Tuay Foo that means to prosperity, Chinese people like to use Tuay Foo for their almost ceremonies but anybody use it for respect a corpse, it must be white Tuay Foo only.

Huad Koei

Chang
Chang only used for pay worship to an ancestor. And remember the honest nobleman who disagreed with the king in the wrong thing then the honest nobleman was dismissed from his position.

Chang

Water Melon

Fruits
Chinese people often use fruits which have good meaning to be an oblation in any ceremony such as vegetarian festival, Por Tor festival and paying worship to an ancestor for descendants’ prosperity and people who join the ceremony. Propitious fruits are
- Pineapple (Ong Lai) = good luck coming
- Rice Banana (Bii Chew) = welcome
- Orange (Kaam) = thank you
- Watermelon (See Kua) = truth
- Pomegranate (Sae Liew) = give more descendants
Moreover, there are rambutan, grape, apple, Chinese pear, longan and lychee etc.

Pineapple

Savory
Chinese Phuketian often uses pork, chicken or duck to be an oblation. Besides, seafood is also cooked. When a ceremony finished, they give out food to their relative.

Taro Root

Noodle
Noodle is a necessary thing that cannot forget in every ceremony because noodle is soft and long as same as long life.

Noodle

Vegetables (Pai Pua)
Chinese like to use vegetables and carve to be animal, flower or Chinese form for Por Tor festival and respect a corpse before move it for funeral ceremony. Vegetables that often use are taro root, yam bean, papaya, carrot, pumpkin and cabbage etc.

Vegetables (Pai Pua)
 

 


by: Torquoise
story@phuketindex.com

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