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Ancestral Images: A Hong Kong Collection (Royal Asiatic by Hugh Baker

By Hugh Baker

A brand new variation in a single quantity of Hugh Baker's celebrated 3 volumes of Ancestral photographs initially released in 1979, 1980 and 1981. The one hundred twenty articles and pictures discover way of life, customs and rituals in Hong Kong's rural New Territories. each one mouthful is whole in itself, yet jointly the articles quantity to a considerable ceremonial dinner. They examine faith, nutrition, language, background, gala's, relations, unusual happenings and extended family struggle. The publication records a lot which may now not be came upon. however it additionally presents an realizing of an international which has no longer but completely disappeared, and which nonetheless varieties the history for all times in sleek, city Hong Kong.

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This meant that the elders lost their authority because that of the officials could and did reach down to the remotest hamlet: the New Territories were in no sense allowed to be self-governing. The Heung Yee Kuk is still with us, and in past decades has been noticeably more articulate and more active in New Territories affairs. It has tended to try to promote the interests of the indigenous inhabitants, rather as the guk did in the days of the new lease, only now it is faced not with an occupying foreign army but with a host of Chinese civilians migrating out from the cities in search of room to live and work and breathe.

A noisy procession, including gongs, drums, cymbals and di-da pipes, and with fire-crackers popping off on all sides, will escort the chair on its way. The tasselled ceremonial umbrella in the background will shade the gods from the sun, and the long-handled wooden fan leaning on the wall will be used to cool them. At the head of the procession will go large red sign-boards reading “Stand aside” (wooi-bei 迴避) and “Silence” (suk-jing 肅靜), the same kind of boards as would have preceded imperial Chinese officials in their palanquins before the Republican revolution of 1911.

Rectification is often quite a simple matter, but, if it is decided that this was a deliberate malicious act, vengeance on the tree-fellers or hydraulic tamperers is more difficult. What more fitting than to retaliate in like manner on one of their geomantic sites? And so a chain of attack and counter-attack is set up, much of it carried on in secret — indeed the protagonists may never meet or see each other, though they know who their enemies are. The excellent site of the grave shown here was bound to produce all round good fortune according to the geomancer, but the gentleman whose grandparents were to be buried in it particularly wanted the benefit of descendants as neither of his sons had had children.

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