Friday, December 14, 2007

Whacking Small People 打小人!!

PhotoHunt - Small

This is a Chinese custom which is common in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and even Malaysia.

The 'small' people here refers to those who tell tales, gossip, spread rumours, ........ do stuff in order to hurt others.

There are several ways I deal with these 'small' people. I would write their names and birth dates on Hell Paper, burn it and send them to Hell!! Hope the King of Hades would send his loyal guards, Cow-head (牛头 ) and Horse-face (马面) to take them away!

Another way to vent my anger is to 'whack the Hell out of them' (打小人 )! You would see this happening often at the temple outside Waterloo Street in Singapore. This is usually done by the older folks.

You buy cut outs of paper dolls and whack them hard with your filthy slippers. As you whack you call out the name of the person intended, cursing and swearing at them and even their family members. When you're done, throw the paper doll into the fire. Send it to Hell. It's a great way to release your pent-up emotions! I sleep better after that. hahaha......

In Hong Kong, you can see people queuing to have their 'small' people whack by professional whackers everyday!


I found this interesting website where you can damn someone to Hell. Be it your irritating colleagues, nosy neighbours, foes ..... send the 'small' people to Hell!!!

It's a fun site actually. President George Bush's name is in it! I've checked some of the posts and not many are vicious or hateful. But when you are mad with someone, you would want to do some silly things. ^-^



Next post : The origin of the custom





72 comments:

  1. I was wondering who this new blogger... hahaha.....

    You small? You chilli padi!!

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  2. This is the first time I have heard about this. It's like Chinese voodoo huh?

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  3. giddy tigress,
    No voodoo.

    It's one way of letting out the pent-up anger and frustrations for the people. They believe that by doing it the bad guys or bad luck would leave them alone.

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  4. hi hi hi.....

    wah..damn fast ah today... i hv to get back on PH real fast!

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  5. First time here. Interesting read because I'm in Hong Kong but I haven't actually witnessed this with my own eyes although I know about this practice. Bet it feels good to 'whack' small people like that!

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  6. Mott!!
    Hope you are settling in well. Waiting for your PH. ^-^

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  7. Hi tot's mom,
    Thanks for stopping by.

    You can find the queues at Hong Kong, 湾仔鵝颈桥. Very professional whacks... hehe......

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  8. Ta siu yan!!!

    *after that dunno how to continue liao*

    Heheh... love to watch the HK TVB series where the 'ah por' will 'ta siu yan' and then they will chant the errr... the chant hehe... i like to listen to the chants... u know how to chant arr? :D

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  9. My angel,
    Pour out all your bitterness towards that person. yau kei tok, lau kei tok!!

    You want the Mandarin version of the chant, Hokkien version or Cantonese one? kakaka......

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  10. OMG! This is even worse than those THREE FINGERS!!! Now I am so worried that I just beat you at that last game of Scrabulous again!! OMG!! Have mercy!

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  11. How much does it help? I fear it breed vengence.

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  12. every week i learn something new from your entries :P and this 'small' people sounds like those black magic voodoo :)

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  13. actually, you can pay the temple to "whacks" small people for you. :)

    My mom said, next year I got to "whacks small people" liao, because is my year .. haa haa

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  14. u r so evil!!!! :P

    *sayangz*

    dun whack me okie? ;)

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  15. wahhhaaa that link is so cool! i get to damn so many ppl i hate hate hate!

    i found that jesus and god oso got involved. O.O

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  16. oh I need to start implimenting that tradition! Great post. and I like your blog too :)
    <3, Amy in AZ

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  17. A nice little custom to vent frustration and get what is inside of you out so it will not intefere with the good things that you have inside your spirit.

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  18. Haven't tried this before. Would prefer to whack the real person. hahahaha, but then I would get myself into trouble. Emm...not worth it at all lah!

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  19. that is really one way of venting a frustration to some..

    first time ive heard of this custom..thanks for sharing

    mine is at

    http://ideru.kansaiblogger.com/2007/12/15/photo-scavenger-hunt-small/

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  20. Hmmm, interesting. I have never heard of this. I may have to give it a shot sometime. Great photos.

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  21. I have never heard about the customs you are talking about and find it interesting. Where I'm from (southeastern U.S.) we will say someone is small to indicate that did something mean. Your way sounds like a harmless way to get rid of pent up anger and perhaps avoid whacking the actual person, ha. I've seen some sites online where you can throw virtual darts at political figures you don't like. I guess it's the same idea. Interesting post for the small theme.

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  22. LB,
    hahaha.... now you know. This is another of my secret weapon.

    Maybe I should just shrink your klang klangs. hehehe...

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  23. Hi there. Thanks for visiting my hunt tonight, with my crib blanket I am embroidering...you can purchase the blanket already stamped with the ABC's at http://herrschners.com an online company that also has great catelogs, get on the mailing list for sure! I found your story amazing, and have someone I want to send to hell myself...hummm think I'll go check out that website

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  24. oceanskies,
    To me, I think it helps to elminate whatever vengeance one has. If there is an avenue to release your frustrations and bitterness, it does make the person feel better.

    People seek vengeance only when they don't get to let off their frustrations. All the bottled up bad emotions erupt at the s;ightest provocation.

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  25. HAHAHA! I've heard a lot of this but never really experienced it. :D

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  26. Interesting,..... very, very interesting. lol
    Hmmm,... as I sit here and think who would be on that list! ;-)
    Great photos and have a good weekend.

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  27. Oh my. Yikes.
    And to answer your question on my site here is a link to the Wee Forest Folk collection.
    www.weeforestfolk.com

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  28. i love that custom! we have something almost similar in my country. these people are still fortunate to get whack in their absence! hahahahaha.

    love this post! :)

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  29. Haha guess what? I’ve actually done this ‘ta siu yan’ thing. Feel kinda awkward but fun.

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  30. I am having headache now. Did you just whack my head? Haha. Nice sharing here for those who do not know about this Chinese custom. By the way, do check out my new home too :) http://www2.crizlai.com/photography/photo-hunters-small/

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  31. ooh i need to do that now :)

    http://www.mylongkang.com

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  32. Fascinating post - and great pics. It's nice to learn something new on my travels around the blogosphere. Thanks for the visit. Have a great weekend!

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  33. Glad I don't live in Hong Kong, lol... I'd be afraid to curse someone too bad... karma and such ;-)

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  34. An interesting custom. I think that it might make me feel better to kill someone with kindness.

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  35. Hehhehhee.. Used to watch that action in HK TVB drama series. Kekekkeke.. However in real life, I never 打 any 小人 before yet leh.

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  36. Btw, please don't beat us, okie?
    cos we are not 小人
    Hahhahahahhahhaha

    *siu sei ngor*

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  37. if i dunno that small peoples name...then how?

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  38. That seems very strange to me but I think it might be a good idea. Certainly help with the frustration.
    Have a good weekend ECL

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  39. Fortunately I am tall and not small so automatically I am a good person ! But these uses seem very interesting to me, should introduce them here ! Sometimes it would be necessary. It's funny that it is located on Waterloo street, named after the town I live !! (the Waterloo battle)

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  40. My roots are chinese too, they have so many beliefs and superstitions. Happy hunting.

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  41. Nice take on the theme, Have a great weekend!

    http://mlizcochico.com

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  42. Aiyoh! Like this I have to be very careful! Btw last night no pokeing! Did u do anything to me????Aiyah please don't teach people how to do lah!!!

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  43. Don't whack me! I am not those "small people!".....
    我不是小人!!

    http://kennyljs.com/

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  44. I think I need to cut out some people and stomp on them. That would be way cheaper than therapy! LOL!

    My Photo Hunt is up too! :)

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  45. Is it effective to let those anger out? So interesting to know you have that in your culture.
    Very nice!

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  46. My mom (via the local temple in KL) once helped me whacked the hell out of an army of midgets :)

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  47. I didn't know about this, looking forward to your next post.
    And thanks for your kind words...

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  48. I had not heard of this tradition before. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend!

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  49. whoah!interesting!is that a kind of a curse?

    have a great weekend and thanx for dropping by :)

    ghee
    http://akoni.info

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  50. LOL! During secondary school when we hate a teacher but couldn't find a way to vent our frustrations at her, we will normally sacrifice a piece of test pad paper, write the teacher's name of it, crush it up, place it under our desks and take turns to step and step and step on the paper before sending it to the wastepaper basket. Wahahahaha!

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  51. I'm not sure if this is like a voodoo spell or something or maybe something lighter than the voodoo spell.

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  52. Oh my, eastcoast, where do I get those "small" cut-outs of people? LOL! Look forward to your origins of the custom next time...

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  53. Wow - I learned something new today. I suppose this is like the voodoo dolls.

    Have a great weekend.

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  54. Wuakaa! I love your interpretation of small here. So funny la.. Thanks for sharing it with other bloggers, ECL. Have a fun weekend (=

    Anyway, I have something small to show you too. I hope you can visit me
    here. Happy weekend.

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  55. Wuakaa! I love your interpretation of small here. So funny la.. Thanks for sharing it with other bloggers, ECL. Have a fun weekend (=

    Anyway, I have something small to show you too. I hope you can visit me
    here. Happy weekend.

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  56. Oh, eastcoast, are they really Chinese? Don't you think they are meant to be Japanese? We Americans don't know what were doing...I'm sorry to be so dense (stupid).

    Thanks for clearing that up...

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  57. dawww that website was toooo scary to watch!!
    coz im going to bed soon..
    this is another amazing chinese story!!
    whom do u hate so much??

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  58. Everytime I see this in the Hong Kong Series, I like to hear the way the say it :)

    Btw, thought I would see you with the snowmen pic :) Jaymes refused to take pic with it but I'm sure you did right? Hehehe...

    We are indeed like school girls :) Giving each other many goodies in Facebook :) Thank you for all the gifts!

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  59. wah, I better not make u angry!! hehe....*run away*

    BlurMommy

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  60. Wow, very interesting practice...thank you for explaining it. I love reading about everyone's different customs and practices, it is so fun! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  61. Wow, remind me not to make you mad at me;) I had never heard of this, perfect for small!

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  62. Where can I get a job as a "small person whacker"?

    Sounds like fun

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  63. Wow...very interesting, but I think I would have a hard time doing that. Thanks for stopping by Pollywog Creek earlier. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

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  64. Ahhhh its quite coincidental that yesterday night, we caught the DVD version of 881 which had a memorable scene with the "da xiao ren" sequence. It is one of those Chinese customs that we are famous for.

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  65. I could at time my name could be written on paper and send to hell. At times I act pretty small.

    I learn and laugh at your site.

    My photo is up.

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  66. I love the idea! I really. I wish they have that here too. I could use some most days.

    My blog: Just Say These Words

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  67. Something different from you, interesting sharing on the Small theme.

    Will be thinking how the person's luck after you beat them..haha..

    Thanks dropping by at my small theme.

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