Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Villian Bashing - Ruby Tuesday
With the economic crisis and impending recession, many temples in Singapore are crowded with worshippers. I had some foreign friends visiting last week and they specifically requested to visit the temple to whack villians, ensuring a year of good health, good luck and peace.
The 'villians' here refers to those who tell tales, gossip, spread rumours, ........ do stuff in order to hurt others.
I prepared the offerings and brought them to the temple in the wee hours of the morning when there were lesser people.
They took out a piece of lard to smear on the white tiger's mouth and offered a duck egg, while chanting "Good people to approach me, 'small' people to leave me alone." (好人近身，小人远离。) It is believed the food would keep the tiger's mouth busy and not bite them. hehe.....
I bought cut outs of paper dolls and my friends whacked them hard with their filthy shoes. As they whacked, they called out the names of the persons intended, cursing and swearing at them and even their family members. When they're done, they threw the paper doll into the fire. Sending then to Hell. It's a great way to release pent-up emotions!
To the believers, it's therapeutic and helps in healing their hurt egos. It's cheaper than seeing a shrink though. And lesser assaults or murder cases....