Friday, February 06, 2009

Crossing Bridges....... - PH

PhotoHunt theme : Bridge(s)

Would you climb up and down steps lined with sharp blades bare-footed just to cross a bridge? There were 18 blades each way.

the sharp blades

This is a Taoist ritual. To the believers, this ritual signifies the passage through obstacles and difficulties to attain a better life. It is believed to eliminate bad luck, evil, villains etc. Some worshippers ask for blessings while many would expect good fortune.


This bridge is easier to cross. :)








72 comments:

  1. Personally I wouldn't. If only obstacles in life could all be solved by just crossing 18 blades then yes. But it takes more than 18 blades. :)

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  2. JL,
    haha.... it certainly takes more than 18 blades! Thanks for visiting.

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  3. Renny,
    hahaha..... there were long queues of people wanting to do it... men, women, young and old.

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  4. I think it would be a challenge, that's for sure!
    When I was younger, I probably would have attempted it.
    But no way now -
    My feet hurt enough as it is :-)

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  5. No way ! I am not a Fakir, lol ! I prefer to continue my poor life !

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  6. Dawn,
    IT IS a challenge. :)
    There were many elderly who attempted this. Very brave of them.

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  7. Gattina,
    hahaha.....
    The shiny sharp blades caused fear in many people.

    One slip and the climber could be sliced and cut.

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  9. I remember this!You did this rite last year? So did life change for the better for you? I hope it did :)

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  10. Napaboaniya,
    Yep. I went through this last November.

    So far very lucky got 贵人, also lots of 小人. :)

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  11. Aikss.. can I wear metal padded shoes to cross over? hehe :P Nice sharing here. :)

    http://crizcats.blogspot.com/

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    Some MP from Perak, decided to switch camp halfway, and that act brought down the current government of Perak
    UMNO (the much h*ted and C*rrup*ed) took over

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  14. Hi ECL,

    wow hehehe this is a very scary thing to do but I agree with LJ if only our problems could be solved by crossing over a series of blades I would definitely be up for it :) hehehe but One thing for sure is it is something worth trying out hehehe :) Hope you are having a great weekend as always dear. xoxo

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  15. Criz,
    Can!
    You will lose to the Aunties and Uncles. :)

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  16. yenjai,
    Oh. I didn't know about that news. I go find it in the papers now.

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  17. Makoy,
    $180 cash prize!? Wow.
    You have some generous sponsors.

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  18. empty streets,
    We should be adventurous eh. I saw many elderly and young kids doing it.

    Yeah, if the problems in life could be solved by stepping on blades.

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  19. This is a tradition that I may have to say no to. I know obstacles can be overcome but this a little too dangerous for me.

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  20. Dave,
    It is a dangerous tradition.
    This event is held yearly.

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  21. Hi Rolly,
    No, I was not hurt. I did it slowly and cautiously. I tried this more for the experience. I saw some elderly people doing it and they didn't get hurt. I didn't even have a cut on my feet.

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  22. i don't have the courage to experience such rituals. i'm clearly a scaredy cat.

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  23. This is a perfect interpretation. There's a bonus lesson on rituals and religion too. Very cool.

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  24. It's a cool sounding ritual. I'm probably be scared to do it though. It reminds me a bit of fire-walking. Love seeing the photos!

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  25. ECL.
    I'm still horrified by the knife bridge thingy... scared to watch it "live"..:P

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  26. Yikes. I'll pass on the first bridge! Happy weekend ECL!

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  27. Hi ECL!!

    Wow I'd like to try this one day ;-)

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  28. I guess anything seems like good fortune after that! :)

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  29. I won't have the guts! That's quite interesting! Happy Weekend!

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  30. Oh dear,
    Not me either!! I prefer the last bridge.

    Great picks as always!!

    http://shinade.blogspot.com/2009/02/photohunt-bridges.html

    Hugs:-)

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  31. The things some Taoists do...!!! (Amazing!)

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  32. wow...thats a bit scary! isnt it? ...I like the small one...now, that one I would cross! lol...My hunt is up, please come and visit soon

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  33. I will take the second bridge... the one's with the blades is not for me..LOL Good take on the theme!

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  34. Wow, I've never seen that before. And you say you've done it? Amazing!!

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  35. Oh this is nice entries my dear happy weekend. TC

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  36. Oh! My, this thing is really happening.
    I thought it's only a fiction in a Kungfu movies.

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  37. I have never seen anything like this. BTW-I have an award for you.

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  38. If the elderly can do it, I would also have a go at it for the experience eventhough scary. The walking uphill by thaipusam devotees on nail studded shoes these few days here is also very frightening.

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  39. Now, that is one very challenging task and I don't know is I am up to the challenge :)

    Happy weekend, ECL!

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  40. 18 blades huh? and a whole lot of bandages,.. lol. Great post.

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  41. Oh my word! Ouch! Great photo for our theme but glad I'm just looking at it and not doing it.

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  42. that's scary but the elders did so probably, i can do it too:)

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  43. I think not. I'll go for the second one. It is a kind of odd little thing too.

    Happy weekend Elaine.

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  44. Hi!
    Dropping by from Sweet Jasmine's.

    It is a definite NO NO to go thru this. What if difficulties still struck after crossing the bridges? Blame myself for not crossing properly? or blame God?

    haha....we shall not have all these to control our fate..

    Cheers!

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  45. omg! blades on each step? no way! i'll choose the 2nd bridge anytime.:D

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  46. I don't think I fancy that idea myself. Anyone doing that deserves all the luck they can get!

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  47. Hi friend.. Interesting post.. Keep up the good work.. Do find time to visit my blog and post your comments.. Take care mate.. Cheers!!!

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  48. I certainly would prefer the smaller bridge to cross. :)

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  49. Hi ECL, I can't imagine walking barefooted on sharp blades ouch! :(

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  50. Wishing u a nice relaxing weekend, have a good one! :):):)

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  51. I think I might faint before I even start. If only life's hurdles can be crossed like that, if it's guaranteed then I might bite the bullet and do it...

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  52. Interesting post and great shots for the theme.

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  53. I have updated my post to a daytime version of the painting on the side of the wall. Come on by and check it out.

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  54. I don't think I would make the trip up the stairs but I like the third bridge. That one I would love crossing. Great take on the theme!

    You can find mine here:JyLnC's Photo Hunt. Stop by and check it out.

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  55. I wont dare! :D And my religion doesnt require that anyway hehe. Happy weekend!

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  56. I definitely would not be crossing that bridge!

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  57. Wow that is quite a ritual, I don't think I would risk getting hurt just to cross that bridge ;-). It's good to learn this belief or ritual from another culture, thanks for sharing. Here's mine http://www.mirasblog.com/2009/02/photo-hunt-6-bridge.html

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  58. I have only seen the bridge in the last pic. It's really very "challenging" to cross the other one. ;p

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  59. I never knew that there is a Taoist ritual bridge. Nice shots. Have a nice weekend

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  60. I certainly would not want to go over that bridge! Great choices for the theme!

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  61. That's quite a terrifying challenge. It's an interesting ritual. Thanks for sharing.

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