|Inside a Tin Hau Temple|
|Written by Leung Siu Kin, Nathan|
|Monday, 15 December 2008|
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There are more than 100 Tin Hau temples in Hong Kong; the oldest is more 742 years old. Visitors flock to temples to worship and get advice on their future from the god, Tin Hau.
Mystery surrounds Tin Hau. Some people believe she was born in the Song Dynasty (960-1279) and could forecast weather from a young age. This gift saved the lives of numerous seafarers and she became revered as a god by fishermen. Numerous Tin Hau Temples are dotted along the coast of southern China where the inhabitants, many of them fisherfolk or descendents of fishing communities, celebrate his her birthday every spring.
Hong Kong is no exception. It was once home to many fishing communities who worshipped Tin Hau and sought her protection from the elements.
Nowadays, many Hong Kong people who worship Tin Hau seek her guidence about careers, love, travel, health, anything.
Lau has worked at the temple, built in 1622 by the Chan clan, for 14 years. Her responsibilities range from cleaning, handling temple finances to carrying out rituals and aiding worshippers.
Her workday starts at 4 am when she serves tea to Tin Hau. She then reads Buddhist scriptures until 6 am.
The rest of her day is filled with a range of chores and activities.
In addition to cleaning, she keeps joss sticks burning and arranges flowers. Joss sticks come in different sizes. Some need replacing daily others will last 13 or 20 days or longer.
Serving Tea to Tin Hau:
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