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 photos initially released in 1979, 1980 and 1981. The one hundred twenty articles and pictures discover lifestyle, customs and rituals in Hong Kong's rural New Territories. every one mouthful is entire in itself, yet jointly the articles volume to a considerable dinner party. They examine faith, nutrients, language, historical past, gala's, kinfolk, unusual happenings and extended family conflict. The publication files a lot which can now not be came across. however it additionally presents an knowing of a global which has no longer but totally disappeared, and which nonetheless kinds the heritage for all times in smooth, city Hong Kong.

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At the bottom are the Village Representatives (chuen-doi-biu 村代表); they sit on higher councils called Rural Committees, and the leaders of the Rural Committees sit on the Rural Consultative Council, usually called the Heung Yee Kuk in English documents. But there was a great difference between the unofficial leadership of pre-British times and the officially recognized system after 1899: the former operated in a power vacuum, the latter was expected to function as an auxiliary to “proper” government.

Both the front and back gateways were wide enough for only one man to get through at a time, and it is still necessary to stand aside and wait if another person is passing through. In the 1960s a scavenging pig could block the gateway completely, but that hazard at least is no longer to be faced now that pigs have lost the freedom to roam. The gates are of heavy iron mail reinforced by stout wooden bars which slot into frames immediately behind them. At the front of the village the walls dropped straight into the moat, but on the other sides, as here, a belt of land was interposed.

T 7UHH he Ultimate of Ultimates (taai-gik 太極) is the origin of everything. When in a state of movement it gives rise to Yang (yeung 陽), at rest Yin (yam 陰), and the alternation of these two principles is present in both time and matter. Interaction between Yang and Yin produces the Five Elements: water, fire, wood, metal and earth (sui, foh, muk, gam, to 水火木金土). All things are made up of these elements, which themselves form an endless chain of production. Wood produces fire, fire produces earth, earth produces metal, metal produces water, water produces wood, and so on.

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