The Basket Deity that loves Mooncake

Chai, Elena Gregoria Chin Fern (2021) The Basket Deity that loves Mooncake. [Newspaper Cutting]

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Across the border in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, the Mooncake Festival is often associated with the seance of the Basket Deity or Coi Lam Sin in the Hakka dialect. Coi Lam means ‘vegetable basket’ while Sin means ‘deity’.The seance of the Basket Deity is popular among non-Chinese; hence, the name Datok Bakol. The seance or divination usually takes place at two locations. The seance involving a deity is held within the confines of Chinese tokong (temples) or in front of open altars while the one that involves a spirit can be held anywhere. The former involves the summoning of a deity into a ‘basket’ while the latter involves the invocation of spirits to communicate through the basket. It is like a spirit possession but in a basket. For those who know the European Oujia board, it is a method of communication with the supernatural world.

Item Type: Newspaper Cutting
Uncontrolled Keywords: UNIMAS, University, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, IPTA, education, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Social Sciences & Humanities
Faculties, Institutes, Centres > Faculty of Social Sciences & Humanities
Depositing User: Chai Chin Fern@ Chai Chin Fern
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2021 07:07
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2021 07:07

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