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Today,  Saturday, Aug 11th 2012, (24th of the sixth month in the lunar month) is Guan Gong’s birthday. Since dawn most of the Guan-Ti temples are already packed with devotees.

The picture above shows the guan dao(Kuan Di’s sword 关刀 ), it’s a heavy stuff, not all people can easily lift it up.

Kuan Ti, whose historical name was  Guan Yu, was also known as Guan Gong or Wudi, the  Chinese god of war. His immense popularity with the common people rests on the firm belief that his control over evil spirits is so great that even actors who play his part in dramas share his power over demons. Guandi who became immortalized as the God of War, is widely regarded as a symbol of loyalty and integrity, so he is not only a natural favourite of soldiers but has been chosen as patron of numerous trades and professions.

“……………… Guan Yu lived during the chivalrous era of the Three Kingdoms (3rd century ce) and has been romanticized in popular lore, in drama, and especially in the Ming dynasty novel Sanguo Yanyi (“Romance of the Three Kingdoms”)…………. “ Quoted by Encyclopedia Britannica http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/324162/Guandi

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I have forgotten to bring along my camera,  but luckily I have my Blackberry with me. I  managed to capture some pictures with it. The slides above shown are taken at one of the famous Guan Ti Temple (关帝庙) or Kuan Gong Temple(关公庙) in Kuala Lumpur, it’s more than 120 years old. This temple was situated along Jalan Tun H.S. Lee. Originally the name of the road was a “High Street” stretching across old Kuala Lumpur.

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Kuan Ti 关帝 (God of Righteousness ‘正义’) and Kuan Ti Temple along High Street (adjacent to Petaling Street – KL’s Chinatown).The temple which houses an antique  ‘关刀guan dao ‘. This long knife was Kuan Ti’s weapon and had been brought here from China more than 100 years ago.

                    

There are two Guardian Gods of the temple standing ostentatiously outside, on either side of the entrance. This temple was built-in 1888 by the Selangor & Federal Territory Kwong Siew Association.

             

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