Tuesday, April 7, 2009

ABC Wednesday: L is for Hitting The Little Man (打小人)


Do you feel unlucky lately???

Well, this is kind of Hong Kong version of voodoo.  It can be done year round, but most often it happens between March 5-7 each year.  On the Chinese calander, it is the day that first thunder in Spring wakes up all the being asleep during the winter.  

The ceremony is performed by woman prists. A person writes down the information of the people whom he dislikes on a paper human figure, The Little Man.  The woman then perform the curse by hitting The Little Man with various subjects, most often with a slipper.  

I saw it once in Hong Kong and Grace saw it again during her trip to Hong Kong last March, when she took the photo.  It is usually performed in a dark place not seeing the sun such as under a bridge.  Believe me, it is not a rare event.  The place is usually packed with people and with many women performing the ceremony.  

If you feel unlucky in March, may be someone is ..........

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14 comments:

Shari said...

eeps.

fiziskandarz said...

huhuhuhu.. voodoo! great info anyways [ it's kinda interesting to know other culture from different parts of the world ].. and anyways i like the statues pictures!! [ old older entries ] :)

Sylvia K said...

Yipes!! I really do love learning about other cultures from other parts of the world. This is a great and fun post! Perfect for the day!

Janie said...

Ha, this does sound a lot like voodoo, except the statues would be stuck with pins instead of hit! Interesting.

Pat - Arkansas said...

Fascinating selection for "L." I've not heard of this practice before. Always interesting to learn new things.

Tumblewords: said...

Voodoo! Love it. I sometimes would like to take advantage of it! Nice shot.

uncleawang said...

Great & fun entry of 'L'.
Interesting culture,Thanks for sharing.

Reader Wil said...

Well that is typical of Asia. And you know something? It works! If I don't like a person, there's only one here in my home town, I ignore her, even if I bump into her. Thanks for this interesting post! You've always very interesting posts. Have a great day.

Lene said...

O, noooo!! We are good friends, arn`t we? I really hope so after reading this ;)

I hope your days are good, anyway :) Here in Norway, we are celebrateing easter. Good and lazy days with family, friends and tasty food :)

Warm greetings from a friend :)

Carol said...

O my gosh! Always something new to learn...

Karyn said...

As always, your post is interesting and informative.

gone to the dogs said...

Great way to get out your frustrations. Better than hitting the actual person! Very interesting L.

kRiZ cPEc said...

That's a Super* L, is such custom seen in Taiwan as well? Or it is only in Hong Kong?

RuneE said...

So that explains it!!! :-)

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