Hmm.. I hope more of the participants share their experiance to the afterworld.
By FONG KEE SOON and WINNIE YEOH
GEORGE TOWN: In a scene akin to an occult movie, 54 people sat in darkness except for light from candles and burning prayer papers.
All dressed in white, they sat still and did not make any move.
Their eyes were covered with a piece of black or yellow cloth, with an amulet inserted, as they sat under a large tent.
All the while, a crowd of more than 100 people stood watching in silence, curious as incense smoke filled the air.
All set: Master Kek (standing) giving his final instructions before leading the participants on their journey to ‘hell’.
The silence was only broken by a Buddhist master's constant chanting of sutras as well as sounds from drums and cymbals.
The group of people sitting, which included journalists, were participants of the first-ever outdoor netherworld or hell “tour” in Malaysia held at Padang Brown in conjunction with the ongoing Phor Thor (Hungry Ghost Festival) last night.
The “tour leader” was Tze Bei Guan Yin Centre leader Master Kek Eng Seng, who has 28 years of experience in dealing with spiritual matters and has studied Tibetan Buddhism, Taoism, fortune-telling and feng shui.
Previously, he only conducted such “trips” within the confines of a temple.
The “tour” is for believers of the spiritual world to interact with their loved ones and friends who have passed on.
“It is also aimed at learning and understanding one's purpose in life based on what has been encountered down there,” said the 52-year-old Master Kek.
The “tour” began at 8.30pm when the particpants were briefed on the dos and don'ts as well as the night's proceeding. The ceremony then started with them passing through “hell's gate” before proceeding to burn a huge pile of hell bank notes.
They then went on a brief procession along the road, which ended at another side of the field where the tent was set up.
Sales manager Janice Phuah, 36, from Kuala Lumpur said she “saw” a sports car and a neat street with shopping malls.
“I also saw a large waterfall with a beautiful scenery but the strange thing was that there was no one around,” she said after the tour.
The tour was jointly organised by the Penang Teong Guan Association and the state government.
A ceremony to send off Tai Su Yeah (King of Hades) will also be held from 7pm at the same place today.