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Villain Hitting, Folk Sorcery in Hong Kong

 
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Mar 06, 2011 22:33 |  #1

Paper tigers 'feast' on some fatty pork and rice before they are 'sacrificed' in a 'villain hitting' ceremony in Wanchai.

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Who would have thought that sorcery was still alive down between the glittering skyscrapers of Hong Kong. Canal Road flyover, a stone's throw from uber chic Times Square in Causeway Bay is home to the psychic practice of 'villain hitting'.

This is a type of folk sorcery used to curse one's enemies. The client writes the name of the villain on a sheet of paper (which is usually adorned with illustrations of human bodies). This paper is then beaten by the villain hitter (usually an old lady) with a shoe. The beaten paper is then placed inside the paper tiger and burnt.

March 6, or Jingzhe in the Chinese lunar calendar, is one of the most popular dates for villain hitting and the villain hitters were out in force.

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Mar 07, 2011 10:34 |  #2

Who would have thought that sorcery was still alive down between the glittering skyscrapers of Hong Kong.

Who would think people in the US would deny evolution and think the universe is 6k years old. :rolleyes:

In Thailand last year they found a new month species. Thai people rushed to go see it, not to see a new species, but to see if they could get lottery numbers from it. :p


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Mar 07, 2011 22:21 |  #3

Who would think a broad generalization of "people in the US" would make someone sound so silly!?!?!?!




  
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Mar 08, 2011 00:19 as a reply to  @ RDHPhotography's post |  #4

It's no more an inclusion of "all people in the US" than saying "Thai people" somehow implies all Thai.

If I stated that there are "people in the US" that believe in snake charming, who you assume it is some generalization for everyone in the US? no, not at all.

Even though it's technically accurate, it would read better if I had wrote "some."


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Mar 08, 2011 01:00 |  #5

yes, that does sound silly. i didn't realize evolution was such a well-proven, undoubtable fact. it's a matter of faith my friend.

but seriously - interesting subject matter - you were able to get so suspiciously close to it ;). so did your villain go away?

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Mar 15, 2011 23:48 |  #6

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yes, that does sound silly. i didn't realize evolution was such a well-proven, undoubtable fact. it's a matter of faith my friend.

but seriously - interesting subject matter - you were able to get so suspiciously close to it ;). so did your villain go away?

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Thanks for the comment on the photo. No, I didn't partake although I was thinking who I could 'hit'. Usually, there are only one or two old ladies practising but on the day I visited, there were 30 or 40 (obviously they are part-time villain hitters!). So, no-one seemed to care about photographers (except some of the clients) and it was possible to get in very close. I'll post some more later.


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Apr 05, 2011 01:32 as a reply to  @ HKdave's post |  #7

A few more shots of villain hitting in Hong Kong.

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Putting the boot in.

A paper bearing the villain's name is beaten with a shoe.

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Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright

Paper Tigers await their fiery fate at the hands of the villain hitters, folk sorcerers in Hong Kong's Causeway District.
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