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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Her Grandma Was A ‘Tangki’ (童乩)
Jane is a
Christian as she learnt that I am collecting stories for my MagicSEA blog, she
volunteered her story:
“My grandma came to Malaysia during WWII with
my grandpa. After the war, not only she engaged in agricultural activities; she
was also a ‘tangki’ (spirit medium) by profession. Her main patron deity was
the Guan Yin or goddess of mercey. My grandma has setup a shrine known as ‘Guan
Yin Temple’ and soon after that my grandpa joined my grandma to be a medium
also. Well, life was hard then and there were many daily chores to be done too.
I can still remember that I used to assist my
grandma to clean up the temple, receiving donation, opening and closing the
temple doors as young as 8 years old. My grandma was quite powerful at that
time until such an extent that she can tell her visitors what they ate the
night before their visits. Many people let their children became Guan Yin’s
godsons and goddaughters too as they are awed by Guan Yin’s power.
While my family was not a rich one, life was
pretty easy going. A very strange thing was that there wasn’t a moment of peace
and quiet within the family: it was either people fighting amongst each other
or people stole temple donations.
My grandma died in 1990 and my grandpa took up
the ownership of Guan Yin Temple. I started to doubt Guan Yin’s power one year
before my grandma’s death. As I was accompanying grandma during her numbered
days, I felt my grandma’s body turned from warm and soft to cold and stiff; and
parts of grandma’s body started to rot.
To be frank with you, I was quite astonished as
I thought my grandma had accumulated so much merit by becoming Guan Yin’s
spokeswoman to help those helpless folks free of charge and this was her
repayment! Would goddess of mercy enjoy watching her spokeswoman rot and giving
out stinking smell of a mixture rotten flesh and urine?
Since my grandma passed away, my grandpa stayed
in low profile: he refused to pass down his profession to any of his offspring as he said once one is possessed by any spirits be it the Guan Yin or otherwise, the person will see no end to spirit possessions:
voluntarily or otherwise. These spirits will come and go as they like, at any
time and at any place and the person will lose his/her self control ability.
According to my grandpa, my grandma’s spirit
still lingers on. She would come back to visit her family during her birthday,
her death anniversaries and during the Chinese ‘ghost month’. Only my grandpa
can see my grandma’s spirit. When the spirit comes, she will possess my grandpa
and give instructions to family members as she was still alive.
Now that I am married and move out from my old
house, I seldom come in contact with my grandma’s spirit; though last time she
possessed my grandpa and asked for more money. Whatever case is, I hope she
will cross over soon.”