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Tue 06 Feb 2007

Jeff Ooi on Thaipusam at Batu Caves, Malaysia

Category : world

"Thaipusam: Vanquished the evil demon." By Jeff Ooi, Screenshots, 02 Feb 2007, with links to photo-essays.

"Two days ago, with some LensaMalaysia shutterbugs, I went for my first ever Thaipusam photography trip to feel the silent emotions amidst the dramatic colours of this festival that symbolise the good claiming triumphs over the evil in the Hindu belief system.

We virtually camped there, starting from 6.30pm on January 31, and didn't leave until 11.30am the next day ... it was well worth the tired legs and aching body due to the equipment weights and the long walk."

...

"I love the Hinduism themes of Good vanquishing the Evil. In Deepavali, Light triumphs over Darkness. In Thaipusam, Murugan triumphed over evil demon Soorapadman by using the lance his mother gave him.

The Good defeating the Evil seems to be a universal value, cutting across different belief systems of the world."

... there were total strangers who identified my face and greeted me so warmly. We have never met each other, but they know what I blog for all these years. These Hindu devotees told me: "Jeff, tell Rocky, we will walk with you!"

Read on...

To understand the context of the "Walk with you" remark to Jeff Ooi, see "Defamation suit to test the limits of freedom of speech in cyberspace." By A. Asohan. The Star (Editorial), 20 Jan 2007 and the "Walk With Us" webpage.

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