The double tiered Tok Sam Kai is an important object for the veneration of the Jade Emperor and is raised during important temple prayers and joyous events related to rites of passage in the home. While devotees communicate their heartfelt wishes verbally through prayer to the Jade Emperor, their hopes are spelled out via symbolism of the offerings laid neatly on the table.
The Semayang Tikong (Prayer to Jade Emperor) has remained to this day as a private affair in the Baba and Nyonya homes. Hence the process of setting up and the art of prayer are hardly seen and recorded. The speaker will share some rare insights on this offering of beauty as the community shows their gratitude and great reverence to the King of Heaven.
About the speaker
Cedric Tan is a sixth generation Baba from Melaka and is currently the President of the Persatuan Peranakan Baba Nyonya Kuala Lumpur & Selangor and is on the Advisory Committee of the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple in Melaka. A practicing Baba since his childhood days, he is actively involved in the research on the quaint customs of the Babas and Nyonyas and the promotion of Baba-Nyonya culture, especially in rejuvenation of the traditional Baba Wedding in Melaka, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
He frequently shares his knowledge and love for the living culture by contributing articles and updates to the newsletter The Peranakan and through invitations to educate and talk to various NGOs, university undergraduates, tour guides, museum docents and foreign guests. His views on the Baba-Nyonya culture and traditional practices have been featured in various local and international mass media.
This lecture is free. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No registration is required.
Image: Malacca (right) and Penang-style Tok Sam Kais flanking a wedding scroll used as backdrop for the 26th Baba Nyonya International Convention Opening Gala Night, Kuala Lumpur, November 2013. Copyright Tan See Senth