"Worship at the shrine of Mammon" Malaysia Local Custom Tip by l_joo

Malaysia Local Customs: 200 reviews and 174 photos

  Big Banyan Trees
by l_joo

Banyan tree culture is very popular in Malaysia. Because of its look and good sheltering purposes, local Malaysian-Chinese and Indians believes there are some spiritual powers behind these trees. In rural area, banyan is directly known as God tree or Pye-Angkong-eh-chaang (Hokkien). In residential areas, if you see a banyan tree, you should be able to see God or Angkong.

Angkong is installed by peoples living nearby as their God to pray for peace and money. Angkong nowadays can be bought in local Gods Shops or Fengshui factories.

How it works?
Believers will buy a Mini-Red-House which is commonly known as Angkong, shrine in English or altar and whatever you want to name it. Believers usually kneel down with joss-sticks and talking in heart to Angkong as pray to ask for peace and money. Some peoples offer fresh flowers as gifts to the God as formality. All these have no rigid orders but depend on believers. So far I haven't yet seen any books or guidebooks to teach how to perform Angkong praying, it was pass from generation to generation orally.

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  • Updated Apr 29, 2004
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