This picture taken on August 9, 2016 shows a display of unwanted statues of deities, gathered and repaired after their owners discarded them, on a rocky slope running down to the sea in Hong Kong. 
Religion and local customs permeate Hong Kong, where Buddhist and Taoist temples are common and incense offerings are regularly burned outside local businesses. Private homes often have a shrine to a local deity, with Christian churches and mosques also in the mix. But with space at a premium in a city were rents are sky high, informal collections of discarded gods often decorate roadsides and public spaces. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE / To go with "HONG KONG-CULTURE-LIFESTYLE-RELIGION", FEATURE by Dennis Chong
Kultúra

A hongkongi kidobott istenek szentélye egyszerre meglepő és fantasztikus látvány

Vincze Miklós
Vincze Miklós

Kultúrák és cool túrák. 2016. 11. 22. 11:09

A parthoz közel fekvő sziklákat ma több ezer istenség szobra díszíti. De miért?
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Az 1997-ig a Brit Birodalom részét képező, azóta Kínához tartozó Hongkong a világ egyik legnyüzsgőbb városa, ahol a turista szinte minden egyes lépése után érdekességekre bukkanhat, vagy egyszerűen csak gyönyörködhet a felhőkarcolók látványában, de a sokszor elképzelhetetlenül pezsgő, modern városban lépkedve úton-útfélen bukkanhat sérült szobrokra,

hiszen a hongkongiak a lakásaikban, irodáikban, vagy akár éttermeikben tartott szobrokat sérülésük esetén nem egyszerűen csak kidobják a kukába, hanem kirakják az utcára, remélve, hogy más majd imádkozik előttük, vagy egyszerűen csak hazaviszi őket.

This picture taken on August 9, 2016 shows a display of unwanted statues of deities, gathered and repaired after their owners discarded them, on a rocky slope running down to the sea in Hong Kong. 
Religion and local customs permeate Hong Kong, where Buddhist and Taoist temples are common and incense offerings are regularly burned outside local businesses. Private homes often have a shrine to a local deity, with Christian churches and mosques also in the mix. But with space at a premium in a city were rents are sky high, informal collections of discarded gods often decorate roadsides and public spaces. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE / To go with "HONG KONG-CULTURE-LIFESTYLE-RELIGION", FEATURE by Dennis Chong

Az egykor hentesként dolgozó, most nyolcvanöt éves Wong Wing-pong évtizedeken át kerülgette ezeket a sokszor kopott, vagy hiányos szobrokat, de tizenhét évvel ezelőtt furcsa gondolata támadt: mi lenne, ha összegyűjtene néhányat, megjavítaná őket, és egy sziklás helyre vinné, ahol szabadon imádhatnák őket, legyenek akár Buddha-figurák, taoista istenségek, helyi szellemek, vagy keresztény szobrok vagy ikonok? A gondolatot tett követte, így a ma is gyarapodó, több ezres gyűjtemény az apró állam egyik legnagyobb látványosságává nőtte ki magát.

In this picture taken on August 9, 2016 dedicated volunteer Wong Wing-pong, an 85 year old retired butcher, walks past a display of unwanted statues of deities, gathered and repaired after their owners discarded them, on a rocky slope running down to the sea in Hong Kong. 
Religion and local customs permeate Hong Kong, where Buddhist and Taoist temples are common and incense offerings are regularly burned outside local businesses. Private homes often have a shrine to a local deity, with Christian churches and mosques also in the mix. But with space at a premium in a city were rents are sky high, informal collections of discarded gods often decorate roadsides and public spaces. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE / To go with "HONG KONG-CULTURE-LIFESTYLE-RELIGION", FEATURE by Dennis Chong
In this picture taken on August 9, 2016 dedicated volunteer Wong Wing-pong, an 85 year old retired butcher, offers incense to unwanted statues of deities, gathered and repaired after their owners discarded them, on a rocky slope running down to the sea in Hong Kong.  
Religion and local customs permeate Hong Kong, where Buddhist and Taoist temples are common and incense offerings are regularly burned outside local businesses. Private homes often have a shrine to a local deity, with Christian churches and mosques also in the mix. But with space at a premium in a city were rents are sky high, informal collections of discarded gods often decorate roadsides and public spaces. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE / To go with "HONG KONG-CULTURE-LIFESTYLE-RELIGION", FEATURE by Dennis Chong
This picture taken on August 9, 2016 shows a display of unwanted statues of deities, gathered and repaired after their owners discarded them, on a rocky slope running down to the sea in Hong Kong. 
Religion and local customs permeate Hong Kong, where Buddhist and Taoist temples are common and incense offerings are regularly burned outside local businesses. Private homes often have a shrine to a local deity, with Christian churches and mosques also in the mix. But with space at a premium in a city were rents are sky high, informal collections of discarded gods often decorate roadsides and public spaces. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE / To go with "HONG KONG-CULTURE-LIFESTYLE-RELIGION", FEATURE by Dennis Chong
In this picture taken on August 9, 2016, an elderly woman offers incense sticks to various unwanted statues of deities, gathered and repaired after their owners discarded them, on a rocky slope running down to the sea in Hong Kong. 
Religion and local customs permeate Hong Kong, where Buddhist and Taoist temples are common and incense offerings are regularly burned outside local businesses. Private homes often have a shrine to a local deity, with Christian churches and mosques also in the mix. But with space at a premium in a city were rents are sky high, informal collections of discarded gods often decorate roadsides and public spaces. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE / To go with "HONG KONG-CULTURE-LIFESTYLE-RELIGION", FEATURE by Dennis Chong
In this picture taken on August 9, 2016, an elderly woman (L) walks past unwanted statues of deities, gathered and repaired after their owners discarded them, on a rocky slope running down to the sea in Hong Kong.
Religion and local customs permeate Hong Kong, where Buddhist and Taoist temples are common and incense offerings are regularly burned outside local businesses. Private homes often have a shrine to a local deity, with Christian churches and mosques also in the mix. But with space at a premium in a city were rents are sky high, informal collections of discarded gods often decorate roadsides and public spaces. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE / To go with "HONG KONG-CULTURE-LIFESTYLE-RELIGION", FEATURE by Dennis Chong
In this picture taken on August 9, 2016, an elderly woman prays to unwanted statues of deities, gathered and repaired after their owners discarded them, on a rocky slope running down to the sea in Hong Kong. 
Religion and local customs permeate Hong Kong, where Buddhist and Taoist temples are common and incense offerings are regularly burned outside local businesses. Private homes often have a shrine to a local deity, with Christian churches and mosques also in the mix. But with space at a premium in a city were rents are sky high, informal collections of discarded gods often decorate roadsides and public spaces. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE / To go with "HONG KONG-CULTURE-LIFESTYLE-RELIGION", FEATURE by Dennis Chong
In this picture taken on August 14, 2016, dedicated volunteer Wong Wing-pong, an 85 year old retired butcher, offers 'death money' to unwanted statues of deities, gathered and repaired after their owners discarded them, on a rocky slope running down to the sea in Hong Kong, on the day of the Hungry Ghost festival. 
Religion and local customs permeate Hong Kong, where Buddhist and Taoist temples are common and incense offerings are regularly burned outside local businesses. Private homes often have a shrine to a local deity, with Christian churches and mosques also in the mix. But with space at a premium in a city were rents are sky high, informal collections of discarded gods often decorate roadsides and public spaces. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE / To go with "HONG KONG-CULTURE-LIFESTYLE-RELIGION", FEATURE by Dennis Chong
This picture taken on August 9, 2016 shows a display of unwanted statues of deities, gathered and repaired after their owners discarded them, on a rocky slope running down to the sea in Hong Kong.
Religion and local customs permeate Hong Kong, where Buddhist and Taoist temples are common and incense offerings are regularly burned outside local businesses. Private homes often have a shrine to a local deity, with Christian churches and mosques also in the mix. But with space at a premium in a city were rents are sky high, informal collections of discarded gods often decorate roadsides and public spaces. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE / To go with "HONG KONG-CULTURE-LIFESTYLE-RELIGION", FEATURE by Dennis Chong
Fotók: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Europress
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