Baba and Nyonya

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Background

The Baba Nyonya, also known as Peranakan or Straits-Chinese, are the descendants of Chinese immigrants who married and assimilated into local communities in Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries. The number of Chinese migrants increased when the tin mines in Kesang, Johor, opened and started operating. With Malacca as its centre, the Baba Nyonya culture has grown and developed into a rich identity of its own. The Baba Nyonya community is different from the ethnic Chinese communities, but they still consider themselves as Chinese.

“Baba” is an honorific term used for Straits-Chinese men, while “Nyonya” is used for the women. Most of them have lived along the Straits of Malacca for generations, and were mostly English-educated. Due to their background, they could speak two or more languages, and often acted as middlemen for the Chinese and British, and for the Malay and Chinese.

 

An origin myth of the Baba Nyonya

One of the myths or stories about the origins of the Baba Nyonyas can be found at the Humanity blog. In short, the myth claims that Zheng He of China visited Malacca in the 15th century and gifted Sultan Mansur Shah, then Sultan of Malacca, with Princess Hang Li Po.

Her entourage made a home for themselves in Bukit Cina and laid down the roots for the development of the Baba Nyonya culture.

The Peranakan retained most of their ethnic and religious origins (ancestor worship), but assimilated the language and culture of the Malays. They developed a unique culture and distinct foods. A lot of sources claim that the early Peranakan inter-married with the local Malay population. However, the lack of physical resemblances have also led many experts to believe that the Peranakan Chinese ethnicity has hardly [been] diluted. The Peranakan often sent their sons and daughters to China to look for spouses. Also, the religion of the local Malay population was Islam, which forbids inter-marriage with other religions without conversion first. In the early 1800s, new Chinese immigrants to the Straits Settlements bolstered the Peranakan population.

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By the middle of the Twentieth century, most Peranakan were English educated, as a result of the British colonisation of Malaya, and the natural propensity of these people who were able to easily embrace new cultures. Because the Peranakans readily embraced English culture and education, administrative and civil service posts were often filled by prominent Straits Chinese. The interaction with the British also caused many in the community to convert to Christianity. The Peranakan community thereby became very influential in Malacca and Singapore and were known also as the King’s Chinese due to their perceived loyalty to the British Crown. Because of the interaction of the different cultures and languages that Peranakans had, up to the mid-1900s, most Peranakans were trilingual, able to converse with Chinese, Malays and the British. Common vocations were as merchants, traders, and general intermediaries between China, Malaya and the West; the latter was especially valued by the British, since the Babas also enjoyed good relations with the Malay community and served as advisors to the royal Malay courts. In fact the term “Baba” is an honorific term in Malay; probably derived from Hindi/Sanskrit [Baba: literally means grandfather or father, and is used as a term of reverence and affection for an elderly gentleman.]

http://geographyhumanity.blogspot.my/2010/04/story-of-baba-baba-nyonya.html

 

Culture

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Baba Nyonya is the result of a marriage between a female Malay and a male Chinese. It was common for Chinese traders in the early days to marry Malay women from Peninsular Malaysia or take them as concubines. As a result, the Baba Nyonya boast a unique mix of Malay cultural characteristics. Peranakans of those days are married through arranged marriages with other Peranakan. Marriage in the olden days was not as easy and simple as it is now; marriage of same stature and within the same society were the standard during that time.

The Baba Nyonya community has various unique customs and traditions, especially when it comes to weddings. Marriage proposals are put into a 2-tiered lacquered basket, known as Bakul Siah, and placed into the hands of the bride’s parents by the middle-person who speaks on behalf of the proposer. Sometimes, instead of Bakul Siah, wealthy Peranakans would use beautifully embroidered gilded pagoda trays (Botekan Candi in Indonesian).

Bakul Siah and Gilded Pagoda Trays (or Botekan Candi in Indonesian)

Bakul Siah and Gilded Pagoda Trays (or Botekan Candi in Indonesian)

Wedding invitations were done in red because the colour red represents happiness and harmony. The invitation cards are typically sent by a dispatcher known as “Pak Chindek”, who usually takes about six days to deliver all of them.

Their wedding ceremony is predominantly based on Chinese traditions and is one of the most fascinating and colourful wedding ceremonies in Malaysia. The highlight of the wedding would be the 12-day ceremony and banquet, called “makan tok panjang” which literally means long table feast.

Dondang Sayang

Dondang Sayang

In the Chinese culture, it’s very important to hold the wedding ceremony on auspicious days and at particular times. The same holds true for the Baba Nyonyas. The auspicious days will be chosen according to the eight Chinese characters, which the Hokkiens call “pek ji”, based on one’s birth date and time. During this time, taboos are carefully and strictly observed. The marriages were mostly match-made, and the decision is made by the parents and/or elders, though the bride and groom are consulted during the process. The wedding rituals are witnessed by their ancestors, elders, and deities. Wedding items usually feature the prosperous colours of red, pink, orange, gold, and yellow, and are embroidered with unique motifs to establish a good marriage. Like the Chinese, they believe that it’s auspicious to have things that come in pairs, which is why there is usually two of each wedding item.

 

Food

Some popular Nyonya dishes

Some popular Nyonya dishes

The Baba Nyonya culture is the result of the acculturation development, which occurs when a culture accepts and assimilates foreign customs and elements. The similarities between the Baba Nyonya and Malay cultures can be seen in food and clothing. Many Nyonya dishes are similar to Malay cooking, like, “bubur cha cha”, “nasi kerabu”, “sambal”, and “embuk-embuk”.

Influenced by the Malay culture, the Nyonya cuisine uses the same common Malay spices. An example of a Nyonya dish is Chicken Kapitan, which is a dry chicken curry. Nyonya Laksa is a highly popular dish in Malaysia, and can be found in Malacca as well as Singapore. Pongteh is also another unique dish of the Baba Nyonya community. The primary ingredients of this savoury dish are shallots, fermented bean sauce, chicken, and black mushroom.

As for dessert, there are some very famous traditional Nyonya cakes (kueh) like Kueh Kochi, Lepat Kacang, Apom Balik, Kueh Bongkong, Pulot Inti, Ondeh-Ondeh, Kueh Genggang, and more. These traditional cakes are also made during festivals and celebrations.

 

Nyonya restaurants in Malacca:

1. Nancy’s Kitchen

Nancy’s Kitchen

Nancy’s Kitchen

Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 11:00 – 17:30

Address: Jalan Hang Lekir off Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Malacca

Phone: +606 283 6099

 
2. Kocik Kitchen

Kocik Kitchen

Kocik Kitchen

Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 11:00 – 15:00

Address: 100, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Malacca

Tel: +6016 929 6605

 
3. Seri Nyonya Peranakan Restaurant

Seri Nyonya Peranakan Restaurant

Seri Nyonya Peranakan Restaurant

Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 12:00 – 14:30, 18:30 – 22:30

Address: Hotel Equatorial Malacca, Banda Hilir, Malacca

Tel: +606 282 8333

 
4. Restoran Peranakan

Restoran Peranakan

Restoran Peranakan

Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 12:00 – 14:30, 18:30 – 22:00

Address: 107, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Malacca

Tel: +606 284 5001

 
5. Amy Heritage Nyonya Cuisine

Amy Heritage Nyonya Cuisine

Amy Heritage Nyonya Cuisine

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 11:30 – 14:30, 18:00 – 22:00

Address: 75, Jalan Melaka Raya, Taman Melaka Raya, Malacca

Tel: +606 286 8819

 

Language

The Baba Nyonyas speak Baba Malay, which is a creole language that contains words from the Malay and Hokkien languages. Due to their ability to quickly adapt to local cultures, most of the Baba Nyonyas can speak two or more languages and dialects, like Baba Malay, English, and Chinese.

Today, the Baba Malay creole is a dying language that is mostly used by the older generation. Many of the younger generation do not know how to speak it anymore and often use English or Chinese as their primary language.

 

Clothing

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The traditional clothing of a Nyonya are the Baju Panjang (Long Dress) and Baju Kebaya. The Baju Panjang is usually worn by the older Nyonyas while the younger Nyonyas prefer the shorter and more colourful Kebaya. It’s worn with a Sarong (Batik wrap-around skirt) and 3 kerosang (brooches). Their beaded slippers, called the Kasot Manek-Manek, are skillfully and patiently made by hand and can feature tiny multi-faceted glass-cut beads (Manek Potong) from Bohemia.

The traditional Kasot Manek-Manek mostly floral and oriental themed, influenced by the batik sarong and Peranakan porcelain. Mostly, they were made into flats or bedroom slippers, but, since the 1930s, heels were gradually added to the footwear.

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Baju panjang

Sharing similarities with the Malay Kebaya, the Kebaya Nyonya is traditionally made of “kasa rubia” fabric (a sheer cotton-like fabric) or printed cotton. Kebayas made from “kasa rubia” are embroidered with intricate flora and fauna designs with “kerawang” borders (floral scalloped borders). Traditional Kebayas also comes “tebok lobang” a line a tiny holes running on each side of the kebaya, from the shoulders to the hem to accentuate the wearer’s feminine form. As the Kebaya is sheer and almost transparent, a camisole or “baju dalam” is worn underneath for decency. Bejewelled “kerosang” are used to fasten the front opening of the Kebaya.

The Baju Panjang is similar to the Malay’s Baju Kurung but has an opening in front similar to the Kebaya. A set of “kerosang” is used as fastening. As the Baju Panjang is typically worn by the older Nyonyas, the colours and patterns of the fabric used are muted. The length of the Baju Panjang’s outer coat reaches the knees, unlike the Kebaya that stops at mid-hips. The inner wear is a white long sleeved blouse with a high collar.

 
Sarong

A sarong is a long length of cotton fabric that’s often wrapped around the waist. It’s mainly worn by men and women in South East Asian countries like Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei. The fabric woven with checkered patterns or plaid are favoured by the men, while the ladies prefer floral designs. Nyonyas prefer their sarongs adorned with delicate floral designs such as the peonies, roses, morning glories and chrysanthemums. It is not unusual to see sarongs with phoenix and peacocks designs.

 
Kerosang

A kerosang is often made out of metal, such as silver and gold, and decorated with gemstones. It can be used as an ornament, but, most of the time, it’s used to secure the position of clothing, such as the baju panjang.

 

Religion

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The Baba Nyonyas have adapted to Chinese belief systems, such as Chinese Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism, as well as Christianity. Just like the Chinese, they, too, observe the Lunar New Year, the Lantern Festival, and many other Chinese celebrations. Their culture is also strongly influenced by the British, Dutch, Portuguese, Malay, and Indonesian.

Just like any other culture, Baba Nyonyas strongly believe in the observation of pantang larang (taboos), especially within the older generations. There are some pantang larang that were deemed too stiff and complicated. Today, in keeping up with the modern times, most of the Baba Nyonyas no longer practise these pantang larang.

The Baba Nyonyas also believe in shamans (a practitioner of magic). For example, when a baby cries non-stop, they will seek help from shamans as they believe that an evil spirit is at work. Another taboo involves forbidding pregnant women from leaving their house at dusk as they believe that this is when demons and evil spirits are active. It is also said that the blood of a pregnant woman attracts Pontianaks (women who died during childbirth and turned into spirits). When a pregnant woman has to travel, they will always bring items that are made of metal, like a knife, as they believe that metal scares the evil spirits away.

 

Museum

Cultural and historical items from the Baba Nyonya culture are displayed at the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum, the Straits Chinese Jewellery Museum, and other historical establishments found in the neighbourhood of Jonker Street and Heeren Street in Malacca. Other notable Peranakan places of interest are: the Pinang Peranakan Mansion in Penang, Malaysia; and the Peranakan Museum, Baba House, and the Intan Museum in Singapore. Exhibits include food, furniture, and even traditional clothes.

Free weekly shows featuring Baba Nyonya and traditional Chinese cultural performances can also be found at Jonker Street in Malacca. Other Peranakan traditional collections, such as batik and bead-works, can also be found in museums outside of South East Asia. The Honolulu Museum of Art and Australian Museum are known to exhibit such collections.

 
1. Pinang Peranakan Mansion

Pinang Peranakan Mansion

Pinang Peranakan Mansion

Address: 29, Church St, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Phone: +60 4-264 2929

Monday to Sunday including Public Holidays from 9:30 am to 5 pm

Adults: RM20.00; Children(below 6): Free

Email: rmhbaba@streamyx.com

 
2. Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum

Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum

Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum

Address: 48-50, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

Phone: +60 6-283 1273

Daily Tour Times: 10am – 1:00pm (last morning tour 12noon); 2pm – 5:00pm (last evening tour 4pm)

Extended Hour on Weekends: Fri, Sat, Sun (last evening tour 5:00pm)

Adults: RM 8; Children (aged 5 to 12): RM 4

Email: admin@babanyonyamuseum.com

 
3. Straits Chinese Jewellery Museum

Straits Chinese Jewellery Museum

Straits Chinese Jewellery Museum

Address: Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Taman Kota Laksamana, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

Phone: +60 4-2642929

Opening Days: 7 days a week, 9.30am-5.30pm

Adults: RM20/person; Children: RM10 (below 6 year-old: Free)

 

Filmography

Films that featured the Baba Nyonya culture

Films that featured the Baba Nyonya culture

In the 1950s, the Baba Nyonya culture was featured in several Hong Kong films, such as: Niangre/ Nyonya (娘惹,1952), Fengyu Niuche Shui/ Rainstorm in China town (风雨牛车水,1956), Niangre yu Baba/ Nyonya and Baba (娘惹与峇峇,1956), and Niangre Zhi lian/ Love with a Malaysian Girl (娘惹之恋,1969).

In Malaysia, the popularity of the comedy drama show entitled “Baba Nyonya” turned it into the longest-running TV series in the country. The TV show ran from the late 1990s till 2000, with 509 episodes in total, and earned a place in the Malaysian Book of Records.

"Baba Nyonya" TV series

“Baba Nyonya” TV series

 

Architecture

The Baba Nyonyas have a very unique style of architecture that brings together Western and Eastern components, like elaborated plaster works and ceramic artwork. They are particularly renowned for their unique colonial bungalows. In most of the houses, you’ll notice a distinctive infusion of artworks from both the Malay and Chinese cultures, which is definitely the only one of its kind.

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The architectural styles of Baba-Nyonya properties in Malaysia are usually associated with the Straits Eclectic Style. The Straits Eclectic Shophouses started appearing in the mid to late 20th century (1940 – 1990). In the early 20th century, shophouses in the Straits Settlements began to incorporate full-length French windows with a pair of full-length timber shutters, an arched or rectangular transom over the window opening, pilasters of classical orders, and plaster renderings. Reinforced concrete was later used to allow wider roof overhangs and more elaborate cantilevered brackets which sprung from above the pilasters.

 

Shophouses

A shophouse, or row house, has two or more storeys. The first floor is usually used for commercial purposes, such as warehouses or sundry shops, and the second floor served as living quarters. The shophouse is not a standalone building. Like terrace houses, it is one of the several separate units that share dividing walls. One building can be made up of any number of shophouses.

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The shophouse is easily found in the urban areas of Malaysia. Some people may prefer to live in these houses with no intent of opening a business. The building itself will have a huge entrance with a timber bar locked into the door head, and louvred panel windows. A 5-foot way (kaki lima), or a walkway with veranda, is one of the unique features of this particular house. This covered 5-foot walkway commonly features an arched opening that joins one house with the rest of the street front. This standout feature has become an instantly recognisable characteristic of a Baba Nyonya house.

 
Sources:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peranakan
  • http://redfame.com/journal/index.php/ijsss/article/viewFile/651/592
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/峇峇娘惹
  • http://geographyhumanity.blogspot.my/2010/04/story-of-baba-baba-nyonya.html

 
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  1. Stella Cheang on Mar 16, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    The Baba Nyonya culture, food, and architecture have been renowned for being rich and colorful. It is unique because it blends specialties of the Chinese and Malay culture into one and cannot be found anywhere else except mainly in Malacca and perhaps Singapore. It is a clear sign how the racial and cultural difference was not an issue among the multiracial residence of the Malaya. Acceptance and integration were widely practiced, and as a result, we have a distinctively beautiful culture to add to our heritage. Thank you for this article.

  2. wan wai meng on Mar 2, 2017 at 1:50 am

    The Peranakan Culture has certainly contributed to the richness of the Malaysian culture and is a unique legacy within Malaysian Society. It is an indication of the pragmatic nature of the Chinese people, that once they knew that most of them won’t be returning to China, they adapted other cultures and created a new one.

    Also I must say that Malay people, are equally kind to accept Chinese who came from China, and intermarried with the Chinese, there was some form of integration of the Chinese from mainland China with the local Malays at that time. I am glad that both the Malay people and the Chinese people of a bygone era contributed to a new subculture.

    I was also surprised that movies had been on the Peranakan people, it was before my time. I also recall there was a theatrical play called ‘Emily of Emerald Hill’ and it is a monologue, over the past 15 years or so, it has garnered tremendous appreciation and critical acclaimed for all the time it has been playing in theatres. Played by 7 women and even a man, the play revolves a charming Peranakan woman, Emily Gan, who evolves from frightened young bride to a strong-willed matriarch.

  3. Echeah on Feb 19, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    That is such a beautiful culture, so very Malaysian. It is strange but nice to hear two Chinese people conversing with each other in Bahasa Malaysia, but that is quite normal Baba style.

    Their traditional clothing, architecture and furnishing are really colourful and ornate and their cuisine is to die for! Definitely one of my favourite foods. This is Malaysia’s best kept secret, fortunately or unfortunately. I wish Malaysia’s Baba culture and cuisine could be marketed worldwide and become well-known.

  4. Pastor Lim Han Nee on Feb 19, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    The Baba Nyonya, also known as Peranakan or Straits-Chinese, are the descendants of Chinese immigrants who married and assimilated into local communities in Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries. This unique group of Malaysians have seamlessly assimilated the cultures of the Chinese and the local Malays particularly into their elaborately embroidered attire and very meticulously and elaborately prepared and delicious cuisine. To me this is the most wondrous feature of the Nonya and Baba culture here.

    The Baba Nonya community has also developed various unique customs and traditions pertaining to weddings. Take for exmple the Marriage Proprosal .Marriage proposals are put into a 2-tiered lacquered basket, known as Bakul Siah, and placed into the hands of the bride’s parents by the middle-person who speaks on behalf of the proposer. Sometimes, instead of Bakul Siah, wealthy Peranakans would use beautifully embroidered gilded pagoda trays. Beautiful! Indeed, just on the occasion of a wedding alone there is an array of very elaborate and interesting cultural practices so unique to this group of people!

    The Nonya Baba people have also evolved a special dialect for communication, which has incorporated words from the Chinese Hokkien dialect and the Malay Language. It will be sad if this unique culture were lost to posterity .

  5. Fong on Feb 18, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful culture with the world. The culture and traditions were slowly dying off but in recent times have seen a revival. It is good to see all these beautiful pictures of a grand culture. There have been very many books written of the Peranakans tracing their history from centuries ago from the Peranakans of Singapore to Malacca and Penang. All these are related to the Peranakans of Indonesia and Thailand specifically Phuket.

    Thank you again for this article bringing interest to the traditions and cultures of the Peranakan.

  6. Lucy Yap on Feb 16, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    There are still many people in Malaysia did not truly understand about the Baba Nyonya culture.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this beautiful information on the rich,colourful, unique and special heritage.
    May this beautiful culture be preserved and practiced by the younger generation and remain with us for a long time.

    Thank you Rinpoche.

  7. Pastor Shin on Feb 16, 2017 at 4:32 am

    Growing up in the melting pot of Malaysia, most of us would have experienced and shared another ethnic group’s culture to a certain extent. For many, we would be familiar with the variety of nyonya kuih, and perhaps had great moments watching Bibik Kim Neo on national TV in the 1990s. For those growing up in Penang, the distinctive taste of taste of Jeu Hoo Char (a finely shredded mixture of stir-fried carrots, onions, mushrooms, pork and cuttlefish), Nasi Kunyit, and Asam Laksa can’t be found anywhere else in the world.

    Thank you for this article featuring the unique culture of the Baba Nyonyas who adopted Malay customs and social practices while retaining Chinese traditions and religious beliefs, and also listing where we can experience what I think is one of the most significant legacy, Nyonya cuisine, as well as the museums. The older generation of Baba-Nyonya community had a very rich and unique culture, as well as refined and colourful characteristics. I highly recommend visits to the museums to see for yourself the architecure, clothing, things they own and use in their home to experience and get to know this unique culture.

  8. Joy Kam on Feb 16, 2017 at 1:18 am

    My mum was a Peranakan or best known as the Baba Nyonya ethnic mentioned here. Their customs is a fusion of the Malay and the Chinese customs which created many unique styles and fashion, they even spoke in Malay mixed with Hokkien and English, so it was in their own unique style. Only another peranakan would understand them. They spoke so fast like a bullet train, it was extremely hard to catch on and they were many slangs which we did not understand. All me and my sister knew was when my mother was really is pissy mood, she would start talking in Malay, and that’s when you know, you don’t want to mess with her.

    I guess the most unforgettable creations are their beautiful hand embroidery clothes and beaded shoes and of course let’s not forgetsome very unique and delicious food! Their cuisine is a dying art and I wish I had take the interest to learn from my mum and aunts when they were around. I was way too young then to cook and did not appreciate spicy food. All I know is to make any authentic Nyonya food, it take a whole day, sometimes some preparations starts as early as a day before because EVERYTHING literally must be made from scratch, that’s their secret and that is why they taste so extra special and delicious. No other Malaysian food can beat the Peranakan cuisine ursting with taste cooked in very refined style. Everything must be so precise, chopped up in specific ways, they would say ‘halus’ or finely cut/chopped.

    This is indeed a very interesting culture which I myself find quite amazing. This ethnic group is slowly disappearing as many of them marries other ethnics, so I’m not surprise one day this ethnic group will be gone, and along with it, their unique customs and style, unless it is well preserved now. Thank you for sharing it here, at least now some information about the Peranakan will be saved/preserved through this blog. Rinpoche’s blog is becoming more and more diverse and serves as an information hub! Thank you Rinpoche.

  9. Lin Mun on Feb 15, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this information about Baba and Nyonya. It is very interesting to learn about this cultural. I was born in Malacca and therefore have friends who are baba and nyonya. They speak fluent Malays but in other slang.

    I love they food especially the various nyonya kuihs. We in Malaysia are so fortunate to be able to experience and know so many people of different races and cultures.

  10. Anne Ong on Feb 15, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this beautiful write up on Baba and Nyoya culture. I find it very interesting because of the mixed marriage culture in the early days. And the delicious nyoya food and delicacies which my family also loves to cook. My beloved Grandma and Mum cooks wonderful nyonya food. And my uncle used to make and sell Nyoya kuih. Me and my sis Vivian used to help with his kuih business. Really miss his best nyoya kuih like ang ku,rempah udang,kuih kochi and so on. Mum loves to make Acar Awak and also made for Chinese New Year.

  11. Samfoonheei on Feb 15, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such a beautiful and informative article.It will help many to understand better of the history of Baba-Nyonya .The Baba Nyonyas have a very unique style of architecture that brings together Western and Eastern components,The community it self is also unique and rich in customs and traditions,There is so much to see and know of the varies location of places of interests.example.. Heritage Museum Straits Chinese Jewellery Museum both in Malacca and Pinang Peranakan Mansion in Penang.
    The traditional clothing of the Baba Nyonya includes the Baju Kurung is just as beautiful as our Chinese traditional Cheongsum which i love wearing it.

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    Every year, during the first and seventh months of the Chinese lunar calendar, the Wealth God temple in Kampung Perting and the Indian temples in Bentong organise processions of the Taoist and Hindu deities in Bentong town. Mediums of these gods take trance and walk together with their devotees, blessing the public along the streets. To show the presence of the gods in trance, some of the mediums pierced their cheeks with long metal skewers throughout the event. This has been a tradition of Bentong for many years. As the mediums walked by during the recent procession, without being prompted or told, the mediums in trance of the gods themselves purposely stopped and paid homage to Dorje Shugden while passing the Bigfoot store.

    Similarly to human being, the gods and local deities need blessings too. They want to be liberated from Samsara and they know Dorje Shugden can guide them towards enlightenment. There is no doubt Dorje Shugden is an enlightened being and his compassion is for all sentient beings.

    http://bit.ly/Homage2DS
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  • Yee Yin
    Sunday, May 19. 2019 09:27 PM
    Due to rapid development and progress, environmental issues such as air pollution have become a big challenge in China. Contrary to what the world has been saying about China, we do see that China has already invested in and embarked on environmental protection initiatives since the 1960s, before it opened its door to the world. Clearly, China has not disregarded the importance of environmental protection in the course of its development and growth.

    http://bit.ly/480MilTrees
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  • Yee Yin
    Sunday, May 19. 2019 09:10 PM
    This story is very inspiring. Some people just do what they think is right with sincerity, not because they want to be praised or recognised. Mr. Jadav Payeng is one of those people. His compassion for the snakes has motivated him to plant one tree sapling every day by the bank of the world largest river island, Majuli.

    40 years later, Majuli is covered by a forest stretches over 500 hectares over the barren lands of Majuli island and many wild lives are found living here again. I believe Mr. Jadav has never dreamed of getting recognition or hoped that someone will notice his work one day. His passion and love for the mother nature and animals are very touching. How many of us really consider other beings as part of our ecosystem and take them into consideration?

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/forest-man-of-india-%E5%8D%B0%E5%BA%A6%E6%A3%AE%E6%9E%97%E4%B9%8B%E5%AD%90
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  • Sofi
    Sunday, May 19. 2019 05:48 PM
    480 Million Trees | 四百八十万棵树

    China’s conservation goal to reduce air pollution in their northern city, Beijing has proven effective with the planting of trees. Now 57 years later, we can see the visible results of her grand plan in the forest that thrived where desert used to be.

    Read more here: http://bit.ly/480MilTrees
  • Pastor Lanse
    Sunday, May 19. 2019 04:26 PM
    当这组植树先锋抵达塞罕坝这片寸草不生的沙地时,他们也曾经质疑植树的可能性。但当他们看到一棵屹立在沙地之中的两百岁松树时,他们内心的希望油然而生,看似不可能的任务由此展开。 http://bit.ly/480MilTrees
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Sunday, May 19. 2019 02:32 PM
    This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
  • nicholas
    Sunday, May 19. 2019 09:59 AM
    These signs and marks are said to appear only on the body of someone who is exemplary because they denote the inner qualities of that person. Furthermore, it is also a sign that this person or being can leave imprints in the minds of others to achieve those very same qualities. When we study and understand the meaning behind these marks, we come to the realisation that they serve as reminders of the qualities that we should practise in our daily lives on our path to spiritual perfection. Not only do the Buddhas teach the Dharma verbally, but even their bodies are used as roadmaps to enlightenment itself.

    Read more here: https://bit.ly/2PFgIGM
  • nicholas
    Sunday, May 19. 2019 09:54 AM
    Ucchusma is unique as she is the female form of Bhurkumkuta. The phenomenon of having male and female manifestations of the same Buddha is relatively rare. Her practice can be found in the Rinjung Gyatsa collection of sadhanas and she is particularly powerful and effective to purify defilements of the mind, deluded minds, negative thinking, broken promises and the resultant karma, illness, faulty memory, memory issues, body pollution and negative energy.

    There are some information compile including some short practices for those who would like to learn more.

    Check out here: https://bit.ly/2U5Arm9
  • nicholas
    Sunday, May 19. 2019 09:51 AM
    Each Dalai Lama is a unique individual, they have been philosophers, builders and even poets, and as each is revered as a Bodhisattva who possess great mystical powers and can incarnate life after life, every Dalai Lama has great potential to benefit many beings by disseminating Buddhism and safeguarding his fellow countrymen. This can be seen clearly as His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama has been a charismatic global spiritual teacher whose teachings are timeless and translated into many languages.

    However, not all is well in paradise. When each incarnation is recognised, the successor will inherit the position, fame, and estates of his predecessor. As such, as highlighted in Mike Dash’s article featured in smithsonian.com, the selection of the Dalai Lamas is never a straightforward and purely religious process. You will read about the politics and power struggles surrounding the selection process, insights into the tragic loss as the lives of the Dalai Lamas were cut short due to political intrigue, and most of all, the key events that shaped Tibetan history.

    Read more: https://bit.ly/2US6LEB
  • Pastor Lanse
    Saturday, May 18. 2019 10:26 AM
    在最近一次的众神出游期间,已经被神明降乩的乩童在无需提醒或告知的情况下,在经过文冬野人精品店时刻意停下,并向多杰雄登敬礼。这些神明这样做,是让多杰雄登可以给予他们加持,让他们死后能够投生在一个能够修持佛法和得到解脱的地方。

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/local-gods-in-trance-pay-homage-to-dorje-shugden-in-bentong
  • nicholas
    Saturday, May 18. 2019 10:02 AM
    New Dorje Shugden Chapel in Seremban’s N-Nine Food Court

    Good news! Rejoice for Mr Kent Kok, Mr Hee, Mr Jeffrey Khor, CK Siah have just completed setting up a new Dorje Shugden chapel next to Seremban’s newly renovated N-Nine Food Court.

    Check out: https://bit.ly/2VHihI5
  • nicholas
    Saturday, May 18. 2019 09:51 AM
    The article below by Kelli Bender, as featured in PEOPLE.com, is about courage. It tells a heart-warming story of a gutsy cow named Bonnie who managed to escape its doomed fate from a slaughterhouse and lived for eight months in the woods with a herd of deer before being rescued. Thus, proving to us that animals too have feelings, and if given a chance they would rather not be the object of human consumption. May the story of Bonnie’s bravery inspire many to develop love and respect for animals. We must stop hurting them, using them and eating them. I am grateful to the people at Farm Sanctuary for rescuing Bonnie and I hope more people will support them in their compassionate works. Please visit their website.

    Read more: https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
  • Yee Yin
    Saturday, May 18. 2019 01:53 AM
    This child is extraordinary, at such a young age, he can play guitar so well. There is no other explanation except he must have brought the talent from his previous lives. This is what we call ‘imprint’ in Buddhism.

    All the material things that we possess, we cannot bring them with us to our next life. Whether we are a billionaire or someone who is broke, there is nothing physical we can bring along with us when we die. What we bring along with us when we die is our karma, our habituation and our personality.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/yuto-miyazawa-the-guitar-prodigy.htm
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  • Chris
    Friday, May 17. 2019 09:31 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and the blog team for sharing this blog post. It is an interesting blog post that reveals to us the true identity of Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden is a fully enlightened Buddha which means he is above all the gods. The gods will pay respect to him when they meet him to gain his blessings.

    This is one of the evidence of Dorje Shugden being enlightened in nature. Since all of us can’t see the true nature of the being, it is best for us to refer to incidents like this. From the video, we can see clearly that the gods paid respect to Dorje Shugden when they pass by the altar.

    Gods are sentient beings too and they will too die when their karma comes. They also need blessings from Dorje Shugden to plant imprints in them so that they eventually they can become enlightened.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/local-gods-in-trance-pay-homage-to-dorje-shugden-in-bentong
  • Yee Yin
    Friday, May 17. 2019 08:17 PM
    Tofu is a traditional food in China, every Chinese knows what tofu is and it is one of the most common dishes in Chinese cuisine. These days, not only Chinese eat tofu, but westerners especially those on a vegetarian diet are also very fond of tofu. Let’s see how different tofu are prepared in different countries.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/food-recipes/%E4%B8%AD%E5%9B%BD%E8%B1%86%E8%85%90%E7%9A%84%E9%A5%AE%E9%A3%9F%E6%96%87%E5%8C%96%E5%B7%AE%E5%BC%82%E4%B8%8E%E8%9E%8D%E5%90%88.html
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This poor boy is being forced to leave his friend to be sold for slaughter. Children have a natural connection with animals, and they know it is wrong to hurt and kill them. Children lose this connection by being indoctrinated (brainwashed) by their parents/peers into believing animals are here to be exploited, killed, and eaten.- from Lucinda Smyth FB page
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    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
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    Cute baby owl found and rescued
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    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
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    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
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    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    Trijang Rinpoche never gave up his devotion to Dorje Shugden no matter how much Tibetan government in exile pressured him to give up. He stayed loyal inspiring so many of us.
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    Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This bigfoot researcher gives good reasonings on bigfoot. Interesting short video.
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    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
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    5 months ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
  • Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
    6 months ago
    Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
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    Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
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    Living off the grid in Australia
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    Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
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    My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
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    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
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    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
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    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
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    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
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    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
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    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
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    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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