Monday, March 24, 2008

Malaysia's Snake Temple

asia free zoneIf you will hear it the first time, you may think that it's a temple that is designed like a cobra, or snakes of different kinds lie in this temple , much worse, they adore and worship snakes. Snake Temple lived up to its name. In fact, pit vipers (without venoms) of different kinds are present in the temple along with burning incense and statues of Gods and Deities honored in the temple.

asia free zoneThe temple was built to honor the deity Chor Soo Kong. He was a Buddhist monk who lives an ascetic life in the mountains and gives free medical services for the poor. When a drought struck the town of Qing-Xi in Fujian, his prayers did miracles saving the town. It was believed that after his temple was built, snakes swarmed in but they are tamed by Cheng-Swee_Zu_Shi and whoever visits the temple isn't attacked by snakes.

asia free zoneAs of today, another hall was added in order to honor the Goddess of Mercy Kuan Yin. It is located at the back of the original facade. Visitors are still warned to handle snakes because even they are de-venomized, they still got their fangs. You can get there by riding public transportation like bus.

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