June 24, 2008

260807 中元节 Hungry Ghosts Festival - 5 一殿秦广王

十殿冥王 Shi Dian Ming Wang, the ten Kings of Hell, are 'judges' who preside over courts that mete out punishment for different types of sins. The wording on the paintings are written from right to left, & in 繁體字 traditional style characters. Poor quality of the following photos are due to the thickness of incense smoke within the closed up tent, & lack of light (not too polite to use flash photography in hell?) & tripod.

"一殿秦廣王" - 秦广王 King Qin Guang is in charge of the 第一殿 first court:


Hei Wu Chang (bottom left) chains up & brings the souls of all who have sinned to this court:


Severity of the punishment depends on the sins committed, & one who has done as much good as bad may be sent directly to the tenth court where (s)he will be reborn. One's sins are all reflected in the 孽镜台 Nie Jing Tai (Mirror of Consequence of Sin?):


"二殿楚江王" - 楚江王 King Chu Jiang oversees the 第二殿 second court, which deals with murderers:


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