Despite of the fact that Chinese culture is often associated to the character of the Moon, cold, silverly, sleep lover, calm…everytime i visit a modern temple in HK the sensations revealed are just the opposite: tryumphing in colors, energetic, strong, hot! You may get even dizzy by literally swimming into a rainbow of colors and attractions just like in an entertainment park!
Welcome to Kwun Yam shrine, a buddhist site situated on a eastside beach in town since the beginning of Seventies. Most of the statues follow the mosaic tecnique and dress themselves with brilliant colors. Look at the golden fish! He is watched out by three fluffy innocent goats that a child would love to ride and climb up on the horns for sure; everthing happens under the benevolent look of a robust Wise master.
I did not shooted all of the monuments being some of their faces quite terrifying and weird, therefore i am just offering you a panorama of what really caught my attention while basking into this glorious sunshine on Sunday, half lost with a couple of other friends in the crowd with mainlanders pouring and pouring in from touristic buses.
Of course the main character here is Kwun Yam, the eternal symbol of chastity and purity although poor lady was bestowed with swastika decorations drawn in the opposite way (like the one used by Hitler). She is a real Mother and believed to be the protector from all the dangers far away at the horizon. Is she protecting Hong Kong?
She is grand, her impressive figure striking against the modern skyscrapers in the back at one of the most chic marine areas.
Her face shaped like a full moon, Purnima.
I was thrilled like when we go to Ocean Park. It s exciting to know that spirituality has some nuances of blast within, like a bursting laugh or an erupting volcano. It is not always carried along pure white wings or zen materials.
Morever this blast is enjoyed by careful silent eyes of colorless statues. I loved the way many lady figures were scattered here and there, simple busts in smooth grey stone with nice hair styles nd cute cheeks too…They are witnessing that plyfulness in spirituality, the absurdity of the game and the beauty of the drama… Sometimes they give you their backshoulders, sometimes they smile, sometimes they seem serious. They all come alive!
To conclude the visit, my favourite matching colors in a classic animal scene on Chinese talavera: