Peh Bak Bai

(1st Version in Hokkien)

Ang Kong Sai

Peh Bak Bai

Bo Lang Chnia

Kar Ki Lai

.

(1st Version in English)

God’s Medium (holy men)

With white eye brows

No one invited you

Yet you came!

.

(2nd Version in Hokkien)

Thor Tay Kong

Peh Bak Bai

Bo Lang Chnia

Kar Ki Lai

.

(2nd Version in English)

God of Earth (a deity)

With white eye brows

No one invited you

Yet you came!

.

About this rhyme:~

“Peh Bak Bai” or “White Eye Brows” speaks about gatecrashers. The Thor Tay Kong or “God of Earth” as expressed in the second version is one of the many revered deities that a practicing Taoist believed in..

The author/owner has compiled for record, a collection of early Hokkien sayings, proverbs, rhymes and ditties to capture the essence and spirit of his hoi polloi, a community originating from the southern province of Fujian, China where individuals climbed aboard bum boats, crossing the South China Sea to settle in faraway lands to escape the brewing civil unrest and a way out from hardship carrying along with them in their journey, nothing except their trademark ponytails and their beliefs, very much rooted in Confucianism. These ditties retell their story and their lifestyle way back then so that the younger generation can gain an insight and foothold to their origin..

.

.

.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s