Saturday, December 24, 2005

Yi Lie Miao 义烈庙

Yi Lie Beo (in Hokkien) or Yi Lie Miao's 义烈庙 main Deity is Kor Ma Niu Niu (in Hokkien) or Gu Ma Niang Niang 姑妈娘娘 in Mandarin. The other Deity of this temple is Ji Guan Shuey or Er Lu Yuan Shuai 二路元帥.

After the second world war, the Lau (in Mandarin, Liu, 刘) clan brought the statue and "joss-fire" of Kor Ma over to Singapore. It was said that the first shrine or sintua was set up at a pre-war house (No.16?) at Craig Road until urban renewal caused it to move. After a few moves, it is now settled somewhere in Telok Blangah Crescent.

Kor Ma Niu Niu is the patron saint of the Lau Clan, probably from Hui An 惠安, Fujian, China. From a long time devotee of this temple, he said that Kor Ma Niu Niu was the patron saint in his village, known as Mung Bei or Feng Wei 蜂尾.

Each year, on the 17th of the 11th Lunar Month, this temple celebrates the birthday of Kor Ma Niu Niu.

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