Induism in HongKong – 5



For the next post in this series, we will cover on the threads. Yes! A thread!

A thread is known for sewing a garment or tying up something. And it’s quite surprising on the level of influence and significance it holds up in the Hindu religion.

Be it a holy sacred thread (poonol in tamil) worn by people of many castes and communities, tying up the thread in hand to ward off evil forces, blessing threads and tying them off from yagas and nombu and finally tying the good old thread in sealing the deal of a marriage! The same thread carries no significant meaning when tying up flowers, however it is risen to a godly status when soaked in turmeric paste and used as mangalsutra! 🙂

It is just threads, threads everywhere from the birth to the death of an Hindu household. Men mostly wear the holy thread on their right wrist and women on their left. We could probably do a thesis on just this topic alone. The great Lord Arthanareeswaran who gave way for the gender equality by giving away half of his body (left side) to his wife. Again, when we take Palmistry, left palm is considered for female and right for male!

1. The knotted thread:
Visit any good old Hindu temple in India and you can see the trees covered by threads which are knotted. People tie a thread/piece of cloth etc., to a branch of a tree and this signifies that the problem is sealed from the individual’s point of view and left to the Gods to solve. The same concept works in Mudi Kayuru (knotted thread) as well. This attempts to put a full stop to the problem that some one is facing. Well! The same knotted approach for the same purpose in Hong Kong as well.

Sacred thread

2. Wish threads:
Well! If someone can put a stop to a problem you are having, then some one should be responsible for fulfilling your wish as well right? 😉 That’s where the wish threads come in place. Again, visit any temple in India, you can find small cradles, set of stones, wish placards written and hung in a tree. Well! The same approach of a wishing tree exists in Hong Kong as well!

Wish tree

This brings in a lot of questions:
1. How can a thread attain powers? What is it in the thread that can hold on to power (=energy)?
2. How can one transmit divine or any form of energy into a thread?
3. Is it only cotton thread or can it even be woolen or nylon thread?
4. Why do we dismiss on a point that a thread can ward off evil and still believe that contacting an electrified thread can cost our life?
5. How do we test if a thread has life or not? Any form of energy should have an expiry date right? And isn’t that the same reason why we rejuvenate temples?

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