Hu Paper (Chinese Talisman) as A Medium Healing

Authors

  • Celerina Dewi Hartati Universitas Darma Persada

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.32734/tmh.v1i1.7183

Keywords:

Chinese talisman, Spirit medium, Ceremony, Chinese talisman, Spirit medium, Ceremony, Medium healing

Abstract

Amulet paper in Chinese culture is known as hu / fu 符paper.  It can serve as a means of healing. This amulet paper can mean healing because it is changed from something ordinary or profane to sacred through a ceremony performed by a spirit medium (tangsin). When God enters the body of the spirit medium through trance, the spirit medium performs a ritual such as slash the tongue. With the spirit medium's blood, he wrote this amulet paper. The paper then has a sacred function as medicine. This research is an ethnographic study with a case study at Hok Lay Kiong Bekasi temple during the Capgomeh ceremony and the God's birthday ceremony. The hu paper has so far been better known as a means of obtaining good fortune and luck. Through this paper, we can see Hian Thian Siang Tee’s amulet paper at Hok Lay Kiong Temple as a medium healing in Chinese society and see the changing function from something profane to sacred thing.

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Published

2021-09-08