figure (ritual & belief: representations)

Painted wooden figure of Hua Guang Dai di, the Great Emperor of Bright Light, also known as the God of Fire. He is depicted clean-shaven and has a third true-seeing eye in the middle of his forehead, holding a pyramid-shaped block of gold in his right hand and sitting on a horse-shoe back armchair with stylised dragon handles. His robe is mainly white, with a green belt and red trim along the edge where it crosses his chest. The robe has a yellow epaulette on right shoulder beneath blue collar. The hat has red flat brim at front with higher yellow part behind.

Labels: Two Church Missionary Society labels.

Hua Guang is regarded as a powerful protector from demons and protects the whole community rather than individuals. In Cantonese communities, he is the patron of goldsmiths and silversmiths, of scaffolding workers and of incense and funeral paper shops.

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