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photoblog image Melaka Maritime Museum 2

Melaka Maritime Museum 2

Seen at the section depicting various sailing vessels. This particular one is a typical Chinese trading ship of the previous centuries. There were many legends about boat needing eyes. The Chinese believed that every boat needs eyes to safely bring itself and its crew back to port in heavy weather. Some believed that the all-seeing eyes on a boat ward off demons.

Melaka Maritime Museum 2

Seen at the section depicting various sailing vessels. This particular one is a typical Chinese trading ship of the previous centuries. There were many legends about boat needing eyes. The Chinese believed that every boat needs eyes to safely bring itself and its crew back to port in heavy weather. Some believed that the all-seeing eyes on a boat ward off demons.

comments (14)

A wonderful shot Ayush and a really interesting write up.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 27 Jan 2013, 01:46
Excellent image, Ayush.

The seeing boats are a recurring theme throughout Asia...I even saw them on vessels in Nepal, which is ocean-free.
this is a nice image Ayush... thanks for the history about the all-seeing eyes on the front of the ships... they make sense to me....petersmile
Very interesting post.
I love how you've photographed this Ayush! Wonderful!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 27 Jan 2013, 07:40
It's coming straight at us - duck!
I like those kind of sails. Great angle and interesting info Ayush
Excellent. Just popping out of the image!
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet
  • 28 Jan 2013, 01:14
I am always up for a good legend Ayush so I am all in favour of ships' eyes.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 28 Jan 2013, 07:33
Delightful POV, Ayush!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 28 Jan 2013, 10:54
Many other nationalities also favoured a painted eye on a boat, for some reason. What a world it was, a dollop of paint could make a wooden ship 'see'...
  • Anupam
  • Netherlands
  • 28 Jan 2013, 13:28
very interesting shot..
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 29 Jan 2013, 13:50
I have a feeling that the northern Vikings did this too, Ayush - I must read up about it in my Vikings book
Striking pictue, Ayush. I've seen eyes painted on boats in Portugal, for the same sort of reasons.

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