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Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi - 5

There are two statues of turbaned watchmen at the temple, a sign of Indian influence, very interesting to my eyes as this is not seen in almost any other Chinese temple I visited. 

Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi - 5

There are two statues of turbaned watchmen at the temple, a sign of Indian influence, very interesting to my eyes as this is not seen in almost any other Chinese temple I visited. 

comments (19)

That is interesting, indeed! I like this statue, and your angle for the photo!
Ayush Basu: There are three reasons offered to explain why they were employed in the security function - they were Sikh (hence they were bearded and turbaned which inspired a more mature and authoritative bearing), they on an average were/are taller and physically larger compared to other Asians, and lastly they are culturally associated with tales of valour and extreme determination in the face of odds. The British Army had a Sikh Regiment and the Indian Army still has one, Elizabeth.
Interesting and I like the textures in the sculpture.
Ayush Basu: I am pleased with your response then, Michael.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 27 Aug 2017, 05:15
Jolie statue bien réalisée.
Ayush Basu: I like it too, Martine. Merci
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 27 Aug 2017, 06:26
Nothing Chinese about him is there Ayush
Ayush Basu: Not in the least, Chris.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Aug 2017, 06:58
Not something I would expect to see. either.
Ayush Basu: You have a point there, Alan.
Une très belle prise de vue , cette statue est superbe ..Bonne journée
Ayush Basu: Thank you, Claudine. I wish you a pleasant weekend.
  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 27 Aug 2017, 07:18
Yes...very interesting, Ayush.

There is no question that Indian and Chinese influence overlapped in Burma, Malaya Singapore and Thailand over the last several hundred years.
Ayush Basu: I can imagine him discharging his duties with a fierce countenance, Ray.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 27 Aug 2017, 07:42
What a great point of view and indeed two cultures here....Love the man's face.
Ayush Basu: I agree. Testament to skill of the sculptor, Astrid.
Most unusual to have something like that on a Chinese temple!
Ayush Basu: There are three reasons offered to explain why they were employed in the security function - they were Sikh (hence they were bearded and turbaned which inspired a more mature and authoritative bearing), they on an average were/are taller and physically larger compared to other Asians, and lastly they are culturally associated with tales of valour and extreme determination in the face of odds. The British Army had a Sikh Regiment and the Indian Army still has one, Tom.
There must be a story behind this Ayush
Ayush Basu: Yes, I suppose I should have put it in the main text already, Bill. There are three reasons offered to explain why they were employed in the security function - they were Sikh (hence they were bearded and turbaned which inspired a more mature and authoritative bearing), they on an average were/are taller and physically larger compared to other Asians, and lastly they are culturally associated with tales of valour and extreme determination in the face of odds. The British Army had a Sikh Regiment and the Indian Army still has one.
Good p.o.v.Ayush, and interesting info' also.
Ayush Basu: Thank you, Frank. Pleased with your remark.
I've read your lengthy reply to Bill etc.and any of those might be the reason for this.
Ayush Basu: Indeed they could, Brian. And also there are sometimes exceptions. Thank you for the comment, Brian.
We have a sizeable Sikh population in Malaysia. I can't speak Punjabi, but I know 2 phrases in Tamil. Ha!

Can you speak Punjabi, Malayali or Tamil?
Ayush Basu: Nope, I do not know any Punjabi, Malayali or Tamil, LC.
Our sikhs did make for fierce soldiers, Ayush... smile Nice capture and nice find... smile
Ayush Basu: Yes, Sudipto, I agree. Thank you.
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 28 Aug 2017, 02:02
I love the composition with this strong character watching guard over the fence. Well done
Ayush Basu: Thank you, Beth.
Indian influence in China? Of course, Ayush!!!
Ayush Basu: People have been getting around since a long time, Ginnie. Thank you.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 28 Aug 2017, 08:01
Perhaps real Indians were used to guard the temple in times past, Ayush
Ayush Basu: That is indeed correct, Lisl, although not all of them had Sikh statues.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 28 Aug 2017, 11:00
Sikh guards can't be very functional, when they are cut from stone - but the real ones ...
Ayush Basu: Good point, Louis. I am reminded that one of our neighbours had a sign on his perimeter wall saying "Beware of dog" with the picture of a ferocious dog. I knew that they actually had a rather amiable pomeranian.smile
Alert, indeed...
Ayush Basu: And stern too, Larry.

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