George Henry Brown, a trader with the British East India company, in India, came to Singapore in 1847 and built his abode at Mount Pleasant, not far from Bukit Brown. I am not sure if he struck out successfully or whether he became a very influential person, but the name Bukit Brown caught on and stuck on. At some point of time, this land was purchased by Wee Hee and then by a Chettiar (originating from Chettinad area of India and mostly engaging as money lenders who typically lent money for mortgages). Then it was eventually bought over by 3 brothers (they were not actual brothers, but they belonged to the same Ong clan). They created the Hokkien Ong clan in Singapore and their vision was to have a place where the living could reside and the departed ancestors could be buried, including those from the poorer sections of the Ong clan.
Things of interest to be seen here:
1. Cavity painted red: if you see closely, there is a small oval cavity on the (when viewed as seen) right, which contains a picture of the deceased. On the left, there is a vacant cavity. That implies that space was catered for his wife to join him eventually, but in the end she was not buried here.
2. Brace of Spirits: there are two moss covered figures, facing each other, said to be the Jade Maiden and the Golden Boy. It should be noted that, standing with the back to the grave, all males occupy the left and all females occupy the right. By the same distinction, the gentleman is buried to the left and space for his wife to the right (when imagining with the back to the grave).
3. Earth God: at the left, partly hidden by the lioness, is an altar dedicated to the Earth God. When descendants of the buried visit the grave, they typically light incense sticks to the Earth God, to denote gratitude that the deity allowed the grave to be tracked and accessed by the living.
4. Guardian Lions: again, the lioness will always occupy the position on the right (she is depicted with one paw over a cub) and the lion will always occupy the position on the left (he is depicted with a paw on a globe, representing the world).
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