Shou Fen

1974 , Singapore (Other)

Documentary identifying the rituals associated with ancestor worship practiced by the ethnic Chinese in Singapore, including footage of a funeral procession.

Film identifying the rituals practiced by the ethnic Chinese residents of Singapore in connection with their traditional belief in ‘immortality after the grave’. The film includes a voice-over commentary provided by Peter Wilberforce Smith, during which he notes that ‘people take great care to protect themselves and deceased relatives from the dangers of downgrading in the next life’. Shots include: dioramas in the Ten Courts of Hell attraction in the Tiger Balm Garden [Haw Par Villa Dragon World]; street scenes in Singapore; a hillside graveyard; paper tokens to ease life in other world for sale on stalls outside temples; an incinerator at a temple, in which paper tokens are burnt; close shots of paper tokens and the construction of tokens which will be burnt; undertakers at work in the traditional funeral quarters of Pickering Street and Sago Lane; a man standing next to a coffin; a coffin in the street being dressed with decorations for a funeral; a funeral procession; the chief and paid mourners in a funeral procession; men on stilts; the final procession in the cemetery, including a shot of the chief mourner carrying a blue lantern; the coffin being carried on poles to its final resting place.

Featured Buildings

Tiger Balm Garden [Haw Par Villa Dragon World], Singapore Ten Courts of Hell, Tiger Balm Garden [Haw Par Villa Dragon World], Singapore Pickering Street, Singapore [possibly] Sago Lane, Singapore [possibly] Singapore Buddhist Federation Cemetery

Keywords

Documentary; Singapore; Ethnic Chinese; Funerals; Ancestor worship; Mourning; Undertakers; Afterlife: Geomancers; Graveyards; Coffins

  • Maker : Beryl E Wilberforce Smith

Manifestations

Shou Fen

  • Barcode
    INV353096
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    MP4 H264 digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:12:33
    Modification Date
    08/10/2015
    Parts
    Reference
    738994
  • Barcode
    INV348754
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    MP4 H264 digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:12:33
    Modification Date
    08/10/2015
    Parts
    Reference
    738920
  • Barcode
    INV331536
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    MP4 H264 digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:12:33
    Modification Date
    08/10/2015
    Parts
    Reference
    738847
  • Barcode
    INV350422
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    DV digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:12:03
    Modification Date
    11/06/2015
    Parts
    Reference
    737923
  • Barcode
    INV376750
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    DV digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:07:40
    Modification Date
    10/06/2015
    Parts
    Reference
    737876
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV361639
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    master digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:12:03
    Modification Date
    26/05/2015
    Parts
    Reference
    737794
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV396518
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    master digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:07:40
    Modification Date
    22/05/2015
    Parts
    Reference
    737792
  • Barcode
    INV393691
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    wav digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    1:10:58
    Modification Date
    14/04/2015
    Parts
    Reference
    737637
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV199289
    Canonical Identifier
    8
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Details
    Carrier Type
    audiospool tape
    Identifier
    Modification Date
    07/09/2010
    Parts
    Reference
    690778
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV249548
    Canonical Identifier
    940
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Details
    Carrier Type
    standard8 film
    Colour System
    colour
    Colour Type
    colour
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:12:00
    Has Image
    Y
    Has Sound
    Y
    Identifier
    Image Polarity
    pos
    Modification Date
    03/08/2010
    Parts
    Reference
    685910
    Sound
    sound
    Sound System
    mag stripe
  • Award:
    • Group 1:
      • Note: Awards (data migration 25/06/2021): Movie Maker Ten Best Film Competition, Three Stars, 1974; Institute of Amateur Cinematographers International Film Competition, Certificate of Merit, 1974.

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