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The neighbourhood spirit mediums :: Features :: Around Town :: Time Out Singapore:

The neighbourhood spirit mediums :: Features :: Around Town :: Time Out Singapore:

In a small temple behind an Outram HDB flat on a Thursday night, a half-dressed man wearing floral-patterned bright pink trousers is ejecting a thick stream of bile from his body as his face contorts in pain. Afterwards, he dons a lime-green bib and a dummy as he rocks, prostrates himself, paws at the floor and lets his head roll around on his shoulders like someone suffering a particularly disturbing acid trip. This is Jacky Tan, the Taoist spirit medium at the Xuanjiang Temple on Silat Road, and he’s going through the complex process of readying his body to be occupied by the child god Shan Cai Tong Zi, just one of a bewildering number of Taoist deities. Tan’s spitting and vomiting is meant to purify his body before the rest of the process, which involves lying face down in front of an altar of the Jade Emperor, whom Taoists consider highest in the pantheon of gods. When...

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