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The Last Handmade Taoist Statue Shop in Singapore


Hundreds of Taoist deities were all born here, at the last store in Singapore that still makes these statues by hand. Meet the last family in Singapore that’s still in the business of handcrafting Taoist effigies. Although Taoism does not specifically idolize one god in practice, the philosophy involves worshipping many deities, all of whom are subject to the Tao. Here’s how they’re made. Upon commission, the family uses a tongshu or Chinese almanac, to find the most auspicious dates to start and finish the work. Then, a block of wood is carved in the image of the deity. A special dough made from a secret family recipe is then applied with bamboo sticks to make symbolic motifs, like peonies, chrysanthemums, and dragons. Then, the deity is gilded and painted. Finally, it’s given one of 30 different eyebrow styles. The art of sculpting has been passed down for generations in the family. A livelihood based on spirits and gods might seem peculiar in modern-day Singapore, but it didn’t stop Grandma Tan from learning the craft. Once a week, Tze Yong and his brother learn the family craft from their dad and grandmother. To grow this community, Tze Yong has created a new vision for his family’s business, offering tours and redesigning the effigies to appeal to a secular audience. If you enjoyed this video, we’ve got a lot more stories about Chinese gods, traditions, and preserving old culture on Goldthread.

Otis Rodgers

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26 COMMENTS

  1. Loreng&Irene Posted on March 19, 2019 at 2:04 am

    That's creative indeed…the talent pass through generations…

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  2. Glory Jammula Posted on March 19, 2019 at 2:06 am

    Really amazing to see this awesome craft 😊

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  3. Leanne Posted on March 19, 2019 at 2:27 am

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  4. perriwinkle love Posted on March 19, 2019 at 2:28 am

    I want to learn too😍✨✨

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  6. Nou Vang Posted on March 19, 2019 at 7:36 am

    The details on the sculptures are just astonishing! Wow!

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  7. Lani Bee Posted on March 19, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    The effort in making these 💚

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  8. Monica Longoria Posted on March 19, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    I wish I was talented like that!!

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  11. Slavic Savior Posted on March 22, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    The old woman looked like the statues of the angry diety. Lmao

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  12. Yume Chxn Posted on March 23, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    So this is like Confucianism and Daoism right?

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  13. Giorgia Bien Posted on March 26, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    You have wide variety of contents! I'm loving this channel! <3<3<3

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  14. Men Bu Nigo Posted on March 26, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    Hey I can break ur Gods with one strike so will that make me ur god?

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  15. TrinkBruder Posted on March 26, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    What do you think of Dudeism?

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  16. Kylin Posted on March 27, 2019 at 4:54 am

    I'll definitely have to buy some when I'm in Singapore

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  17. Joseph Essilfie Posted on March 29, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    Isn't it Foolishness?. you make a god with your hands and fall down and worship it.
    Something that can't see, hear or walk, do you trust such a thing to help you?
    Why don't you put your Trust in the Lord God who created all things. Please Google amazingfacts.org and learn something better than that which can give you ETERNAL LIFE.

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  18. Quang Lam Posted on March 31, 2019 at 2:26 am

    Statues of all gods in any religion are made by people and their hands as well as those of virgin Mary or Jesus and we all worship and pray to our own culture and believes no one god is greater or do better goods than other ones. All religions teach to do good, it is up to the individual to carry and spread the believe.

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  19. RBR Sridhar Posted on March 31, 2019 at 9:17 am

    I never used apple product…
    I really want to see how it works..
    I hope i will win

    I'm the winner ……….😵😵

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  20. Britney Meyers Posted on April 6, 2019 at 6:23 am

    Very interesting and beautiful 💘

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  21. Kenny Kk Posted on May 18, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    There is also Buddhist deity’s

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  22. PQX Posted on July 22, 2019 at 2:37 am

    Where is The place

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  23. Jhfhdhd Dhhdh Posted on August 10, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    Where can i find this store in singapore?

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  24. Xavier Paolo Ledesma Mandreza Posted on August 30, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    I like this video too it’s nice to see how the Taoist Community is flourishing in Singapore I really wish it could be the same here in the Philippines. A Taoist like myself couldn’t worship as openly as we want to. 🙏

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