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Thaipusam Festival, Batu Caves 2015

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3 February 2015 | Murugan Temple, Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia.

A Series of Documentary
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© 2015 Mahfuz Jaffar
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Wikipedia: Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (January/February).

The word Thaipusam is a combination of the name of the month, Thai, and the name of a star, Pusam. This particular star is at its highest point during the festival. The festival commemorates the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a Vel “spear” so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman.

Soorapadman (also known as Soorapadam), was an asura. He was the son of the rishi Kashyapa and an asura princess, Maya, who illusively enchanted Kashyapa into marrying her. He, and his two other brothers, were said to have received a boon from Lord Shiva that protected him from death in the hands of beings apart from a Being manifested from Lord Shiva Himself.

This, he believed would grant him immortality. As such, he began tormenting all the good souls of the universe. Enraged with his actions, Lord Siva is said to have created Lord Murugan (thus creating a new deity, who would be exempt from the boon) from the flames emanating from his Third Eye on his forehead (symbolizing the eye of wisdom). Receiving the vel (lance) from Lord Siva’s consort, Parvathi, Lord Murugan set forward to defeat Soorapadman.

On the fifth day of Kandha Sasthi, Soorapadman, comes to see Lord Murugan and is shown the Vishwaroopam. Only Soorapadman and Arjuna from the Mahabharata have seen a Vishwaroopam and are consided to be very lucky to have witnessed one. Having conceded defeat at the hands of Murugan, Soorapadman remembered that he was of the Asura clan, and as such he would not surrender.

As such he faced the son of Shiva nonetheless in battle and was defeated. As a last stand when all his illusions had failed him, Soorapadman became a mango tree in hope of escaping death at the hands of young Lord Kandha. His illusion was brought to light, when with the Sri Vel, Lord Murugan split the tree in two. One half became the peacock,that is Lord Murugan’s vahanam (vehicle) the other half became the cockerel that is on the Lord’s flag.

There is a misconception among people that Thaipusam marks Murugan’s birthday; however, it is believed that Vaikhasi Vishakam, which falls in the Vaikhasi month (May/June), is Murugan’s birthday.

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Kuda Kepang: Satu Dokumentari Perjuangan Seni dan Budaya

Irama Perjuangan

dengungan gong,
memuja semangat jiwa,
dalam tarian perang,
yang lembut tapi berbisa,
menari lah jiwa,
tatkala irama perjuangan mulai di dendang,
kita bangkit dalam rumpun bangsa,
adalah irama dari tanah nusantara.

jatuh bangun,
bangkit dalam kesakitan,
di hina di cerca,
besabarlah jiwa,
pukulan gendang perjuangan,
makin rancak iramanya,
memuja semangat jiwa,
agar bangsa ini terus berdiri,
seteguh alif pada sifatnya.

Sajak Perjuangan Nukilan: Paradukhar Bardarakh

Lokasi: Parit Raja, Batu Pahat, Bandar Kesenian dan Kebudayaan, Johor. Malaysia.
Tarikh: 27 – 28 September 2014

Fotografer: Mahfuz Hj. Jaffar
(©2014 All Rights Reserved)

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“I was just interested in recording it, I didn’t know where and when it would be published. Documenting communities is my passion, because as time goes by, our history is disappearing.” – Mahfuz Hj. Jaffar

Photo-Essay: Speak Out Loud – Holocaust in GAZA

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by Authors: Mahfuz Jaffar

KUALA LUMPUR – Merdeka Square, 02 August 2014.

Thousands of Malaysians of various races thronged Dataran Merdeka here today to participate in “Save the Children of Gaza” peaceful-rally.

This rally was a message to the world that Malaysians totally rejected the Israel attack on Palestine.

As we know thousands of innocent Palestinians, mostly children and civilians, have been brutally killed. We want the Israeli attacks against the Palestinians stopped right now. And forever.!

Stop Genocide.!!!
Stop Apartheid.!!!
Stop Israeli Terror.!!!

Photo-Essay: Pulau Ketam (Vertical)

oleh Pangarang: Mahfuz Jaffar

Ini adalah kesinambungan dari esei saya sebelum ini “Fishing Village Built on Stilt“. Pulau Ketam hanya berkeluasan 63 km persegi dan ujud dari hasil mendapan lumpur dan berketinggian 10 meter dari aras laut. Untuk sampai ke sini, hanya mengambil masa 35 minit menaiki feri dari tanah besar Klang. Hanya 30-40 peratus sahaja pulau ini diduduki manakala selebihnya adalah hutan paya bakau dan mendapan lumpur. Platform-platform simen dan kayu dibina di atas ceracak-ceracak konkrit simen untuk mengelakkan air pasang laut manakala rumah-rumah dan bangunan dibina di atas platform ini oleh penduduk yang terdiri dari para nelayan sehingga ia menjadi satu penepatan nelayan hampir beratus tahun lamanya.

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Feri dan bot yang menjadi pengangkutan utama antara tanah besar Klang dan Pulau Ketam manakala basikal digunakan oleh penduduk untuk ke pekan kecil yang terletak di tengah-tengah pulau dan dua perkampungan yang dibangunkan. Ramai juga penduduknya hanya berbasikal dan berjalan kaki sahaja kerana kenderaan darat berenjin minyak tidak dibenarkan digunakan oleh Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan, Malaysia di sini. Rata-rata penduduk menjalankan aktiviti berasaskan industri laut dan sebagai nelayan. Ada diantara mereka menjalankan perniagaan kecil-kecilan untuk menampung keperluan makanan dan keperluan seharian penduduk di sini. Lain-lain keperluan makanan dan keperluan lain selain dari hasil laut didatangkan dari tanah besar.

Pulau Ketam adalah pulau yang sangat unik. Bagi penduduk di sini, mereka berbangga dengan hasil laut yang mewah terutamanya ketam dan ikan sehingga ia menjadi tumpuan pelancung dan pengunjung yang ingin menikmati keenakkan masakan di restoran-restoran yang diusahakan oleh penduduk di sini. Kehidupan yang sederhana ini tidaklah menjadi satu beban kepada penduduk Pulau Ketam bahkan kehidupan telah berkembang dari generasi ke genarasi sehingga lebih 134 tahun lamanya.

Photo-Essay: Penerus Tradisi Kompang

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oleh Pengarang: Mahfuz Jaffar

Tarikh Rakaman: 9 Jun 2014
Lokasi: Perusahan Kompang Rosdin Baki, Parit Jawa, Muar. Johor.

Tidak berseri sesuatu Majlis Perkahwinan jika tidak kedengaran paluan kompang dan gendang (rebana). Kompang walaupun biasa kedengaran pada Majlis Perkahwinan, Majlis Rasmi dan juga digunakan untuk menyorak pasukan ketika di Stadium menyaksikan perlawanan bola sepak namun tidak ramai yang mengetahui bagaimana ianya diperbuat.

Kebetulan semasa cuti penggal persekolahan yang lalu, saya pulang ke kampung di Muar menyambut Majlis Perkahwinan anak buah saya. Saya sempat melawat ke kilang perusahan membuat kompang di Parit Jawa, Muar yang berhampiran dengan rumah di kampung merakamkan proses membuat kompang dengan lensa kamera saya sendiri. Alhamdulillah, saya disambut baik oleh En. Rosdin pemilik perusahan tersebut dan pekerjanya En. Tumin dan membenarkan saya merakamkan proses membuat kompang.

Seharian saya merakam sambil memerhatikan mereka membuat kerja menghasilkan kompang dari mula memotong kayu sehingga memasang kulit kambing pada bingkai kayu tersebut. Mereka begitu tekun dan cekap melakukan kerja masing-masing sehingga boleh menghasilkan 20 hingga 30 buah kompang sehari dari proses mula hingga akhir.

Photo-Essay: Chow Kit Wet Market (Old Building)

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by Authors: Mahfuz Jaffar

Chow Kit Wet Market is also known as Pasar Raja Bot by locals opened since 1955 is the largest and oldest wet market in Kuala Lumpur.

It is located at Jalan Chow Kit (Chow Kit Road) off Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman.

Chow Kit Wet Market is not a place for the faint-hearted, this place is intense. A wet market (for the uninitiated) is one where the ground is perpetually wet with running rivulets of water and ice, which is constantly being splashed on the fish and other foods to keep them fresh. The market is shaded by funky ceilings, sometimes draped with cloth and over-sized, colorful umbrellas.

It’s an olfactory overload at this lively and culturally-enriching market as you wind your way past rows and rows of packed stalls. Fresh produce, exotic fruits, tofu, an abundance of gorgeous chilies, bags of spices, piles of eggs and a staggering array of weird and wonderful things to eat. Then there are the meat stalls, with a variety of animals at every stage of the butchering process, and seafood, still in the tank or flapping on the table where you can get pretty up close and personal with your food here.

Photo Essay: Lebuh Ampang – Little India

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by Authors: Mahfuz Jaffar

Other than Brickfields, there is one other place in Kuala Lumpur known for the title “Little India” along Lebuh Ampang Street. Lebuh Ampang was once a ‘kittinghi‘, a traditional money lending establishment set up by the Nattukottai Chettiar, a community from South India and founders of modern banking in Malaysia.

Lebuh Ampang has been taken over by restaurants and shops.