20 April 2010

Seen in Hong Kong #15 : Villain Hitters



Cardamom. I’d gone to every single supermarket and could not find cardamom. I need cardamom for my butter chicken recipe. Finally, I got in touch with my friend, Sonia, who directed me to the Indian Provision Store behind the South China Hotel, near the Canal Road market. I got my cardamom. Yes. I also got basmati rice and muruku!

I’d never really explored the area around Canal Road. On our way to the Indian provision store, Chris and I saw this --


Villain beater1


We just had to stop and gawk look. I had heard about villain hitters (Da Xiaoren/打小人), but had never seen them before. These old ladies sit there below the Canal Road Flyover, with their plastic stools, paper tigers, and little altars. Some people go to them when they want their enemies cursed or when they have want to have some “demons” exorcised.


Villain hitter2

Villain hitter3


Apparently, you go to these ladies and provide them with a piece of paper with the name and the date of birth of the person you want cursed and these ladies will literally curse and beat that paper (or the paper tiger) with a shoe or a piece of stone until the paper's all tattered and then they burn it. All this for HK$50 (US$6.50). Does it work? I don’t know.

Some tourists are game enough to give it a go… just for fun. I think these villain hitters get as much business from the tourists as they do from people who are there with earnest issues. Interesting, eh?

Would you give it a try if you ever visit Hong Kong?

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29 COMMENTS:

LPC said...

From their faces, I believe they may have some real talent at this:).

jen@odbt said...

Pretty interesting. I guess they're just like the psychics and tarot readers you come across in New Orleans. Makes me wonder if it does work too.

Nezzy said...

My answer would be no. I want nothin' to do with idols or voodoo hexin' women. The story is very interesting and your pis are fab, but honey I'd pass them by. I turn to my God in times of need.

You have yourself one restful evening, sweetie!!!

Alicia said...

Oh, I'm sure they rake in some big bucks!!

Glad you got your ingredients!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

That's interesting that people are willing to pay money for that. I would've taken pictures too...knowing that I'm nosy!

Veronica Lee said...

Interesting. Nah, I wouldn't give it a try!

Happy Tuesday!!

Follygirl said...

Very interesting , but I don't know...???
Your pictures are great!
Greetings from Germany,
Liebe Grüße, Petra

May said...

woohoo!! never heard of villain hitters before!! Was quite interesting to read!!!

Katherine said...

Wow, thats really interesting to read, thank-you for sharing!

Hope you are having a wonderful week..

K xx

paige said...

Glad you got your cardamon. It's challenging when I can't find something I'm used to having everywhere - because I'm in another country. It's also interesting because they have NEW stuff. :)
These photos are wonderful! How interesting. I'd try it but I don't currently have anyone who I want to curse!

Anita Johnson said...

We use cardamon in a Swedish coffee cake recipe. What a different experience your day is...I'd stay away form the villian hitters, what a sad way to make a living...I'm going with "This is the day that the Lord has made, I will be glad and rejoice in it!"

LeAnna said...

Blog hopped here from Spontaneous Clapping, and this made me laugh. My former boss and I would always joke about our "favorite" clients, and how he wished he had one of those dolls you poked needles in for some of them. I think he would have definitely gone for this. ;)
Yay for cardamom and basmati. I happen to heart both of those things. :)

Lindy said...

Do they take emails?!

Wanda said...

Yum...I love cardamon too. One of my fav places to shop is an Indian grocery store. I always make basmati rice but add "kewra" to the water. It's an essence and makes all the difference in the taste. A little rose water too.

Oh yum....I'm hungry now.

JennyMac said...

They look like serious business. I couldnt do it.

Cardamom..love it.

LPC said...

Oh, and guess who won the NaraCamicie shirt giveaway?

Dandy said...

Do you ever get nervous taking pictures of people? I'm always worried they don't want to be photographed. I need to get over it.

So interesting! I don't think I'd do it though. I'm a weirdo like that. I might start giggling and they might curse me instead :)

I love muruku, I might pick some up today.

RoseBelle said...

Ok, what a mere coincidence. I, too, was looking for cardamom yesterday. I found mine and bought the organic grounded one and a bottle of cardamom pods. I made Indian chicken yesterday for dinner. These spices are so expensive! I also need curry leaves for another dish but no luck, couldn't find any yesterday. I was told to drive to another city to look for them. I think I will do that. Hope you find yours.

This Heavenly Life said...

Yikes! I don't think I'd be able to actually curse anyone, but the whole setup is fascinating!

J. L. W. said...

Those women look like they are a force to be reckoned with.

blueviolet said...

Now that is too spooky for me!

☼¨`*•.♥Rocío♥.•*¨`☼ said...

Wow! Cool post, very interesting! It made me think about the Asian movies I have seen!

Love all the shots you got!!

Have a Supha Tuesday!!!.......【ツ】

Six Feet Under Blog said...

Will do!

Life with Kaishon said...

I have quite a few names I would like to submit... : )

Angela said...

Wow! In my mind I'm saying "For real?? Like.. for real?' Really interesting. Thanks for sharing

Mahmee said...

Funny...when I made butter chicken about a month ago, I could not find the cayenne pepeper (which is weird). Butter chicken...yum.
I think I would try out the Villain Hitters...I mean, why not?
M.

Stacey 18 said...

Very interesting, seems a bit harsh. Don't think I hate anyone enough to put a curse on them.

Laurie said...

Cool pictures. I have never been out East. Good to learn about other parts of the world.

Aunt LoLo said...

Oh, that's crazy!! I've never heard of that before.

So...I guess I wouldn't even try it. I'd be afraid it would work! LOL

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