In the north Malayan city of Penang at a colourful and solemn ceremony foundation stones were laid of the 82-foot reclining image of Lord Buddha.
C.U. Name plate at gate of Temple 'Wat Chiya Mangalaram Siamese Temple' M.S. The throne where foundation stones are kept. Woman praying. C.U. Two women with Joss sticks kneel infront of the throne praying. M.S. A crowd worshiping. C.U. A Chineseman striking the bell with a hammer. C.U. Bell and hammer (signal for starting ceremony). Interior. (But it is a hut so sun light from the roof holes fall on the seated worshippers) C.U. Chief priest (the monk with specticles thin tall man) and Thai consul in Penang, (short man with specticles) ties Mr. Suphot Phiansunthon's belt (Sash) and pins flower at the chest. M.S. Thai consul in his full ceremonial dress bending and lighting the candle and worshiping. M.S. & C.U. Seated audience watching the ceremony. 2 shots of crowd where the five girls are standing with 'Sash' belt around them. M.S. Heads and bodies from back as they are watching their hand clasped in front (Buddhist style). C.U. A baby with her mother (wife of an Australian Army) C.U. Mother's face as she is watching with her umbrella. C.U. Only lady member, on of the nine, with her belt on. Few C.U.is the of an old lady, babies, etc., their hands folded, and eyes sometimes closed and sometimes watching the ceremony. EXTERIOR: Mrs. Chong Eng Hye, receives her foundation stone from the monk (she was the only lady among nine to lay foundation) She is seen in 2 shots receiving the stone and proceeding to lay the stone. M.S. Place where stones are laid. Stones are laid by the Bhikkus (disciples) and monks and the Thai consul in Penang. They carried the stones and laid it. C.U. Stones are lowered through a rope and another man is receiving it. (Few shots of Thai consul putting the stone in) Other shots of same sequence by other persons. M.S. The Chief Priest puts stone in and then straitens his body. C.U. The Chief Priest puts stone in and then straitens his body. Many shots of the Chief priest when he goes around sprinkling holy water. He goes around the 9 places where stones are laid and then go to the people attending the ceremony. C.U. Stones being handed over. People, Monks Etc., Busy putting the stones in. M.S. & C.U. of girls coming towards camera with dishes filled with flower. (These girls coming and taking their places. C.U. Tall old whiteman, Dr. Robert S. Clifton (Buddhist name: Venerable Sumangalo) comes out accompanied by Miss Teoh Ah Im (The girl Attendant carrying flower) Many shots of the girl and Doctor as they went around. Throwing the flowers into the hole and places of stone. C.U. Dr. Clifton in hismonk dress (pinc colour, different from other monk) finishes his flower throwing, smiles at cheering crowd and blesses them. The girl attendant follows him. C,U. The bared footed Doctor walks in the hot sun, M.S. Dr. and other monks, their bare feet and then full body. M.S. & C.U. Women, girl, children policemen and Pressman etc., M.S. 9 stone laying place and decorations. C.U. 9 stone laying place and decorations. C.U. A stone is seen right at the bottom of the hole with flower coins on it.
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Chief priest speaks in Siamese and is followed by Dr. Clifton. Dr. Clifton after his short message blessed the people.....M.S. and C.U. of Dr. and many other people is seen. In this second roll, most of the shots or C.Us. of various activities. L.D. of entire place, and C.U. of walking people, walking monks, and then the frand feast. C.U. Thai consul, and other monks eating. Dr. Clifton is seen eating in many shots, he is using his hand and sometimes a spoon. Dr. Clifton also smokes cigarettes. Also bell girls. Seated at the floor, with their Sash (the belt) still on, eating. The girl attendant Miss Teoh Ah Im also eating. A lady with a baby is seated around with a tree where a dollar note hangs up. The Statue of Budha and other close ups of same sequence.
The Roll No: 2 is mixture of outdoor and indoor shots and its exposure is a little under because filter was used to control the patches and glare of the sun.
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Background: In the north Malayan city of Penang at a colourful and solemn ceremony foundation stones were laid of the 82-foot reclining image of Lord Buddha. The cost of building this enormous image is estimated at GBP.7,000 stg. and when completed it will be the largest of its kind in Malaya.
The ceremony was held at Penang's "Wat Chaiya Mangalaram Buddhist Temple."
Hundreds of Buddhists from Malaya, Thailand and other countries attended the ceremony, and among them was the world-famous American monk Dr. Robert S. Clifton (Buddhist nake: Venerable Sumangalo).
The erection of this reclining image of Lord Buddha is to commemorate the triumph of Buddhist teachings which the Buddhists believe will come about in the 25th century A.D.
The ceremony began with the pealing of the temple bells when the Thai Consul in Penang, Mr. Suphot Phiansunthen lighted the candles of the shrine of Lord Buddha.
Then Mon Ven. Pra Atta-Moli initiated the ceremony. The layers of the foundation stone were presented with yellow sash (belt) and holy water sprinkled on them.
The "Divine Teacher" who had been specially invited from Thailand to perform the ceremony, presented foundation stones to each of the layers.
Ven. Pra Atta-Moli laid the central foundation stone first. After this the Thai Consul led in the laying of the eight other foundation stones.
(The eight foundation stones symbolise the eight chief disciples of Buddha who wandered forth to proclaim and preach the Doctrine in the eight cardinal points of the compass: East, south-east, south, southwest, west, northwest, north, and northeast.)
Mrs. Choong Eng Hye (pronounced Hai) was the only woman among the eight to lay a foundation stone.
Monks then blessed the foundation stones.
Addresses were delivered by several monks including Ven. Sumangalo. (su-men-ge-low).
Chanting by the congregation and presentation of food to the participating Bhikkus (disciples) brought the ceremony to an end.