20/7, lunar 6th mth 24th day, is the Birthday of the Great Warrior of the 3 Kingdoms, GUAN DI or GUAN GONG. proper name Guan Yun Chang or Guan Yu. also recognised as the God of War & Martial Wealth God. He's famous for Loyalty, Bravery & Brotherhood. in Taoism, there're Temples built in memory of Him. in Buddhism, He's called Jia Nan Busa, guarding the Southern Heaven Gate, with a sword instead of the usual knife. in hong kong, many if not all police stations have a statue of Guan Gong. it's also in the underground society.
let me take this great day to share with you my relationship with Him.
in the mid-80s, Goddess of Mercy in a dream, instructed me to buy a Blue & White robe Guan Gong statue from a taiwanese emporium in people's park complex. His knife was movable! haven't seen white/blue robe! knife blade movable! the emporium is still around.
1 sunday went with a pal to check it out. Wow! really there's! the salesgirl said only 1 left & gave a discount coz the porcelain blade wasn't properly clued with the long bamboo handle. that's why it can move. dream came true! the height of the statue was more than 30 cm.
very carefully, the pal drove me to Man Fatt Lam temple. the late Rev Fa Kuen was totally impressed by the statue. sometime later, She enshrined it.
many years before the dream, i was always attracted by a large heroic picture of Guan Di, His's Godson Guan Ping, & colleague & sworn brother Zhang Fei hung on the wall of my granny's shop. her company prayed to it. when they decided to close shop, she can't give me that picture. coz she said worshipped before can only be burnt & not give away. as a consolation, she passed me the Urn & Sutra. both items now are antique.
the other sworn brother was Liu Bei. the 3 of them showed what Brotherhood is all about.
the White China Urn was with Blue Dragons motif which you won't believe it, matches the dream Guan Gong of Blue Robe very well!
one day my mother came back with a beautiful print of the 3 gentlemen. she told me she saw it when shopping. it's quite similar of what her mum had but much smaller in size.
statue or picture, common pose of Him carries Big Knife or Book. some prints show He, Zhang Fei & Guan Ping.
it usually rain on His Birthday. folk tale said that He sharpens his Knife to meet the guy who chopped off his Head! 'Return My Head'. Cao Cao, the famous rival, treated Guan Gong as his buddy. many times he persuaded Guan Gong to join him. but his loyalty was only with his own army.
firm belivers of Guan Di especially from the Taoism's section don't consume beef. it's stated in His Sutra, no beef. witness that will throw out if eat such meat. many movies & tv dramas were made to highlight Guan Gong in one way or another. He means Loyalty, Bravey, Justice, & No Nonsense.